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A New End: A New Beginning

Almost everyone in leadership positions wants to make the old system well again. They don't get that economy based on industrial expansion via revolving credit and cheap energy is over. So, what to do in the face of unprecedented change?

More Trust, Better Money

Imagine
a world where we can choose to live productive, engaging, meaningful
lives without having to use money. Today there are "early adaptors" who live modern lives with no money at all.

Avian Flu: The Next Great Pandemic Threat

Since 2003, an avian influenza virus called H5N1 has been killing large
numbers of poultry – and occasionally people. But while public concern over bird flu has faded in recent years, the risk to humans has increased. A look at the history of pandemic flu can help us understand why the H5N1 virus remains a serious threat to mankind.

Pilgrimage to Nowhere

Like any half-literate member of the counterculture, I was theoretically part Buddhist. So I went to a Thai monastery to see what would happen sitting in silence day after day after day. Would I walk out of this spiritual boot camp slightly more realized, slightly more adult?

Prologue to A Life in Tarot

How do you shuffle twenty-two Tarot cards? What if I stop shuffling a second too soon? How will I know when my energy is in the cards? "Do what feels right," Iris says, placing her hand on top of mine.

Virtual Reality and Hallucination

Our understanding of what is or isn't "real" is being challenged, thanks to hyper-connectivity, hyper-conductivity, and processor speed. How is our personal sense of "reality" being transformed by new technological highs?

Future Mutations: An Interview with RU Sirius

RU Sirius is a writer, musician, and one-time presidential candidate best known for co-founding and editing the early '90s psychedelic cyberculture magazine Mondo 2000. In this interview, RU explores Open Source politics, transhumanism, and the wisdom of Robert Anton Wilson. "There's this group mutation that seems to have grown out of the counterculture – a new and possibly evolutionary, collaborationalist mind-meld."

Burning Men

What happened on the playa that Monday night? There you are, in a fireman's coat, hurling through the wee hours across a parched and dusty lakebed in a 1979 American LaFrance fire truck. Above you the rare shadow of the earth has morphed the full moon into a dusky half-burnt clementine that hangs there pendulous like some wandering orb on the cover of a 70s SF paperback. "Baby's on Fire" is spewing out of the iPod, and Fripp's incandescent solo mixes with Burning Man's surrounding soundscape of engines, explosions, house beats, and the rising cries of gesticulating passersby who have-wait a sec-just realized that the iconic 40-foot-tall trademark that centers their entire week of organized revelry is prematurely aflame.

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