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James Maxlow – The Expanding Earth

December 21, 2014

James Maxlow

World-renowned geologist James Maxlow discusses the theory of Expansion Tectonics. In a startling challenge to conventional geology, Expansion Tectonics suggests that the Earth has not always been the same size. Hundreds of millions of years ago, it may have been much, much smaller, with vast implications for the past, present and future of life on this planet. A single super-continent called Pangaea dominated Earth 300 million years ago. But whereas Plate Tectonics states that it existed surrounded by a huge super-ocean, Expansion Tectonics suggests that it covered the entire planetary surface. As the planet expanded – about 100 million years ago – so the spaces currently occupied by the great oceans opened up.

Expansion Tectonics offers a radical overhaul of many accepted ideas about the Earth. It can help explain patterns of evolution, how life spread across the planet, catastrophic mass extinctions, and mysteries such as how and when Antarctica could once have been lush, green and free from ice. The theory therefore has relevance to Earth changes that we are witnessing today. It also poses many fascinating questions: if the planet is expanding, where does the additional matter come from? What, if anything, can it tell us about the origins of the Earth? Is expansion occurring on other planets, in other galaxies or even throughout the entire Universe?

With or without Expansion Tectonics, the Earth does continue to expand, although the rate – just a few centimeters per year – is stretched across such a vast timescale that it has barely registered since human beings first evolved. However, should it continue, life on Earth will once again be profoundly transformed during the next few million years.

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Bill Still – The Truth Behind the Federal Reserve

December 13, 2014

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Monetary reform activist Bill Still discusses his latest documentary Jekyll Island: The Truth Behind the Federal Reserve. What’s the real problem with the world economy? It’s debt. Too much personal debt, too much corporate debt and – most importantly – too much government debt. People have a natural tendency to want to spend now and pay later, and governments are no different. The problem is that government money mostly comes from just two sources; taxation and borrowing. Governments can either raise taxes to cover their reckless spending, or borrow from private banks and continue to kick the financial can down the road. Unfortunately, the vast sums governments owe to these private, for-profit banks continually attracts interest, and this mathematically un-payable debt is now strangling the life out of the economy of every nation on Earth.

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Tobias Churton – Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin Part Two

December 6, 2014

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Tobias Churton discusses his book Aleister Crowley – The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic. The talk also touches on psychology, politics, science, spirituality, materialism, quantum physics, social conformity, limits to human understanding, and the quest for meaning and purpose in life. Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion Thelema, he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city. Known to his friends affectionately as ‘The Beast’, Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlin’s artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the world’s most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and many other luminaries of a glittering world soon to be trampled into the mud by the global bloodbath of World War II.

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Tobias Churton – Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin Part One

November 29, 2014

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Tobias Churton discusses his book Aleister Crowley – The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic. The talk also touches on psychology, politics, science, spirituality, materialism, quantum physics, social conformity, limits to human understanding, and the quest for meaning and purpose in life. Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion Thelema, he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city. Known to his friends affectionately as ‘The Beast’, Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlin’s artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the world’s most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and many other luminaries of a glittering world soon to be trampled into the mud by the global bloodbath of World War II.

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David Fridley – Green Dreams: Future or Fantasy?

November 21, 2014

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David Fridley of the Post Carbon Institute discusses renewable energy technology and the future of industrial civilization. In the face of depleting fossil fuel reserves, renewable energy sources are held up as the best hope for clean, green and truly sustainable future societies. Upon closer investigation, however, solar, wind and hydro-power are much more limited in scope than we like to believe, making business-as-usual in the coming decades impossible using renewables alone.

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Giles Slade – The Big Disconnect: Technology and Loneliness

November 15, 2014

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Giles Slade discusses some of the issues raised in his book The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness. Why do millions upon millions of people in the modern world feel that isolation and loneliness are major sources of unhappiness? Tablets, smart phones, and social networks all promise better opportunities to connect and stay connected. Yet what they really do is replace face-to-face interactions and disguise our growing inability to trust others. Have we arrived at a new kind of consciousness in which electronic interfaces receive most of our attention to the detriment of real interpersonal communication and empathy? The Big Disconnect offers a bracing look at a world where intimacy with machines is increasingly replacing intimacy with other human beings.

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Dominic Frisby – Bitcoin: The Future of Money?

November 6, 2014

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Dominic Frisby discusses his book Bitcoin: The Future of Money? In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an obscure mailing list. ‘I’ve been working on a new electronic cash system’, he said. ‘It might make sense to get some just in case it catches on.’ Nobody seemed to care. But what he had created would become the world’s most famous alternative currency: Bitcoin. Economists, anarchists, speculators, computer coders, libertarians, criminals and entrepreneurs were inspired across the world. Early adopters would make a return two million times larger than their investment. Now it seems that Bitcoin will do to banking and finance what email did to the postal service and what the Internet did to publishing.

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James Penner – Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years

October 25, 2014

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James Penner discusses his book Timothy Leary – The Harvard Years: Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin. On May 27, 1963, Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert were dismissed from Harvard University’s Psychology Department – a watershed event marking the moment when psychedelic drugs were publicly demonized and driven underground. Today, little is known about the period in the early 1960s when LSD and psilocybin were not only legal but also actively researched at universities. Presenting the first collection of Leary’s writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965, Timothy Leary – The Harvard Years offers rare articles from Leary’s time as a professor in Harvard’s Psychology Department, including writings from the Harvard Psilocybin Project, the Concord Prison Project, and the Good Friday Experiment.

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Bernardo Kastrup – Why Materialism is Baloney

October 16, 2014

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Bernardo Kastrup discusses his book Why Materialism Is Baloney: How true skeptics know there is no death and fathom answers to life, the universe, and everything. What is consciousness? What is reality? Does mind arise from the universe or the universe from mind? The present framing of the cultural debate in terms of materialism versus religion has allowed materialism to go unchallenged as the only rationally-viable metaphysics. Why Materialism Is Baloney seeks to change this. It uncovers the absurd implications of materialism and then presents a hard-nosed non-materialist metaphysics substantiated by skepticism, empirical evidence, and clear logical reasoning. It lays out a coherent framework upon which one can interpret and make sense of every natural phenomenon and physical law, as well as the modalities of human consciousness, without materialist assumptions.

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Patrick Lepetit – The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism

October 10, 2014

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Patrick Lepetit discusses his book The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism – Origins, Magic and Secret Societies. Not merely an artistic or literary movement as many believe, the surrealists rejected the labels of artist and author bestowed upon them by outsiders, accepting instead the titles of magician, alchemist or witch. Their paintings, poems, and other works were created to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost psychic and magical powers. They used creative expression as the vehicle to attain what André Breton called the ‘supreme point’, the point at which all opposites cease to be perceived as contradictions. This supreme point is found at the heart of all esoteric doctrines and enables communication with higher states of being.

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