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Be Here Now

Ram Dass (1971)
22 27,972

This book is a classic text on Hindu spirituality that bloomed open like a lotus flower in the wake of the hippie movement. The seed for this book was planted in the mind of Harvard psychiatrist turned Indian mystic, Ram Dass, and was written—with the blessings of his guru Neem Karoli Baba—for a Western audience who were, for the most part, materially rich but spiritually poor. Be Here Now offers its readers and followers a drug-free alternative for attaining higher states of consciousness, while its simple message to live in the present encourages the pursuit and cultivation of inner peace.

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The Wisdom Of Insecurity

Alan Watts (1951)
19 34,302

This book explores man’s quest for psychological security, examining our efforts to find spiritual and intellectual certainty in the realms of religion and philosophy. The Wisdom of Insecurity underlines the importance of our search for stability in an age where human life seems particularly vulnerable and uncertain. Watts argues our insecurity is the consequence of trying to be secure and that, ironically, salvation and sanity lie in the recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves.

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Trust

Alan Watts
5 1,915 15:04

Alan Watts asks whether playing the game of life is worth the effort required. The answer is, as always, simple: if you’re going to play the game, commit to it, play it well, and trust yourself to play it well.

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Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu (506 B.C.E.)
1 6,523

Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Te Ching is one of the true classics of spiritual literature. It is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity, and compassion. Through aphorisms and parable, it leads readers toward the Tao, or the “Way”: harmony with the life force of the universe.

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The Myopic View of the World

Alan Watts
9 6,980 54:04

In this lecture, Alan Watts argues that we spend most of our life in a sort of myopia; that is, only perceiving a very microscopic subsection of the reality which we occupy. By mentally “zooming out,” humans can begin to see (and enjoy) the marvelous universal dance that has been unfolding since the Big Bang and is expressing itself in and through us at this very moment.

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Arcology: The City In The Image Of Man

Paolo Soleri (1969)
13 42,122

In what is considered his magnum opus, visionary architect Paolo Soleri proposed a philosophy for a new kind of urban living: the arcology, a vast city-organism designed to exist in harmony with nature. Split into two sections, the book first explains the philosophical, moral and economical necessity for humanity’s transition to arcological urban landscapes, and proposes that the general purpose of life is aesthetogenesis: the universe progressively complexifying and interconnecting, consciously reshaping itself into compassionate structures. In the second section, Soleri showcases 30 potential arcologies (including one space habitat) through the use of incredibly detailed diagrams, and explains how each was carefully designed to integrate itself economically and ecologically into the world.

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Essential Lectures 08: Death

Alan Watts (1972)
4 3,509 29:15

Alan Watts comments on the circle of life and our response to the surprising event of being born in the first place.

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Out Of Your Mind 03: The Web Of Life (Part 1)

Alan Watts
5 6,308 56:16

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The Tao of Philosophy 2: Images of God

Alan Watts
5 2,822 25:16

Alan Watts talks on the impact of various models of the ultimate reality, and the contrasts between male and female symbolism.

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Out Of Your Mind 11: The World as Emptiness (Part 1)

Alan Watts
16 8,066 01:17:04

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Out Of Your Mind 04: The Web Of Life (Part 2)

Alan Watts
3 8,342 01:03:13

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The Power of Myth, Part 1: The Hero’s Adventure

Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers (1988)
13 7,461 54:38

Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell begin their groundbreaking and timeless conversation with an exploration of the classic hero cycle, including consistent and enduring hero patterns in literature, real life, and even the Star Wars films. Campbell also encourages the audience to view parts of their own lives as heroic journeys.

13

Mr. X

Carl Sagan (1969)
5 2,946

Written in 1969 under the pseudonym Mr. X to avoid the heavy social stigma associated with marijuana consumption at the time, Carl Sagan documented his personal experiences with cannabis in this essay in order to dispel common misconceptions about the drug. It was later published in the 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered by Lester Grinspoon. Sagan enjoyed cannabis on a regular basis for the rest of his life, but never spoke of it publicly.

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The Tao of Philosophy 6: Man In Nature

Alan Watts (1965)
7 6,696 54:24

Alan Watts explains that how we define the borders of our self determines our relationship to the environment and our role in the universe.

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The Tao of Philosophy 5: Myth of Myself

Alan Watts (1965)
6 4,891 41:34

Alan Watts explains how we are not born into this world, but grow out of it; for in the same way an apple tree apples, the Earth peoples.

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A True Materialist Society

Alan Watts
7 7,629 01:02:26

Alan presents his argument that the United States—often referred to as the ultimate materialist society—is anything but: it lacks a sincere appreciation for the material world and inadvertently destroys it in an attempt to “live the good life.”

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Being Far Out

Alan Watts
3 5,197 40:31

Alan Watts touches upon the peculiar tendency of some psychedelic drugs to ignite mystical experiences similar to those known in the Eastern philosophies. However, wheras Buddhism, Hinduism, and Zen tend to accompany these mystical experiences with healthy doses of discipline in order to cultivate positive outcomes, psychedelically induced experiences may lead to unhealthy misinterpretations and possibly even delusions of grandeur if not handled properly.

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Out Of Your Mind 05: The Inevitable Ecstasy (Part 1)

Alan Watts
11 8,750 01:18:20

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Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship

Alan Watts (1964)
40 59,781

Alan Watts examines the theme that our normal sense of the person as a lonely island of consciousness is a dramatic illusion based on theological imagery. In a global context, the meaning of this imagery inevitably changes, yet without losing its unique values.

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Essential Lectures 01: Nothingness

Alan Watts (1972)
2 3,374 27:11

Basing his ideas on sensory perception and physical experience, Alan Watts makes a compelling argument that everything actually depends upon nothing for its very existence.

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Out Of Your Mind 06: The Inevitable Ecstasy (Part 2)

Alan Watts
4 8,673 01:16:55

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Essential Lectures 04: God

Alan Watts (1972)
3,491 27:56

To many of us the image of God as a gray-bearded omnipotent and omnipresent supreme being has become implausible, yet the common sense notions of divine authority surrounding that image persist.

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Lecture on Zen

Alan Watts
5,951

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Essential Lectures 03: Meditation

Alan Watts (1972)
4 3,094 28:32

As Alan Watts explains, “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts and loses touch with reality.” He covers basic mediation techniques, including listening without naming and mantras or sonic meditations.

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Q and A With God

Alan Watts
6 13,320 01:45:21

After discussing the nature of consciousness, the human mind, and the philosophical viewpoint that every person is God, Alan Watts assumes the role of God himself for the latter half of this lecture, answering each question his audience serves with wit and insight.

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The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Alan Watts (1966)
29 42,273

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. In The Book, philosopher Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe. In this mind-opening and revelatory work, Watts has crafted a primer on what it means to be human—and a manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.

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This Is It (and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience)

Alan Watts (1960)
24 31,971

Six revolutionary essays exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on “cosmic consciousness” (including Alan Watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.

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The Veil of Thoughts 1

Alan Watts (1965)
5 4,260 36:45

In this seminar, held in Sausalito, Alan describes the ways in which we have concealed truth behind a veil of thoughts. He talks about how and why we mistake symbols for reality, argues that civilization may be a misguided experiment, offers observations about the way in which abstractions have become more powerful than the realities they are referencing, and explains how we can become “unbamboozled” from these ways of thinking.

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Cultural vs. Natural Behavior

Alan Watts
2 7,329 51:18

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Out Of Your Mind 09: The World As Self (Part 1)

Alan Watts
9 8,702 01:18:30

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Essential Lectures 06: Time

Alan Watts (1972)
1 2,563 20:26

Here Alan Watts points out that our insistence that the past determines the present is nonsensical.

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Who Is It That Knows There Is No Ego?

Alan Watts
5 5,487 50:41

Alan explores the idea of separateness, and whether our language has tricked us into falsely believing that things are individual, independent, and comprehensible all on their own.

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The Tao of Philosophy 1: Slices of Wisdom

Alan Watts
1 3,395 25:33

Highlights from the "The Love of Wisdom" radio series by Alan Watts

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Essential Lectures 07: Work and Play

Alan Watts (1972)
4 3,517 28:39

Alan Watts swirls an orange on a string and shoots an arrow high into the air before explaining why the art of living is being paid to play–and to the extent that we feel compelled to work and survive, life becomes a drag.

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Out Of Your Mind 08: The World As Just So (Part 2)

Alan Watts
2 8,921 01:10:34

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The Tao of Philosophy 3: Coincidence of Opposites

Alan Watts
5 2,604 21:08

Alan Watts explains the sense in nonsense and how to enjoy the playfulness of life while sincerely participating in the human game.

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The Tao of Philosophy 7: Symbols and Meaning

Alan Watts
2 2,682 25:10

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Out Of Your Mind 10: The World As Self (Part 2)

Alan Watts
1 9,158 01:18:06

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Essential Lectures 12: Conversation With Myself

Alan Watts (1971)
13 3,122 27:59

While walking in a field above Muir Woods, Alan Watts points to humankind's attempts to straighten out a wiggly world as the root of our ecological crisis.

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The Tao of Philosophy 8: Limits of Language

Alan Watts (1973)
2 2,778 26:00

Alan Watts explains how language helps to construct reality, and what to do about it. He then follows up with the challenges of expressing the ineffable.

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Ecological Awareness 1

Alan Watts
8 6,866 54:30

When Alan Watts talked about the ‘mystical experience’ among scientific circles, he preferred to call it ‘ecological awareness’—referring to a state of mind in which a person ceases to feel separate from the environment in which he or she exists.

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Mysticism and Morality

Alan Watts
3 5,425 51:21

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Discipline

Alan Watts
5 2,991 23:08

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Essential Lectures 05: Cosmic Drama

Alan Watts (1972)
2 3,382 28:06

Alan Watts further explores the Hindu dramatic view of the universe, in which God plays all of the parts – all the while pretending not to know who he/she/it is!

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Mind and Matter

Erwin Schrödinger (1956)
26 25,140

Based on the Tarner Lectures delivered at Trinity College in Cambridge, Mind and Matter is Erwin Schrödinger's investigation into a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times.

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Essential Lectures 02: Ego

Alan Watts (1972)
3 3,609 28:44

Alan Watts was concerned with the way we trap ourselves in words. He considered it unfortunate that we separate the “I” from reality and think of “I” in terms of how others see us or the image that we want to project. What is the answer?

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Future of Privacy and Human Organization

Alan Watts
4 6,496 55:00

Alan Watts calls into question whether our desire of privacy is justified, and how we can organize ourselves into resilient structures (or metaorganisms) that are less susceptible to corruption.

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Essential Lectures 10: Clothing

Alan Watts (1972)
1 4,119 28:52

In this whimsical presentation, Alan Watts demonstrates a variety of cultural garb and points out how each influences the way we live and feel. His choices of attire include a western business suit, kimonos, and a sarong.

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The Houseboat Summit

Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder (1967)
5 11,375 01:07:02

An extended conversation between Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder on the problem of whether to “drop out or take over,” conducted on Alan Watts’ houseboat in 1967.

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The Tao of Philosophy 4: Seeing Through The Net

Alan Watts (1969)
3 5,367 44:17

In a talk given to the IBM Systems Group, Alan Watts describes the wiggly world of nature and the net we cast over it.

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Human Civilization and AI

Elon Musk, Joe Rogan (2018)
7 3,124 22:30

56

The Meaning of Happiness

Alan Watts (1940)

Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something. Here, Alan Watts offers a more challenging thesis: authentic happiness comes from embracing life as a whole in all its contradictions and paradoxes, an attitude he calls the “way of acceptance.” Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and analytic psychology, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us and the inner world inside us—the unconscious mind, with its irrational desires, lurking beyond the awareness of the ego. Although written early in his career, The Meaning of Happiness displays the hallmarks of his mature style: the crystal-clear writing, the homespun analogies, the dry wit, and the breadth of knowledge that made Alan Watts one of the most influential philosophers of his generation.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 01: Man and Nature

Alan Watts (1959)
27:43

Alan Watts speaks on the contrast between classical Chinese and historic Western attitudes in regard to man's place in nature. Do we see ourselves as nature's conquerors or collaborators?

58

On G. K. Chesterton

Alan Watts
2 5,310 41:01

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The Phenomenon of Man

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1955)
115 97,981

Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin applied his whole life, his tremendous intellect, and his great spiritual faith to building a philosophy that would reconcile religion with the scientific theory of evolution. In this timeless book, which contains the quintessence of his thought, Teilhard argues that just as living organisms sprung from inorganic matter and evolved into ever more complex thinking beings, humans are evolving toward an "omega point"—defined by Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.

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Who Are You

Ram Dass (1976)
1 8,590 01:01:17

61

Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal

Alan Watts (1974)
34 48,648

Over the course of nineteen essays, Alan Watts ruminates on the philosophy of nature, ecology, aesthetics, religion, and metaphysics. Assembled in the form of a mountain journal, written during a retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, CA, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown is Watts' meditation on the art of feeling out and following the watercourse way of nature, known in Chinese as the Tao. Embracing a form of contemplative meditation that allows us to stop analyzing our experiences and start living in to them, the book explores themes such as the natural world, established religion, race relations, karma and reincarnation, astrology and tantric yoga, the nature of ecstasy, and much more.

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Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism

Gregory Stock (1993)
75 126,793

In this visionary book, Gregory Stock gives us a new way of understanding our world and our future. He develops the provocative thesis that human society has become an immense living being: a global superorganism in which we humans, knitted together by our modern technology and communication, are like the cells in an animal's body. Drawing on impressive research, Stock shows this newly formed superorganism to be more than metaphor: it is an actual living creature, which he has named Metaman, meaning beyond and transcending humans.

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Essential Lectures 09: The More It Changes

Alan Watts (1972)
1 3,767 29:15

Alan Watts speaks on our fascination with reproduction through media, and on the far out notion that human beings may just be one star's way of becoming another star!

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The Omega Seed: An Eschatological Hypothesis

Paolo Soleri (1981)
66 81,081

The Ωmega Seed brings together Paolo Soleri’s writings on eschatology, that branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of mankind. Soleri believes that the simulation of the divine will provide man with a blueprint for creation not only of our physical environment but also of a new stage in the evolution of mankind. His work is against the things of a materialistic society, toward a redesigning of the urban civilization of earth.

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Future of Communications

Alan Watts
9 7,371 01:09:13

66

The Veil of Thoughts 2

Alan Watts (1965)
7 4,511 40:37

In this seminar, held in Sausalito, Alan describes the ways in which we have concealed truth behind a veil of thoughts. He talks about how and why we mistake symbols for reality, argues that civilization may be a misguided experiment, offers observations about the way in which abstractions have become more powerful than the realities they are referencing, and explains how we can become “unbamboozled” from these ways of thinking.

67

The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution

Erich Jantsch (1980)
90 118,246

The evolution of the universe—ranging from cosmic and biological to sociocultural evolution—is viewed in terms of the unifying paradigm of self-organization. The contours of this paradigm emerge from the synthesis of a number of important concepts, and provide a scientific foundation to a new world-view which emphasizes process over structure, nonequilibrium over equilibrium, evolution over permanency, and individual creativity over collective stabilization. The book, with its emphasis on the interaction of microstructures with the entire biosphere, ecosystems etc., and on how micro- and macrocosmos mutually create the conditions for their further evolution, provides a comprehensive framework for a deeper understanding of human creativity in a time of transition.

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The Veil of Thoughts 3

Alan Watts (1965)
5 5,189 43:58

In this seminar, held in Sausalito, Alan describes the ways in which we have concealed truth behind a veil of thoughts. He talks about how and why we mistake symbols for reality, argues that civilization may be a misguided experiment, offers observations about the way in which abstractions have become more powerful than the realities they are referencing, and explains how we can become “unbamboozled” from these ways of thinking.

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The Varieties of Scientific Experience

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (2006)
3 53,565

Carl Sagan's prescient exploration of the relationship between religion and science, and his personal search for God.

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Ecological Awareness 2

Alan Watts
6 6,531 57:40

When Alan Watts talked about the ‘mystical experience’ among scientific circles, he preferred to call it ‘ecological awareness’—referring to a state of mind in which a person ceases to feel separate from the environment in which he or she exists.

71

Ecological Awareness 4

Alan Watts
6 7,617 01:05:05

When Alan Watts talked about the ‘mystical experience’ among scientific circles, he preferred to call it ‘ecological awareness’—referring to a state of mind in which a person ceases to feel separate from the environment in which he or she exists.

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Ecological Awareness 3

Alan Watts
7 6,327 55:42

When Alan Watts talked about the ‘mystical experience’ among scientific circles, he preferred to call it ‘ecological awareness’—referring to a state of mind in which a person ceases to feel separate from the environment in which he or she exists.

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Self and Other 1

Alan Watts
14 5,705

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Essential Lectures 11: Do You Smell?

Alan Watts (1972)
2,972 27:42

Alan Watts speaks about our most repressed sense. Here he introduces viewers to the intricacies of incense in front of a small Buddhist altar, while commenting on the types of incense used in Church rituals and all across Asia.

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The Nature of Reality

Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore (1930)
2 2,351

Einstein invited Rabindranath Tagore to his home in Caputh, near Berlin, for a stimulating intellectual conversation on the topic of science and religion. According to Einstein's step-son-in-law Dmitri Marianoff, “it was interesting to see them together—Tagore, the poet with the head of a thinker, and Einstein, the thinker with the head of a poet. It seemed to an observer as though two planets were engaged in a chat.” The conversation was recorded and subsequently published in the January 1931 issue of Modern Review.

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Cosmos 01: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
10 5,603 01:00:24

Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos and a "Spaceship of the Imagination" (shaped like a dandelion seed). The ship journeys through the universe's hundred billion galaxies, the Local Group, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, our Solar System, and finally the planet Earth. Eratosthenes' successful calculation of the circumference of Earth leads to a description of the ancient Library of Alexandria. Finally, the "Ages of Science" are described, before pulling back to the full span of the Cosmic Calendar.

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Conversations with Paolo Soleri

Paolo Soleri, Lissa McCullough (2012)
12 18,381

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Destination Unknown

Adyashanti (2005)
1 3,983 36:45

79

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

Alan Watts (1962)
29 19,397

The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts' exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline and psilocybin can facilitate when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding. More than an artifact, it is both a riveting memoir of Alan's personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred.

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Who Are We?

Aldous Huxley (1955)
5 8,000 01:09:06

A lecture held at the Vedanta Society of Southern California’s Hollywood temple, in which Huxley goes into some depth about core issues about human existence, asking the primal question: what is our true nature?

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Towards the Unknown

Terence McKenna, Michael Toms (1983)
5 5,477 43:40

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Shunryū Suzuki (1970)

In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It's a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice.

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Vertigo at History’s Edge

Terence McKenna (1994)
13 7,753 01:21:40

A lecture held at the Open Center in New York City with the subtitle “Nothing comes unannounced.”

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The Doors of Perception

Aldous Huxley (1954)
7 16,460

The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay, released as a book, by Aldous Huxley. First published in 1954, it details his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon in May 1953. The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision". He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion.

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Critical Path

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1981)
39

Critical Path is Fuller's master work—the summing up of a lifetime's thought and concern—as urgent and relevant as it was upon its first publication in 1981. The book details how humanity found itself in its current situation—at the limits of the planet's natural resources and facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises. The crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, Critical Path offers the reader the excitement of understanding the essential dilemmas of our time and how responsible citizens can rise to meet this ultimate challenge to our future.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 03: Time

Alan Watts (1959)
26:58

This program looks at the East Indian concept of time and the illusion of living for the future as the tomorrow that never comes. Plans for the future are only useful for those able to live fully in the present.

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The Symbolic and the Real

Alan Watts
4 5,224 45:11

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 02: Things and Thinks

Alan Watts (1959)
27:05

Alan Watts presents an explanation of the East Indian idea of maya: the division of the world into separate things and events is a work of human thought and not a fact of nature. Watts examines the disastrous consequences of confusing thought with fact.

89

The Bridge Between Matter And Spirit is Matter Becoming Spirit: The Arcology of Paolo Soleri

Paolo Soleri (1973)
15 61,277

This volume brings together the essays of Paolo Soleri in which he sets forth his philosophy of arcology (architecture ecology) and pleads for a new stage in the evolution of human society—a move toward compactness, or miniaturization, of our cities. To do so we must build solids rather than veneers; we must flee from a “flat” cityscape that debilitates and suppresses the individual. Arcologies, three dimensional macrostructures, are for populations of thousands or of millions.

90

Self and Other 3

Alan Watts
4 4,771

91

Does Matter Create Consciousness?

Swami Sarvapriyananda (2019)
1 2,450 17:40

Many Eastern views of reality posit that it is consciousness that lies at the foundation of existence, not the material world.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 06: On Death

Alan Watts (1959)
27:08

Alan Watts explores Buddhist ideas of the value of death as the great renovator, including the Wheel of Life, and the idea of reincarnation as it is understood by philosophical Buddhists.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 04: The Void

Alan Watts (1959)
28:15

Buddhism symbolizes its basic spiritual experience as a void, but Alan Watts explains this must not be taken literally. Watts explores the void as a symbol of freedom and of a world feeling which can be described poetically though not logically as the "absolute rightness" of every moment.

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Krishnamurti's Notebook

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1976)
14

When Krishnamurti’s Notebook first became available in 1976, it was soon realized that it was a spiritually unique document giving his perceptions and experiences and describing his states of consciousness. It is a kind of diary, but one that is little concerned with the day to day process of living, though very much aware of the natural world.

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Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1969)
19 22,948

In this essay on man, Mr. Fuller expresses what may well be his penultimate view of the human condition. Here, in a mood at once philosophical and involved, Mr. Fuller traces man's intellectual evolution and weighs his capability for survival on this magnificent craft, this Spaceship Earth, this superbly designed sphere almost negligible in dimension compared to the great vastness of space. Mr. Fuller is optimistic that man will survive and, through research and development and increased industrialization, generate wealth so rapidly that he can do very great things. But, he notes, there must be an enormous educational task successfully accomplished right now to convert man's tendency toward oblivion into a realization of his potential, to a universe-exploring advantage from this Spaceship Earth.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 05: The Silent Mind

Alan Watts (1959)
28:12

One who talks all the time can never hear what others say. And one who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. Alan Watts examines the value of silent-mindedness or the practice of meditation in Hinduism and Buddhism.

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Visionary Experience

Aldous Huxley (1961)
6,830 52:29

Presented at the 14th Annual Congress of Applied Psychology, which was held in Copenhagen. Aldous Huxley had been invited to the symposium by Timonthy Leary and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass). The two had met some months earlier, when Tim invited the author of the first two major works of modern psychedelic literature (The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell) to participate in the Harvard research program. Huxley agreed and was “Subject no.11” in a group psilocybin session run by Leary in November 1960. (Learn more at the Timothy Leary Archives.)

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 09: Pain

Alan Watts (1959)
28:06

Alan Watts discusses the Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist ideas about physical and moral pain, emphasizing the art of accepting pain by ridding it of its contextual associations.

99

Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity

Gregory Bateson (1979)
28 74,199

Renowned for his contributions to anthropology, biology, and the social sciences, Bateson asserts that man must think as Nature does to live in harmony on the earth and, citing examples from the natural world, he maintains that biological evolution is a mental process.

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Letter to Dr. Robert Marcus

Albert Einstein (1950)
1 102

Einstein wrote this letter of condolence to a grieving father named Robert S. Marcus, whose son had succumbed to polio a few days earlier.

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This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution

David Sloan Wilson (2019)
47 72,737

It is widely understood that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology. Yet, according to David Sloan Wilson, the Darwinian revolution won’t be truly complete until it is applied more broadly—to everything associated with the words “human,” “culture,” and “policy.” In a series of engaging and insightful examples—from the breeding of hens to the timing of cataract surgeries to the organization of an automobile plant—Wilson shows how an evolutionary worldview provides a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution but also the fast-paced changes that are having an impact on our world and ourselves. What emerges is an incredibly empowering argument: If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes, we can solve the problems of our age at all scales—from the efficacy of our groups to our well-being as individuals to our stewardship of the planet Earth.

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The Religion of Man

Rabindranath Tagore (1922)
70 43,727

The Religion of Man is a compilation of lectures by Rabindranath Tagore, edited by him and drawn largely from his Hibbert Lectures given at Oxford University. A Brahmo playwright and poet of global renown, Tagore deals with the universal themes of God, divine experience, illumination, and spirituality.

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The Society of Mind

Marvin Minsky (1985)
16

Marvin Minsky (one of the fathers of computer science and cofounder of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT) gives a revolutionary answer to the age-old question: How does the mind work? Minsky brilliantly portrays the mind as a 'society' of tiny components that are themselves mindless. Mirroring his theory, Minsky boldly casts The Society of Mind as an intellectual puzzle whose pieces are assembled along the way. Each chapter, presented on a self-contained page, corresponds to a piece in the puzzle. As the pages turn, a unified theory of the mind emerges, like a mosaic. Ingenious, amusing, and easy to read, The Society of Mind is an adventure in imagination.

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Transformation of Man, Part 1: Are We Aware That We Are Fragmented?

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
2 9,296 01:00:43

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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The Primacy of Direct Experience

Terence McKenna (1994)
12 7,293 01:07:57

In this, the closing session of a June 1994 workshop, Terence McKenna tells us directly what he thinks this human life is actually about: the primacy of direct experience; a focus on the present-at-hand.

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Participatory Universe

John Archibald Wheeler

An attempt to illustrate the universe’s reflective, metacognitive nature.

108

Realizing Human Potential

Aldous Huxley (1960)
51:43

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 10: Nonsense

Alan Watts (1959)
27:06

Sense or meaning is a property ascribed to symbols rather than the real word. Alan Watts uses this differentiation as a prelude to the Taoist and Zen Buddhist idea of the perfectly "purposeless" life and its parallels in Christianity.

110

Metapatterns: Across Space, Time, and Mind

Tyler Volk (1995)
47 72,806

In the interdisciplinary tradition of Buckminster Fuller’s work, Gregory Bateson’s Mind and Nature, and Fritjof Capra’s Tao of Physics, Metapatterns embraces both nature and culture, seeking out the grand-scale patterns that help explain the functioning of our universe. Metapatterns begins with the archetypal patterns of space, both form-building and relational. Tyler Volk then turns to the arrows, breaks, and cycles that infuse the workings of time. With artful dexterity, he brings together many layers of comprehension, drawing on an astounding range of material from art, architecture, philosophy, mythology, biology, geometry, and the atmospheric and oceanographic sciences. Richly illustrating his metapatterns with a series of sophisticated collages prepared for this book, Volk offers an exciting new look at science and the imagination. As playful and intuitive as it is logical and explanatory, Metapatterns offers an enlightening view of the functional, universal form in space, processes in time, and concepts in mind.

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Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Gregory Bateson (1972)

Steps to an Ecology of Mind is a collection of Gregory Bateson's short works over his long and varied career. Subject matter includes essays on anthropology, cybernetics, psychiatry, and epistemology.

112

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 07: Recollection

Alan Watts (1959)
27:05

This program focuses on the East Indian idea that we have forgotten who or what we really are through identifying ourselves with the individual personality. The person or "persona" is also discussed as the social or dramatic mask assumed in daily life.

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Self and Other 2

Alan Watts
8 5,049

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The Convergence of the Universe

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1951)
15 4,378

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Evolving Times

Terence McKenna (1995)
20 13,475 02:01:20

This evening address in Sacramento is one of Terence’s funniest, in which much is said about monkeys, mushrooms, plants, and people. The question and answer session gets good and lively, with his unique analysis of UFOs, governments, and possible evolutionary pathways for us and the planet.

116

The Mystique of Enlightenment

Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti (1982)
3

Here is perhaps the most straightforward, no-nonsense book yet written about that truth which many 'spiritual seekers' are seeking - what most gurus call 'enlightenment', and what U.G. Krishnamurti calls the 'natural state'. U.G. maintains, in this selection from his conversations, that 'so-called enlightenment' is a purely biological phenomenon, that only when we are completely free of culture, conditioning, religious thinking and intellect, can the body, with its own 'extraordinary intelligence', free the human being to be in the natural state. U.G. has been living in this state since the experience he calls the "calamity" happened to him in Switzerland on his 49th birthday. He has since become widely known, both in Europe and in India, as one who speaks with authority on the subject. U.G.'s 'talks' are informal and take place wherever he happens to be. He is no relation to J. Krishnamurti, the famous spiritual leader, whose teachings he once admired, and now considers 'archaic hogwash'. He is probably the most controversial of all the experts in such matters, gurus or non-gurus. He has been called 'outrageous', 'infuriating,' and a 'prophet of anti-wisdom'.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 11: On Being Vague

Alan Watts (1959)
27:57

The idea of clear-cut "definiteness" reflects as a sharp and somewhat hostile attitude to life. In this talk, Alan Watts shows the value of the vague and gentle approach reflected in Far Eastern poetry and painting.

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On Self-Organizing Systems and Their Environments

Heinz von Förster (1959)
3 6,430

An adaptation of an address given at The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Self-Organizing Systems in Chicago, Illinois, originally published in Self-Organizing Systems. M.C. Yovits and S. Cameron (eds.), Pergamon Press, London, pp. 31–50 (1960).

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A Great Event Foreshadowed: The Planetization of Mankind

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1945)
15 4,744

Written in Peking in December 1945. Published in the August-September 1946 edition of Cahiers du Monde Nouveau with the title La planétisation humaine.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 12: Law And Order

Alan Watts (1959)
27:05

Alan Watts speaks on the contrast between organic and legalistic views of the order of nature, the former being based on visual pattern intelligence and the latter on verbal conventions.

121

World Brain

Herbert George Wells (1938)
2

World Brain is a collection of essays and addresses dating from the period of 1936–1938. Throughout the book, Wells describes his vision of the World Brain: a new, free, synthetic, authoritative, permanent “World Encyclopædia” that could help world citizens make the best use of universal information resources and make the best contribution to world peace.

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Eros and the Eschaton

Terence McKenna (1994)
6,858 02:09:42

Delivered in Kane Hall at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Cosmos 07: The Backbone of Night

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
55:42

Carl Sagan teaches students in a classroom in his childhood home in Brooklyn, New York, which leads into a history of the different mythologies about stars and the gradual revelation of their true nature. In ancient Greece, some philosophers (Aristarchus of Samos, Thales of Miletus, Anaximander, Theodorus of Samos, Empedocles, Democritus) freely pursue scientific knowledge, while others (Plato, Aristotle, and the Pythagoreans) advocate slavery and epistemic secrecy.

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Survival, Part 1: Before Life Came

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
3 2,036 18:41

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Man on his Nature

Charles Scott Sherrington (1940)
4

Sherrington had long studied the 16th century French physician Jean Fernel, and grew so familiar with him that he considered him a friend. In the years of 1937 and 1938, Sherrington delivered the Gifford lectures at the University of Edinburgh; these focused on Fernel and his times, and came to form the principal content of Man on His Nature. The book was released in 1940, and a revised edition came out in 1951. It explores philosophical thoughts about the mind, the human existence, and God, in connection with natural theology. In his ideas on the mind and cognition, Sherrington introduced the idea that neurons work as groups in a "million-fold democracy" to produce outcomes rather than with central control.

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You Are Not What You Look Like

Douglas Harding (1991)
1 1,381 11:46

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Cosmos 03: Harmony of the Worlds

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
58:33

Beginning with the separation of the fuzzy thinking and pious fraud of astrology from the careful observations of astronomy, Sagan follows the development of astronomical observation. Beginning with constellations and ceremonial calendars (such as those of the Anasazi), the story moves to the debate between Earth and Sun-centered models: Ptolemy and the geocentric worldview, Copernicus' theory, the data-gathering of Tycho Brahe, and the achievements of Johannes Kepler (Kepler's laws of planetary motion and the first science-fiction novel).

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Survival, Part 3: Thought

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
6 2,638 22:13

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Building a Planetary Nervous System

Terence McKenna
7 9,749 01:26:07

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The Formation of the Noösphere

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
14 9,448

From the Revue des Questions Scientifiques (Louvain).

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)
20 7,625 01:07:16

Delivered at the 11th Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, about seven months before King's assassination.

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Fun To Imagine

Richard Feynman (1983)
01:05:56

In this video, Richard Feynman looks at the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen and, in doing so, answers questions about why rubber bands are stretchy, why tennis balls can't bounce for ever and what you're really seeing when you look in the mirror.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 14: The Life Of Zen

Alan Watts (1959)
27:53

A look inside Zen monastic life and practice reveals a culture of dialog and subtle humor between master and student.

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The Overview Effect: Awe and Self-Transcendent Experience in Space Flight

David Yaden (2016)
9 4,976

Viewing the Earth from space has often prompted astronauts to report overwhelming emotion and feelings of identification with humankind and the planet as a whole. In this article, we explore this experience, known as the “overview effect.” We examine astronaut accounts of the overview effect and suggest existing psychological constructs, such as awe and self-transcendent experience, that might contribute to a psychological understanding of this experience. We argue that the overview effect suggests directions for future research on altered states of consciousness in new contexts, with potential implications for better understanding well-being in isolated, confined, extreme (ICE) environments such as space flight.

Published in the March 2016 issue of Psychology of Consciousness by the American Psychological Association.

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Transformation of Man, Part 2: A Mechanical Way of Living Leads to Disorder

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
9,832 01:00:15

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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The Phyletic Structure of the Human Group

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1951)
23 11,703

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What Is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell

Erwin Schrödinger (1944)
16 26,421

This book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schrödinger in February 1943, under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. The lectures attracted an audience of about 400, who were warned "that the subject-matter was a difficult one and that the lectures could not be termed popular, even though the physicist’s most dreaded weapon, mathematical deduction, would hardly be utilized." Schrödinger's lecture focused on one important question: How can the events in space and time—which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism—be accounted for by physics and chemistry?

139

Analogy as the Core of Cognition

Douglas Hofstadter (2006)
55:18

In this Presidential Lecture, cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter examines the role and contributions of analogy in cognition, using a variety of analogies to illustrate his points.

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Hard Problem of Consciousness

David Chalmers (2016)
2 1,323 09:05

Philosopher David Chalmers on the combination problem, dualism, and panpsychism. You can watch the original video on YouTube.

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Cosmos 09: The Lives of the Stars

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
59:37

The simple act of making an apple pie is extrapolated into the atoms and subatomic particles (electrons, protons, and neutrons) necessary. Many of the ingredients necessary are formed of chemical elements formed in the life and deaths of stars (such as our own Sun), resulting in massive red giants and supernovae or collapsing into white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, and even black holes. These produce all sorts of phenomena, such as radioactivity, cosmic rays, and even the curving of spacetime by gravity. Cosmos Update mentions the supernova SN 1987A and neutrino astronomy.

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Everything I Know: Part 1

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
10 02:26:39

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Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan, NASA (1990)
1 362

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How to Grow Old

Bertrand Russell (1956)
1,077

In this essay (written for his book Portraits From Memory And Other Essays), Russell uses his logical thinking to lay out his advice for achieving a successful old age.

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The Supreme Art

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1985)
1 855 17:04

Krishnamurti's opening statement during the third Q & A meeting in his 1985 Saanen lecture series. You can watch the full session on the Krishnamurti Foundation's website.

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A Man Has To BE Something

Hunter S. Thompson (1958)
8 1,442

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Douglas Hofstadter (1979)
3 301,497

By exploring common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, this book expounds concepts fundamental to mathematics, symmetry, and intelligence. Through illustration and analysis, the book discusses how self-reference and formal rules allow systems to acquire meaning despite being made of 'meaningless' elements. It also discusses what it means to communicate, how knowledge can be represented and stored, the methods and limitations of symbolic representation, and even the fundamental notion of 'meaning' itself.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 18: Buddhism And Christianity

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

Alan Watts brings his expertise to bear in this presentation of Mahayana Buddhist and traditional Christian world views (he was once an Episcopal priest), and how to bring the two together.

149

On Intelligence

Jeffrey Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee (2004)
80,954

From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machines.

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Cosmos 13: Who Speaks for Earth?

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
9 5,458 01:02:11

Sagan reflects on the future of humanity and the question of "who speaks for Earth?" when meeting extraterrestrials. He discusses the very different meetings of the Tlingit people and explorer Jean-Francois de La Perouse with the destruction of the Aztecs by Spanish conquistadors, the looming threat of nuclear warfare, and the threats shown by destruction of the Library of Alexandria and the murder of Hypatia. The episode ends with an overview of the beginning of the universe, the evolution of life, and the accomplishments of humanity and makes a plea to mankind to cherish life and continue its journey in the cosmos. The Cosmos Update notes the preliminary reconnaissance of planets with spacecraft, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, and measures towards the reduction of nuclear weapons.

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Beyond Success

Ram Dass (1987)
02:00:54

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Survival, Part 4: Survival

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
8 1,971 19:34

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Saanen 1979, Part 3: Is There Security At All, Psychologically?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
9 4,062 58:45

Has the desire for psychological security taken over physical demands? Is there security in a belief, ideal or experience? Can you listen so completely that you see the absurdity of living in illusion and end it? Can we stay with fact and have no relationship to non-fact? What is the quality of the mind that is facing what is happening? If you have no images, what is your relationship to the mind which is still seeking security? In thinking together, isn't there total security? When you put aside choice, is there insight into the whole of illusion?

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The Natural State, Part IV

Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti
1 8,734 42:28

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Inner Perspective

Ernst Mach (1914)

Ernst Mach's illustration of the subjective visual experience.

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Saanen 1979, Part 2: Can We Together Create a Good Society?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
21 4,923 01:04:44

When we think together, is there a sense of fulfilment, division or frustration? What happens to relationship? If there is no psychological time at all, what is relationship between people? Do you say, ‘I will love you tomorrow’? Will belief or authority bring us together? Is there security in separateness? When we think together, out of that a good society will be created. A good society can only come into being when you are responsible for another.

158

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 08: Queries and Sources

Alan Watts (1959)
28:59

Alan Watts reveals his research resources for the series of Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life thus far, and he answers questions about points in the previous programs. He recommends books for further study.

159

Mind As Society

Marvin Minsky, Jeffrey Mishlove
11 5,078

Conscious intelligence may be viewed as a computer system composed of many smaller parallel processing programs. Marvin Minsky, Ph.D., is one of the acknowledged founders of the mathematical theory of computation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. He argues that understanding the individual as a very sophisticated machine actually affirms human dignity.

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Cosmos 02: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
4 6,181 57:19

Sagan discusses the story of the Heike crab and artificial selection of crabs resembling samurai warriors, as an opening into a larger discussion of evolution through natural selection (and the pitfalls of intelligent design). Among the topics are the development of life on the Cosmic Calendar and the Cambrian explosion; the function of DNA in growth; genetic replication, repairs, and mutation; the common biochemistry of terrestrial organisms; the creation of the molecules of life in the Miller-Urey experiment; and speculation on alien life (such as life in Jupiter's clouds). In the Cosmos Update ten years later, Sagan remarks on RNA also controlling chemical reactions and reproducing itself and the different roles of comets (potentially carrying organic molecules or causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event).

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Swampland Flowers [Excerpts]

Dahui Zonggao (2006)

The writings of the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master Dahui Zonggao (Ta Hui) are as immediately accessible as those of any contemporary teacher, and this book, which introduced them to the English-speaking world in the 1970s, has become a modern classic—a regular feature of recommended reading lists for Zen centers across America. Contributed by u/YouAreTimeless.

162

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Carl Sagan (1994)
101,081

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds. This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand, and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge.

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Cosmos 04: Heaven and Hell

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:03

Sagan discusses comets and asteroids as planetary impactors, giving recent examples of the Tunguska event and a lunar impact described by Canterbury monks in 1178. It moves to a description of the environment of Venus, from the previous fantastic theories of people such as Immanuel Velikovsky to the information gained by the Venera landers and its implications for Earth's greenhouse effect. The Cosmos Update highlights the connection to global warming.

164

What Is Now?

Rupert Spira
37:34

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Log of Earth

William Irwin Thompson (1986)

From William Irwin Thompson's book Pacific Shift.

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Cosmos 11: The Persistence of Memory

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
58:35

The idea of intelligence is explored in the concepts of computers (using bits as their basic units of information), whales (in their songs and their disruptions by human activities), DNA, the human brain (the evolution of the brain stem, frontal lobes, neurons, cerebral hemispheres, and corpus callosum under the Triune Brain Model), and man-made structures for collective intelligence (cities, libraries, books, computers, and satellites). The episode ends with speculation on alien intelligence and the information conveyed on the Voyager Golden Record.

167

Talk on Non-Self (Anatta)

Ajahn Brahm (2013)
59:25

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Ultra Deep Field

NASA (2004)
332

This view of nearly 10,000 galaxies, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, this galaxy-studded view represents a deep core sample of the universe, cutting across billions of light-years.

169

The Advanced Course

Ram Dass (1993)
01:08:22

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Madras Public Talk 2: An Action That Is Not The Outcome Of Thought

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
4,513 01:10:00

Is there an action which is not fragmentary, which has no regrets and no sense of incompleteness? Is there security in the things of thought? Is all psychological security an illusion? Can one attend without concentration and effort? Does the very thought which concentrates also distract? Have you ever given attention in which there is no otherness, deviation or distraction? To attend implies there is no centre from which you are listening. When you have an insight into the nature of thought it finds its right place.

171

Survival, Part 2: Life

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
2 1,190 10:37

172

From the Pre-Human to the Ultra-Human: The Phases of a Living Planet

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1950)
1 2,475

First published in Almanach des Sciences, 1951, then in The Future of Mankind.

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 16: Zen In Gardens And Architecture

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

Alan Watts speaks about the remarkable integration of traditional Japanese homes and gardens within the rural landscape, and the celebration of natural forms of mountains and waters in Zen gardens.

174

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 17: Zen In Fencing And Judo

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

Alan Watts demonstrates how the Taoist influence in Aikido and Judo also influenced swordsmanship.

175

Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 13: Omnipotence

Alan Watts (1959)
26:51

Watts explores the contrast between organic and mechanical world views and the difference between the growing process and the making process, and he explains why one corresponds to a democratic principle and the other to a monarchical hierarchy.

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Global Mind Change: The Promise of the 21st Century

Willis Harman (1988)

Revolutions are generally thought of as large-scale, bloody upheavals involving whole countries and societies. But there are quieter revolutions that begin in the individual mind and create the kind of change that may be even more significant. By deliberately changing their internal image of reality, people are transforming the world. Right now we are living through one of the most fundamental shifts in history—a change in the actual belief structure of Western industrial society.

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Cosmos 08: Journeys in Space and Time

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:37

Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blue shift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and spacecraft that could travel near light speed, time travel and its hypothetical effects on human history, the origins of the Solar System, the history of life, and the immensity of space. In Cosmos Update, the idea of faster-than-light travel by wormholes (researched by Kip Thorne and shown in Sagan’s novel Contact) is discussed.

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The Place of Technology in a General Biology of Mankind

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
11 2,810

Written after an address given in Paris at the Salle d’horticulture (National Society of Horticulture).

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Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, Episode 15: Zen In Painting

Alan Watts (1959)
29:00

This program focuses on Zen-inspired brush painting in the Chinese and Japanese traditions, and it looks at the approach of the contemporary artist Sabro Hasegawa in his inspired return to primitivity in the arts.

183

Cosmos 10: The Edge of Forever

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
1 6,616 01:03:06

Beginning with the origins of the universe in the Big Bang, Sagan describes the formation of different types of galaxies and anomalies such as galactic collisions and quasars. The episodes moves further into ideas about the structure of the Universe, such as different dimensions (in the imaginary Flatland and four-dimensional hypercubes), an infinite vs. a finite universe, and the idea of an oscillating Universe (similar to that in Hindu cosmology). The search into other ideas such as dark matter and the multiverse is shown, using tools such as the Very Large Array in New Mexico. Cosmos Update shows new information about the odd, irregular surfaces of galaxies and the Milky Way perhaps being a barred spiral galaxy.

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Youniverse Explorer

Douglas Harding (1970)
12:47

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Cosmos 05: Blues for a Red Planet

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:14

The episode, devoted to the planet Mars, begins with scientific and fictional speculation about the Red Planet during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction books, and Percival Lowell's false vision of canals on Mars). It then moves to Robert Goddard's early experiments in rocket-building, inspired by reading science fiction, and the work by Mars probes, including the Viking, searching for life on Mars. The episode ends with the possibility of the terraforming and colonization of Mars and a Cosmos Update on the relevance of Mars' environment to Earth's and the possibility of a manned mission to Mars.

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Madras Public Talk 1: Organisations Have Not Saved Man

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1978)
01:23:26

There is outer and inner fragmentation. Who is going to change man? Have organisations of any kind helped? To go very far we must begin very near, which is with ourselves. Is one aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, fears and pleasures? Can one listen purely, without any distortion? Is there a responsibility to listen to the world and to your own anxiety and sorrow? Can you observe without any prejudice? To learn, mustn’t the brain be free of knowledge? What is action in your life? In relationship, has knowledge any place at all? Can the brain only register what is necessary?

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On The Probable Existence Ahead Of Us Of An ‘Ultra-Human’

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1950)
2 3,177

An originally unpublished essay, written in Paris, in which Teilhard talks about a vast realm of the Ultra-Human lies ahead of us: a realm in which we shall not be able to survive, or super-live, except by developing and embracing on earth, to the utmost extent, all the powers of common vision and unanimazation that are available to us. Eventually published in The Future of Man.

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A Beautiful Death

Laura Huxley (1963)
4,054

When Aldous Huxley was on his deathbed, he asked his wife Laura to administer him with LSD. She agreed. Two weeks after her husband’s death, Laura wrote this moving and detailed account of Aldous’s last days to her brother-in-law, Julian.

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From Psychedelics to Cybernetics

Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna (1990)
1 01:28:03

Timothy Leary invited Terence McKenna to this evening lecture held at the Feuerwache in Mannheim, Germany.

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Madras Public Talk 3: Is Freedom A Matter Of Time?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
5,839 01:22:38

Is there psychological time at all? How do we deal with a problem? Is time involved in love? Is time, a movement in division, necessary? Can we change fundamentally, radically, not through evolution or time? Can hurt be abandoned instantly? Can one act without effort or time? Is there a perception which ends the image without allowing time? What takes place when you observe only the fact and do not invent the opposite? Can you resolve a problem as it arises? Are problems produced from a centre?

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Religion for the Nonreligious

Tim Urban (2014)
19 8,486

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Why Explore Cosmos and Consciousness?

Roger Penrose (2007)
20:21

Cosmos and consciousness seem utterly different, cosmos encompassing the vast universe, consciousness emerging from tiny brains. Yet consciousness is the basis of religion, and some cosmologists speak quietly, profoundly, about consciousness. A few scientists and philosophers claim that, even without God, consciousness can be something of a cosmic imperative.

195

The Atomism of Spirit

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1941)
20 11,702

An attempt to understand the structure of the stuff of the universe, written in Peking (Beijing). Published in Activation of Energy.

196

The Story of Us

Tim Urban (2019)
7

A whimsical and thought-provoking look at how large numbers of interthinking brains turn individual organisms into a larger, coherent superorganism, and how easy it is for such a superorganism to deteriorate if its constituent cells neglect it.

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Madras Public Talk 6: The Movement of Meditation

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
01:27:36

Putting death in opposition to life, are we afraid to live and afraid to die? Attachment implies continuity. If it does not end, what happens to the whole movement of consciousness of man? Is love within this consciousness? Has love a continuity? Is death the ending of attachment? When there is complete order in one's life, that can look at cosmic order. What is attention, inattention and distraction? Does attention have continuity, a centre? In silence comes that which is eternally, timelessly sacred.

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The Ultimate Unity for Thought is the Society of Minds

William Henry Chamberlin (1906)
17 12,615

William Henry Chamberlin's thesis written in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the Master's Degree of Arts at the University of California.

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Essays in Science and Philosophy

Alfred North Whitehead (1948)
2

This is a collection of many of Whitehead’s papers that are scattered elsewhere. It was the penultimate book he published, and represents his mature thoughts on many topics. The first three chapters consist of Whitehead’s personal reflections illumined by flashes of his lively humor. They are picturesque and amusing. The remainder of the book consists of chapters on Philosophy, Education, and Science. They cover in depth his positions on many scientific and philosophical matters in an extraordinarily unified way. The final section of the book is devoted to excellent surveys of Geometry and Mathematics as well as a paper on Einstein’s theories.

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Science and Ethics

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1928)
10 6,465

Science and Ethics was the title of the Conway Memorial Lecture delivered by English biologist, scientist and mathematician John Burdon Sanderson Haldane at Essex Hall in London.

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General System Theory

Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1969)
39,641

An attempt to formulate common laws that apply to virtually every scientific field, this conceptual approach has had a profound impact on such widely diverse disciplines as biology, economics, psychology, and demography.

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Madras Public Talk 4: What Brings About Disorder In Relationship?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
5,575 01:27:46

What is our relationship with each other? In that relationship, is there order? How will you bring order there? Is desire, the sensory responses with images thought has created, a factor of disorder? When pain is over, can one totally forget it, totally non-register it? When there is no relationship, isn’t there fear? Are you aware at the moment of fear, not to let thought come into it, to realize it has no place at the moment of action? Why has there been so little beauty and communication with nature in our lives? At the instant of pleasure is there recording? Culture means to grow, develop the totality of one's life.

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Saanen 1979, Part 1: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis in the World?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
7 3,564 01:01:51

Is there another kind of thinking which is not about something? When you give attention completely, is there a center from which you attend? Can self-centered problems be solved without a different quality of thinking? When there is no tomorrow, psychologically, what happens to the quality of your mind? Then what is your relationship to another? In thinking together, is there opposition? Where does thinking together lead in my relationship to another?

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2018 Human Brain Project Keynote

Jeffrey Hawkins (2018)
50:40

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How May We Conceive And Hope That Human Unanimization Will Be Realized On Earth?

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1950)
4 2,125

Written in Paris and published posthumously in The Future of Man.

207

Matter, Mind and Models

Marvin Minsky (1965)
4 2,966

208

The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness

Christof Koch (2014)
9 13,175 01:17:03

The science of consciousness has made great strides by focusing on the behavioral and neuronal correlates of experience. However, such correlates are not enough if we are to understand even basic facts. Moreover, correlates are of little help in many instances where we would like to know if consciousness is present: patients with a few remaining islands of functioning cortex, pre-term infants, non-mammalian species, and machines that are rapidly outperforming people at driving, recognizing faces and objects, and answering difficult questions. To address these issues, we need a theory of consciousness–one that says what experience is and what type of physical systems can have it.

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The Nature of Living Systems

James Grier Miller (1965)
9 11,271

General systems behavior theory is a set of related definitions, assumptions, and propositions which deal with reality as an integrated hierarchy of organizations of matter and energy. General systems behavior theory is concerned with a special subset of all systems: the living ones. Even more basic to this presentation than the concept of “system” are the concepts of “space,” “time,” “matter,” “energy,” and “information,” because the living systems discussed in this paper exist in space and are made of matter and energy organized by information.

210

Cosmos 06: Travellers' Tales

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
01:01:08

The journeys of the Voyager probes is put in the context of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, with a centuries-long tradition of sailing ship explorers, and its contemporary thinkers (such as Constantijn Huygens and his son Christian). Their discoveries are compared to the Voyager probes' discoveries among the Jovian and Saturn systems. In Cosmos Update, image processing reconstructs Voyager’s worlds and Voyager’s last portrait of the Solar System as it leaves is shown.

211

Madras Public Talk 5: What Is A Religious Mind?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1979)
01:27:36

Have the gods been created from our sorrow and fear? In an inquiry, are you free of fear? Freedom is observation without conclusion. Can you observe the whole nature of sorrow? When there is no motive in your examination, is sorrow different from you? Can a new culture only be born out of a religious mind? Psychological transformation is the only revolution. A religious mind has no philosophy because it is with that which is eternally sacred. Sorrow has to end to understand the religious mind.

212

Everything I Know: Part 2

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:10:09

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Cosmos 12: Encyclopædia Galactica

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (1980)
57:55

Questions are raised about the search for intelligent life beyond the Earth, with UFOs and other close encounters refuted in favor of communications through SETI and radio telescope such as the Arecibo Observatory. The probability of technically advanced civilizations existing elsewhere in the Milky Way is interpreted using the Drake equation and a future hypothetical Encyclopedia Galactica is discussed as a repository of information about other worlds in the galaxy. The Cosmos Update notes that there have been fewer sightings of UFOs and more stories of abductions, while mentioning the META scanning the skies for signals.

214

The Spirituality of Science

Kevin Simler (2013)
3,756

Is science a religion? No... but maybe it should be.

215

Everything I Know: Part 6

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:29:22

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Everything I Know: Part 3

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
03:09:26

217

Conscious Evolution: Our Next Stage

Barbara Marx Hubbard (2015)
6 7,392 01:00:26

Presented at the 2015 International Forum on Consciousness, Barbara explored the ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the possibilty of humanity gradually giving birth to a new planetary-scale consciousness, which she called Homo universalis.

218

Everything I Know: Part 4

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
02:33:39

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Everything I Know: Part 5

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975)
02:15:54

220

The Human Rebound of Evolution and its Consequences

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1947)
20 5,513

This essay, published in Revue des Questions Scientifiques in 1948 and reprinted in The Future of Man, follows Teilhard's train of thought on the aftermath of a potential fusing-together of humanity.

221

A Weekend with Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna (1993)
30 86,239 12:09:02

Recorded at the Esalen Institute in California.

222

The Ascent of Man 06: The Starry Messenger

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
49:25

A closer look at humanity's attempts to map the forces which move the planets. The static nature of South American astronomy is contrasted with ideas of Renaissance Europe. Tracing the origins of the scientific revolution in the conflict between truth and dogma, symbolized by the trial of Galileo.

223

The Ascent of Man 05: Music of the Spheres

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:24

In this episode, Jacob Bronowski covers the evolution of math. Pythagoras, father of Greek math, considered numbers the language of nature. We follow the spread of Greek ideas through the Islamic Empire to Moorish Spain and Renaissance Europe, and explore the alliance of math to music, astronomy, and painting.

224

Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age

Esther Dyson, Alvin Toffler, George Gilder, George Keyworth (1994)
7 7,161

Published in Volume 12, Issue 3 of The Information Society.

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The Medium is the Massage

Marshall McLuhan (1967)
20 7,306

The Medium is the Massage is Marshall McLuhan’s prophetic perception on life in the age of electronic information, exhibiting his understanding of the power of media long before those in control did. The Medium is the Massage presents some of McLuhan’s most amazing insights and cognitive observations on the global village: the rear-view mirror, the invisible environment, the end of nature, and sensory impact set against the everyday imagery of mass media, consumer goods, the press, advertising, and the arts. Although originally printed in 1967, the art and style in The Medium is the Massage seem as fresh today as in the summer of love, and the ideas are even more resonant now that computer interfaces are becoming gateways to the global village.

226

The Ascent of Man 02: The Harvest of the Seasons

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:20

In the long spring following the Ice Ages man develops agriculture and domesticates animals, imposing his will on wild wheat and horses. With the Neolithic cultivators come the mounted Nomads, the predators, and the roots of human warfare. Shot largely in central Iran.

227

The Ascent of Man 04: The Hidden Structure

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
49:38

From ancient Oriental metallurgy, through mystical alchemy this program traces the roots of chemistry. Shang bronze craftsmen and Samurai sword smiths are the starting point for a journey leading from medieval Europe to Dalton's atomic theory and our modern knowledge of the elements.

228

The Ascent of Man 01: Lower Than The Angels

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
49:27

Jacob Bronowski begins his series by examining intellectual, cultural, and scientific breakthroughs in man's four-million-year evolution, and demonstrates the importance of new ideas and how they transcend other historical events in their cumulative, irreversible effects.

229

The Ascent of Man 07: The Majestic Clockwork

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:35

Newton and Einstein, the two giants of physics, imposed great systems of order on the world. This episode illustrates the revolution that occurred when Einstein's theory of relativity turned Newton's elegant description of the universe inside out.

230

The Ascent of Man 08: The Drive for Power

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:06

This episode focuses on the industrial and political revolutions of the 18thh century. Forces of nature were harnessed and the basics of political power shifted. Bronowski argues that in man's progress, the Industrial Revolution was a step forward as significant as the Renaissance.

231

The Ascent of Man 10: World Within World

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:35

In the vaults of ancient Polish salt mines Bronowski embarks on a journey to the hidden world inside the atom. He traces the history of the men and the ideas that made 20th century physics the greatest achievement of the human imagination.

232

Who Am I?

Ramana Maharshi (1923)

A set of questions and answers on Self-enquiry that were put to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sri M. Sivaprakasam Pillai in 1902.

233

The Ascent of Man 13: The Long Childhood

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:44

In this final episode, Bronowski—poet, playwright, mathematician, philosopher—draws together many threads of the series. He takes stock of man's complex, sometimes precarious, ascent, and argues that man's growth to self-knowledge is the longest childhood of all.

234

On Nature and Media: A Dialogue of Effects

Marshall McLuhan (1978)
6 12,421 01:51:43

Marshall McLuhan explains the effects of accelerating communication speeds on human society.

235

Amherst Press Conference

Richard Buckminster Fuller, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1971)
1 2,510 26:05

Mr. Fuller and Maharishi came from different traditions of knowledge, but both talked about the universal basis of life, the individual, and the cosmos.

236

The Ascent of Man 03: The Grain in the Stone

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:36

Man splits a stone and reassembles the pieces to build a wall, a cathedral, a city. This program is about man, the architect, builder, and sculptor. Shots of Greek temples of Paestum, cathedrals of medieval France, Inca cities of Peru juxtaposed with shots of modern cities.

237

The Ascent of Man 09: The Ladder of Creation

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:26

From the countryside of Wales to the jungles of the Amazon, Jacob Bronowski follows the stories of Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin who had the same idea simultaneously—evolution by natural selection. Their ideas helped others to probe the nature and origins of life.

238

The Ascent of Man 12: Generation Upon Generation

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:34

Math and physics brought revolution to man's ideas of life. From Mendel's work to discoveries of today, Bronowski unravels complex code of human inheritance. Sees sex as an instrument of evolution that makes every human unique yet breeds care between individuals.

239

Transformation of Man, Part 3: Can I Completely Change at the Very Root?

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
49:54

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

240

The Ascent of Man 11: Knowledge or Certainty

Jacob Bronowski (1973)
51:37

Bronowski's statement on information and responsibility's a moral dilemma to scientists. Principle of certainty in physics applies to all knowledge. Examines implications of bombing Japan. Contrasts humanist tradition of Göttingen University with the inhumanities of Auschwitz.

241

Art Meets Science and Spirituality: From Fragmentation to Wholeness

David Bohm (1990)
1 49:38

This film features the Dalai Lama speaking on the nature of mind and on his personal feelings as leader of the Tibetans in exile, the physicist David Bohm, who explains his theory of the "implicate order;" and interviews with artist Robert Rauschenberg and Russian economist Stanislav Menshikov. Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered in Amsterdam in 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The five day confernce was inspired by the artists Joseph Beuys and Robert Filliou, and manifested by Louwrien Wijers, who called it a "mental sculpture."

242

Transformation of Man, Part 6: Images and Consciousness

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
56:42

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

243

Transformation of Man, Part 4: In Aloneness You Can Be Completely Secure

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
57:33

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

244

Transformation of Man, Part 5: Your Image of Yourself Prevents Relationship

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
57:46

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

245

Transformation of Man, Part 7: Life is Sacred

Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, David Shainberg (1976)
56:44

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.


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