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    How to stay in touch with our biological origins in a world devoid of nature? The majestic nature that once inspired poets, painters and...
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
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    technology has domesticated us. as fast as we remake our tools, we remake ourselves. we are co-evolving with our technology, so that we have become deeply co-dependent on it.

    – the next nature book

    containing short essays, photographic investigations, and 'infotizement' ads, next nature offers specific advice towards designers in navigating the new world that technology opens, and reflects on the past, present, and future of humans as a creative species. along the way, readers will discover some already existing technology that might surprise them: sliceable rolls of egg in chinese supermarkets, 3D printers that generate human blood vessels, houses created from the careful growing of tree roots.

    the authors are both directors of next nature, a netherlands-based concept lab associated with the eindhoven university of technology.

    the book's bold and highly visual format makes browsing easy, with images scattered throughout the book suggesting questions for further departure. short photo essays document biomimicry marketing strategies, suggest guidelines for contemporary product designers, and showcase the evolution of online gaming. hitting upon a subject of particular interest, readers can delve further into insightful, cohesive essays, some of which survey the historical foundation behind psychological or social phenomenon, and others of which critically investigate the concepts we use to define and understand our modern-day world.

    today the human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. climate change, population explosion, genetic manipulation, digital networks, plastics islands floating in the oceans: 'we were here' echoes all over. although many people have tried to improve our relationship with nature, only few have asked the elementary question, 'what is nature?'

    this book will radically shift your notion of nature. it shows how our image of nature as static, balanced, and harmonic, is itself one of the most successful products of our time, and needs to be reconsidered. where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed, they now appear to merge or even trade places.

    we must no longer see ourselves as the anti-natural species that merely threatens and eliminates nature, but rather as catalysts of evolution. with our urge to design our environment, we cause the rising of a next nature which is unpredictable as ever. nature changes along with us!

    – the next nature book

    six "magazines" bound together into a single book comprise the chapters of the book

    next nature is organized as a pile of six fictional magazine specials:
    recreation examining how our conception of 'nature' was created;
    wild systems, investigating complexity and systems theory;
    office garden demonstrating how technology domesticates people and what strategies designers can employ to create 'humane tech';
    supermarket, offering readers a safari through the modern savanna, with its genetic modifications and heavy advertising;
    anthropomorphobia, exploring the mutual imitations of people and products;
    and back to the tribe, studying the place of social instincts and genetic heritage in our modern technologically-mediated world.

    read more about the book on the next nature website.

    – via designboom
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    the long awaited sequel to Ron Fricke's BARAKA finally hits the big screen on this friday, if you are lucky enough to live in New York or Seattle - not my case, as I will have to wait for a hypothetical Brazilian release...

    enjoy the magnificent trailer and some backstage content here:

    http://barakasamsara.com
    Thu, Aug 23, 2012  Permanent link

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    NASA is providing Artemis Innovation Management Solutions with seed money to build a satellite that could collect solar energy and beam it back down to Earth. Harvesting solar energy from space has been talked about for a long time, but has been deemed too expensive or the technology just wasn't there. Now with former NASA engineer John Mankins at the helm, it looks like this concept is finally set to take off.

    The turning point for this technology is all due to the biomimetic design that Mankins came up with, which mimics how flower petals collect solar energy. The petals would be covered with small, thin-film mirrors that could be curved to direct sunlight to solar cells. The satellite would be positioned far enough away from the Earth so that it will never be in the dark. The energy collected would be converted into microwaves that could be beamed or broadcast back to Earth where electricity would be generated. The design allows for the use of small, lightweight mirrors and solar cells so that the satellite could be constructed and transported at a not-ridiculous cost.

    The potential for this technology is huge. The satellite could feasibly send a constant stream of microwaves because of its position — possibly thousands of megawatts worth. That constant stream of unlimited energy would utlimately make any upfront costs totally negligible and could bring a huge leap in amount of renewable energy fed to the grid. Truly, this is the stuff that clean tech dreams are made of.

    The NASA funding is for a proof of concept study that could lead to a prototype being built if all checks out. That prototype would then be tested in near-Earth orbit and then, fingers crossed, full scale satellites would be built and launched.
    Tue, Apr 17, 2012  Permanent link

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    another proof that we are being visited by super-advanced, artistic-challenged, mandala-loving, green-man! what else can explain those gigantic designs on snow? humans cannot do that, right? well, wrong...

    sorry about that, crop-circles freaks
    Mon, Apr 2, 2012  Permanent link

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    This morning I was pulling poison ivy. It looked like I was up against the withering prospect of pulling more than a hundred individual plants. But I found that if I dug my gloved finger to the root and gently tugged, I could trace it through other roots and stems in my neglected garden, then fairly easily zip out whole tracts of the stuff. Without pulling a single individual plant, tugging up the root dislodged all the ones I could see and a lot that I hadn’t seen in the tangle of vegetation. When I was a teen I yearned to travel America to see “how other people live.” Now, basically, you can see how they live from wherever you happen to be. The same advertising, the same chain stores, and the same TV, radio and print conglomerates have largely replaced America with the same repeating road-stop strip mall, from sea to shining sea. Everyone’s head throbs with the same songs, and young people “relate to” the same handful of company logos and media characters. Corporate “news” reports on how the actual people who play fictional characters are faring in their reproduction and rehab. As I was freeing my American garden from toxic infestations, my mind drifted to the image of the chain stores along a highway, each strip mall a sprig of leaves, connected by an unseen cable of root. I imagined that I was driving cross-country on a big interstate highway, pulling up chain stores as I went along, helping free up a land strangling in a rash of sameness.

    Modern corporations were essentially illegal at the founding of the United States (the colonists had had enough of British corporations). In the new country, corporations could form, raise public capital, and share profits with stockholders only for specified activities that benefited the public, such as constructing roads or canals. Corporate licenses were temporary. Corporations were forbidden from attempting to influence elections, lawmaking, public policy, or civil life. Imagine.

    But from the beginning, corporate-minded men chafed for power, prompting Thomas Jefferson to write in 1816, “I hope we shall … crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

    For the first century after the American Revolution, legislators maintained control of the corporate chartering process. Then they essentially lost it as a series of court decisions established corporate “rights” and corporate “personhood.” These laws have been catastrophic for democracy, with planetary implications.

    Corporate globalization has been called “the most fundamental redesign of social, economic, and political arrangements since the Industrial Revolution.” Corporations have swept real economic and political power away from governments. Of the hundred wealthiest countries and corporations listed together, more than half are corporations. ExxonMobil is richer than 180 countries – and there are only about 195 countries. Without the responsibilities or costs of nationhood, corporations can innovate and produce at unprecedented speed and scale. Yet they can also undertake acts of enormous environmental destruction and report a profit.

    The behavior of corporations arises from their wide freedom of action and their limited liability for harms caused. Further, shareholders “own” and profit by the corporation, but “limited liability” means shareholders can lose no more than the money invested; they aren’t held responsible for anything the corporation does. If they were, stockholders might know what companies they “own” and why. They might demand corporate responsibility. They might invest more carefully. But because they’re not, they don’t.

    Further, if a corporation can make a larger profit by wrecking a community, the law says it must. Perhaps the most famous case in corporate law was decided in the Supreme Court of Michigan in 1919 when Henry Ford got sued by the Dodge brothers (yes, those Dodge brothers). Ford wanted to plow profits back into the company and its employees. “My ambition is to employ still more men,” the New York Times quoted Ford as saying, “to spread the benefits of this industrial system to the greatest possible number, to help them build up their lives and homes. To do this we are putting the greatest share of our profits back in the business.” The judges posed a short question: What is a corporation for? The judges answered themselves by saying corporations are “primarily for the profit of the stockholders.” Not for the benefit of employees or community. Corporate managers – regardless of personal scruples or desire to “do good” – are forced to always put profits first.

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    The profit-maximization imperative creates continuous pressure to dump waste in the public commons and to shift the resulting costs to the public through subsidies, tax-funded pollution cleanups, and such. Where dumping waste is illegal, corporations may be fined for violations. Such fines often become “a cost of doing business,” while shareholders know that corporations never get sent to jail, and that some are “too big (to be allowed) to fail.” To the extent that governmental regulations get annoying, corporate appetites engulf those too, backing and basically installing cooperative elected officials, then coercing the removal of regulatory “barriers” (formerly: “public protections”).

    However, we can envision how a more public-minded government might deal with risk-prone corporations. In Wold War II, the US government seized control of certain German companies inside the United States. Obviously, it wouldn’t do to have German chemical plants on American soil while we were engulfed in war with Germany. The companies were not destroyed, just controlled by the government for a while; some still exist. When U.S. automakers got into serious trouble and went into bankruptcy in 2009, the federal government stepped in to control management for a while. These weren’t punitive moves exactly, but one can imagine ways in which corporations acting as bad citizens might have to do some time with, say, their stocks frozen – no trading, maybe – while a government of the people does a little potty training with the executives.

    In real life as we know it, the profit-maximization imperative means that any company seeking to act responsibly incurs a competitive disadvantage. The implications are generally a cascade of catastrophes because essentially all the money in the world is thus under pressure to act irresponsibly. Any other impulse must buck that tide.

    The corporations’ central tenet of faith, their object of worship, their grail and their gruel: growth. Growth fueled by continually unearthing new resources and cheaper labor. Growth fed by raising and fattening new consumers. Growth had historically resulted from technical progress and growing population. It became a central pursuit of government policy mainly after World War II.

    But Planet Earth cannot grow. Not any faster than it accumulates stardust, anyway. If the economy “grows” while resources like water, forest, and fish are being depleted, it’s not growth: it’s just blowing more bubbles. Yet because our economic system shows unconditional love for growth, it doesn’t ring alarm bells over bubbles. But count on this: the bigger the bubble, the worse the burst.

    The first corporate century, the 20th, was a period of explosive growth. Despite as many as 150 million human beings killed in warfare between 1900 and Y2K, the world population quadrupled. Energy use increased sixteen-fold. The fish catch – which peaked in the late 1980s – increased thirty-fold. The sheer amount of stuff used annually flies in flocks of zeros that defy comprehension: 275,000,000 tons of meat, 370,000,000 tons of paper product, et cetera. Incredibly, of all the earthly materials that human hands have ever transformed, fully half of that material transformation has occurred since World War II.

    “It is impossible for the world economy to grow its way out of poverty and environmental degradation,” writes the resource-minded economist Herman Daly, because the economy is a “subsystem of the earth ecosystem, which is finite, non-growing and materially closed.”

    And economists think the solution to our problems is more growth?
    We’ve been terribly misled. But more development – that’s a different proposition. “Grow” means to increase in size by adding. "Develop" means to realize potentials, to make better.

    Because the world is pretty much fully tapped, growth now threatens development. In a postgrowth world, we’d measure things like community and satisfaction. We’d replace the feverish tail chase of the material with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those come from development, not from growth. Let’s not confuse the two.

    During challenging ocean conditions, certain sea jellies “de-grow.” They don’t just lose fat or slim down; they actually lose cells and simplify structures. When times are good, they regrow. Because they are adding new cells and regrowing structures (not just replumping), they are actually rejuvenated – younger than they were. On the other end of the scale, Edward Abbey long ago observed that growth for the sake of continuous growth is the strategy of cancer. Knowing what we now know, it appears that the world can’t produce enough to grow our way out of poverty. But we could certainly shrink our way out.

    Carl Safina is a MacArthur fellow and host of the PBS television show Saving the Ocean. This essay originally appeared in his book The View From Lazy Point.
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    The DMTrmx project aims to enrich the dialogue of entheogens specifically, and consciousness in general. Comprised of artists, thinkers, filmmakers, musicians, curious travelers, and anyone willing to facilitate positive change through hacking the endo-matrix, the project’s participants seek to do just that. The sophisticated storytelling voices guide us as we disperse the memes generated from DMT: The Spirit Molecule into culture. Furthermore, these change agents seed the DMTrmx project via other individuals, organizations, universities, and media outlets, creating an innovative and coherent entheogenic narrative.

    DMTrmx utilizes DMT: The Spirit Molecule’s media library (100+ hours of interviews from over 50 brilliant minds, 30+ hours from the Peruvian Amazon, and over one hour of original visual effects, music, and sound files) as its foundation, and the base for discussion for the evolving MNTTKA Manifesto. The manifesto defines new possibilities for humanity’s connection to Spirit through consciousness, physicality, celebration, and representation/communication. Breathing life into the project, DMTrmx offers The Spirit Molecule’s content through a non-commercial Creative Commons license, making it available for viewing and reuse on a variety of online platforms.

    The DMTrmx media covers entheogenic ecology, cultural history of entheogens, shamanism, ayahuasca, entheogenic research, entheogenic effects, spirituality, consciousness, quantum mechanics, and much more. What forms of communication can we develop? How do we map the entheogenic state? What does a picture-puzzled-pattern door look like? What does the common molecular language entail? How do we increase diversity in the community? How do we shift the current culture to openly embrace, or at least decriminalize the exploration of consciousness? By blurring the lines between science and spirituality, the project intends to alter our perception of consciousness, and raise questions about the nature of truth. What is truth? And how does a version of any story affect identity, perception, and ultimately response? The community answers these questions through their interaction with the thoughts, images, and sounds from the DMTrmx database. Additionally, the entheogenic population not only passively views the resulting work; they become an important aspect of the transmedia mythology.

    Community engagement plays a key role in the DMTrmx experience, and the project encourages the world to study and assemble new juxtapositions from the anthology. By generating films, music, installations, paintings, eBooks, or anything else imaginable through exploration, the user experience influences all aspects of knowledge (artistic, philosophical, political, spiritual, scientific, technological, and so on). Humanity will be able to view new films and general content via mobile apps (iPhone/iPad, Android phones/tablets), cable/satellite VOD, digital downloads (iTunes, YouTube, Amazon), Internet enabled TV/Blu-ray, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and physical environments (festivals, conferences, etc). The remixes in the online and physical magnify the cross-referenced collection of knowledge pushing it to the tipping point, and shifting the paradigm of consciousness.

    http://www.dmtrmx.com/
    Mon, Dec 5, 2011  Permanent link

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    Han Kloosterman lived in Brazil for more than 20 years, has been a diamond seeker in Africa, scout prospector in Amazon, lived with natives and survived many accidents, including a terminal disease. He spent his early childhood in a country occupied by Nazis and just understood what it meant years later. Today he lives in Amsterdam, the city he choose to keep up with his unusual and inspiring scientific research...

    The Overturning of The Earth is a short Brazilian movie about this humble and adorable scientist.
    A brief history of a crazy dutch's elder life and his amazing and eccentric researches.




    Thu, Jul 7, 2011  Permanent link
    Categories: dutch, science, earth, magnetic pole
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    I just want to share an inspiring video I found this week...

    Some of you probably knows Daniel Pinchbeck, a interesting crack-pot writer from NY that publish books about shamanism, aliens from other-dimensions, crop-circles and subjects like that - he's not there yet, but the guy clearly has some Terrence McKenna's aspirations.

    He goes to Paris to interview the living legend Alejandro Jodorowsky for a German/French television channel, and they just hang out and talk in a very relaxed way.

    It's really a master/apprentice kind of encounter and it's amazing to watch.
    Daniel acts like a fanboy sometimes and Jodorowsky reactions to his proposed topics are nothing less than Epic. While the apprentice is eager to hear what the master have to say about cosmic and spiritual questions, Jodorowsky seems even more interested in trivia and down-to-earth details. At some point, he asks "Why do you smoke? Don't you want to also live for 80 years?"



    You can see the entire video on youtube...
    I highly recommend you to relax and enjoy this gem, it's an instant classic ^_^
    Fri, May 27, 2011  Permanent link

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    Today, Reallity Sandwish published a nice article on the millennial question about consciousness outside our brains. It advocates the hypotheses I came to found the most plausible, after years of study and some empirical evidence - I understand that, without some degree of personal experience, it's difficult for a thinker to go this way on the extremely-materialistic society we live in...

    what are your views on this subject?
    do you think consciousness is produced inside the brain, or the organ acts like some kind of antenna or receiver, and so, what we call "mind" is beyond matter?


    http://www.realitysandwich.com/does_consciousness_depend_brain

    The argument in its essence is that the transmission and production hypotheses are equally compatible with the facts materialism tries to explain — such as the effects of senility, drugs, and brain damage on consciousness — but that the hypothesis of transmission has the advantage of providing a framework for understanding other phenomena that must remain utterly inexplicable by the hypothesis of materialism.

    The brain is not an organ that generates consciousness, but rather an instrument evolved to transmit and limit the processes of consciousness and of conscious attention so as to restrict them to those aspects of the material environment which at any moment are crucial for the terrestrial success of the individual. In that case such phenomena as telepathy and clairvoyance would be merely instances in which some of the limitations were removed - Cyril Burt, 1975


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    Reality is ever changing, and so too should our notions of reality be ever-changing...
    Sat, Jan 8, 2011  Permanent link

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