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Paul Kingsnorth – The Myth of Progress

June 21, 2013

Paul Kingsnorth discusses The Dark Mountain Project, the decline of industrial civilization, and the myth of progress.

The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilization tells itself. They see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and feel that our cultural responses should reflect this reality rather than denying it.

The Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary art and literature were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. They believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning its foundations.

www.dark-mountain.net

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Tangerine Dream ‘Sphinx Lightning’

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Paul Rosenberg – The Seasons of Empire

June 15, 2013

Paul Rosenberg of Freeman’s Perspective discusses the rise and fall of civilizations. Over the ages, great civilizations and mighty empires have come and gone in a remarkably similar pattern. From Sumer to Egypt, from Greece to Rome, all have crashed from triumph to tragedy. The British built the largest empire in history, only to see it disintegrate in the aftermath of war. Since then, the USA has assumed the mantle of the World’s dominant power, winning a war of attrition against the former Soviet Union whilst waging real wars for resources across the globe. But are the days of the American Empire numbered?

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Courtney Brown – Remote Viewing, Consciousness and Reality: Part Two

June 11, 2013

Courtney Brown of the Farsight Institute discusses remote viewing and what it is revealing about the fundamental nature of consciousness and reality. The discoveries of quantum physics have been re-writing what we think we know about life, the universe, and everything. The realms being revealed by Remote Viewing are taking us even further down the rabbit hole where the meaning of time, space and matter dissolve, and all physical reality may be merely an artifact of observation.

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Courtney Brown – Remote Viewing, Consciousness and Reality: Part One

June 6, 2013

Courtney Brown of the Farsight Institute discusses remote viewing and what it is revealing about the fundamental nature of consciousness and reality. The discoveries of quantum physics have been re-writing what we think we know about life, the universe, and everything. The realms being revealed by Remote Viewing are taking us even further down the rabbit hole where the meaning of time, space and matter dissolve, and all physical reality may be merely an artifact of observation.

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Mike Berners-Lee – The Burning Question

May 27, 2013

Mike Berners-Lee discusses The Burning Question, a book co-authored with Duncan Clark. Climate change is the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle of our time. Great minds, enthusiastic leaders and green warriors have all tried to tackle the problem, but so far the world’s efforts at reducing global warming have failed. We do our best to save energy and technologies have made burning fuels more efficient, but the simple fact is carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. Like squeezing a balloon, reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere. The real barrier to action is that the world has far more fossil fuel in its reserves than it can safely burn – at least twice as much and perhaps ten times as much. These reserves are worth tens of trillions of dollars and solving the problem means persuading the world to abandon them.

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Andrew Collins – The Cygnus Mystery

May 13, 2013

Andrew Collins discusses his book The Cygnus Mystery – Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Life’s Origins in the Cosmos. For 17,000 years the constellation of Cygnus, the celestial swan, otherwise known as the Northern Cross, has fascinated the world. It has defined the layout of ancient stone and earthern structures both in the new world and ancient world. Its cruciform star pattern is probably behind the root symbols of major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Orphism. Cygnus might even have defined the placement on the ground of the Pyramids of Giza. Why has this one constellation had such an impact on humanity?

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Fred Alan Wolf – Time Loops and Space Twists

May 5, 2013

Fred Alan Wolf discusses some of the ideas and concepts explored in his book Time Loops and Space Twists. In his most important work since Taking the Quantum Leap, Fred explains how our understanding of time, space and matter have changed in just the last few years and how with these new ideas we have a glimpse into the ‘mind of God’.

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Peter Russell – Science, Spirituality and the Origin of Consciousness

April 27, 2013

Peter Russell discusses the crumbling barriers between science and spirituality, and what contemporary research may be telling us about the origin and nature of consciousness. Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say. And when it comes to consciousness itself, science falls curiously silent. There is nothing in physics, chemistry, biology, or any other science that can account for our having an interior world. In a strange way, scientists would be much happier if minds did not exist. Yet without minds there would be no science. This ever-present paradox may be pushing Western science into what Thomas Kuhn called a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in worldview.

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Ian R Crane – Energy, Economics and Hidden Agendas

April 18, 2013

Former oilfield executive Ian R Crane has engaged industry sources and independent researchers to lay the foundations for his investigations into fracking – mining of shale and coal seam gas. Ian asks whether this ‘miracle’ of nature really will be the solution to our nation’s energy problems. Is it going to be the best thing for us since North Sea gas, or are there hidden dangers which could impact upon communities in ways which need open discussion?

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Paul Levy – Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil

April 11, 2013

Paul Levy discusses his book Dispelling Wetiko – Breaking the Curse of Evil. There is a contagious psycho-spiritual disease of the human soul, a parasite of the mind, that is currently manifesting itself in the form of unprecedented conflicts and crises on a global scale. This collective psychosis or mental virus – which Native Americans have called wetiko – covertly operates through the unconscious blind spots in the human psyche, rendering us oblivious to our own madness and compelling us to act against our own best interests.

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