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Buddhas and Machines [Expanding Mind]

Chinese typewriters, Alan Watts, and how Buddhism (and motorcycle maintenance) infected digital capitalism: a talk with Professor R. John Williams about his new book, The Buddha in the Machine: Art, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West.

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The Joyous Cosmology: Prologue

"The Joyous Cosmology inevitably sends me into a state of poetic euphoria and anarchistic delight," writes Daniel Pinchbeck in his introduction to a new edition of Alan Watts' classic account of the psychedelic experience. Followed by the author's prologue. 

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The Cosmic Giggle: Laughter and Psychedelics

Some psychedelic experiences feel sacred and profound while others leave us howling with laughter. Laughter is a common experience on psychedelics, from psilocybin mushrooms to cannabis.  Why is this?  Why are these mind-altering substances capable of tickling us in this way?  And is there a link between the profound metaphysical insights that psychedelics can occasion …

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Wisdom and Enlightenment: Becoming a Spiritual Atheist

No matter how  much religion I had rejected and science I respected, I was never fully willing to give up the idea that there may be purpose, meaning, and love inherent in the building blocks of the universe. But, like many atheists, I had always been turned off by spirituality wrapped up in New Age packaging.

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Trickster Feminism: A Poetics of Consciousness

Where there is oppression there is paradox. Trickster feminism is a mode of disarming paradox by performing it. It’s a both/and-neither/nor ontology. It is trans-genus. “No fixed feminine, no fixed constituents cut through this body of difference. . . .”

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Romancing the Toad

I traveled to Mexico City last month to attend the World Bufo Alvarius Congress (WBAC), bufo alvarius. The gathering in Mexico City July 27-29, 2018, was the first of its kind to assemble in one room a few hundred people who had all experienced this sacred medicine.