TEDxPSU – Richard Doyle – Scaling the Noösphere

11 06 2011

This is a TEDx presentation given by my favorite scholar of the rhetoric of biochemistry and post-vital living, Richard Doyle, about the importance of developing our conceptions of the noösphere.

Currently I’m reading his newest scholarly book concerning his ecodelic hypotheses about archaic and contemporary psychedelic media technologies, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere.

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The birth of a word

15 03 2011

Wow.

Incredibly beautiful (and unsettling) statistical visualizations in this jaw-dropping presentation with extensive implications.

 





The Mystery of Change

11 03 2011

A short film with narration by Alan Watts and music by Sigur Rós.

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In an online thread about about death, consciousness and DMT, Robert Forte told this story:

18 years ago I was trying to get my five year old son to say some cute and profound thing so i  asked him what he thought happens when you die. 

“i don’t want to talk about it,” he said.
“oh come on,” i said,  “its going to happen to everyone. what do you think happens?”
“Dad,” he said firmly,  “i don’t want to talk about it.”
I said,  “its nothing to be afraid of.”
“Dad,” he said, nearly shouting.  “I don’t even want to think about it.”
“but why not?”  i asked.
“Because i want it to be a surprise.”

Yugen.

:)





Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate?

3 03 2011

Here is another informative, insightful and entertaining talk filled with fascinating data from Dr. Sapolsky, Stanford neurologist and primatologist.

[original FORA.tv upload.]

Other recommended Sapolsky lectures include:

‘Stress, Neurodegeneration and Individual Differences’

‘The Neurobiology of Primate Sexuality’: Part 1 [Part 2]

and more excellent lectures can be found here.





tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle

1 02 2011

Incredibly impressive reading of Dr. Seuss’ toungue twisting poem, Fox In Socks:

 





Timothy Leary – Chemical Languages

23 01 2011

Dr. Leary:  a brilliant and profound thinker and gifted speaker and communicator.   Just listen to this phenomenal 9 minute rant:

If you’re still hungry for more Leary, check out this video about his life including some funny interview footage from his last days:





The Cultural Mobius Strip & Psychedelic Mechanics (Erik Davis & James Kent videos)

15 01 2011

I found this talk given by Erik Davis at the 2010 Horizons Conference in NYC a very enjoyable and accurate delineation of the psychedelic renaissance landscape:

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In the video, Erik describes James Kent’s Psychedelic Information Theory, which you can learn more about from watching his excellent presentation at the 2010 Psychedelic Science Conference in San Jose:

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