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Change by Design: A Talk with João Amorim

"My work as a filmmaker tries to shine a spotlight on
good stuff happening around the world, pushing a positive agenda. But I
try to practice what I preach. I do agroforestry. We need to align our actions with our words, aiming for


Sacred Economics: Chapter 22, Community and the Unquantifiable (pt. 23)

Despite being able to pay for everything we need, we do not feel like all our needs have actually been met. We feel
empty, hungry. Perhaps the things we need the most are absent from the products of mass production, cannot
be quantified or commoditized, and are therefore inherently outside the money realm. 

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An Encounter with Ayahuasca Sorcery

In the literature on South American indigenous and mestizo curanderismo, particularly in relation to ayahuasca, I found that harmful attacks by malevolent practitioners using invisible “darts” are widely reported. Perhaps as many as 50 percent of illnesses are said to be caused by such sorcery.

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FOMO, Digital Dementia, and Our Dangerous Experiment

The couple thumbing their smartphones while ignoring one another, the moviegoer texting while his smartphone’s screen blinds us, and the person who can’t stop messaging long enough to keep the checkout line moving are all suffering from FOMO.


Love Magic & Holy Death: A Conversation with Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut

With Her many devotees among society's dispossessed, Santa Muerte, Saint or Holy
Death, has
drawn the ire of orthodoxies both religious and legal. Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut's new book is one of the first academic studies in
English of this complex and controversial figure. He was kind enough to provide some insight into this fast
growing devotional tradition.