Heaven Earth explores the practice and commercialization of amazonian ayahuasca-shamanism in Iquitos, Peru. Participants of ceremonies involving ayahuasca, a plant that induces psychedelic experiences, include tour operators, guides, as well as western vision seekers. All share their experiences, philosophies and recount stories about their journeys.
“… The difference between the modern and primitive paradigm can simply be said in the term spirit. The modern paradigm, or model in the modern world, doesn’t have the spirit in it, it works on the levels of the mind and the body only, but doesn’t give much credence or any to the spirit. Here [Iquitos], it’s almost reversed. the spirit is first, and the mind and body would come second. So you could say this is a spiritual paradigm and we come from the physical paradigm.”
This site is about some very broad topics we associate with learning including but not limited to education, reading, books, and technology. I am interested in the big ideas surrounding how, what, and why we learn. A lot of my thinking on learning, education, and the classroom stems from the work of Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, and perhaps Isaac Asimov, among others. I’d like to post news articles and opinions from the world of education, as well as reviews of books which might be of interest to teachers, parents, and students. It will also (eventually) contain a directory of links to lesson plans and activities.
Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
The Goodness Life is all about eating well to feel your best. Here you’ll find easy and delicious recipes, nutrition tidbits, and all sorts of other info. I hope you enjoy reading about my journey towards living a life full of goodness!
Carl Jung is the Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist that founded “analytical psychology.” Analytical psychology focuses on the whole of the human being, believing that the unconscious mind is a source for healing and the development of an individual’s soul. The conscious mind can interact with its unconscious counterpart by observing and interpreting symbols encountered during one’s life. Such symbols can appear in the form of synchronous events – the occurrence of meaningful coincidences. It is this concept that author Ira Progoff focuses on, providing an overview of Jung’s research, and some of his thoughts and research as well.
The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers that collects data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 70 host sites around the world. The result is a database of synchronized parallel sequences of random numbers. The data are archived on a server in Princeton, and subjected to formal analysis testing whether there are departures from expected randomness corresponding to global events. The purpose is to examine subtle correlations that reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. The prediction is that there is structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events. The data overall show a highly significant departure from expectation, confirming the prediction. This encourages us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.
The aspects of the Buddha’s teachings that have been preserved in various traditions, share a belief in the interdependence and interconnectedness of all things – a kind of unified theory of everything. In effect, they argue that most of human reality as we know it is a distortion, the result of the delusions that afflict our individual minds, and that we perceive distinctions where none exist. For humans, Buddhists believe, compassion for others is the logical response to the understanding of interdependence and the shared experience of suffering that deluded mind-states cause. Through observation, the “Buddhist scientist” comes to understand the sources of her own confusion and psychic dissonance, and, seeing through the external differences that divide us, can better empathize with others. There is increasing consensus that the sustained practice of meditation can permanently change the structure of the brain and improve attentional capacity.
From the book: Do you hunger for skills to improve the quality of your relationships, to deepen your sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively? Unfortunately, for centuries our culture has taught us to think and speak in ways that can actually perpetuate conflict, internal pain and even violence. Nonviolent Communication partners practical skills with a powerful consciousness and vocabulary to help you get what you want peacefully.
Using augmented reality animation, Hans Rosling tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes, in this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine (and complain about).