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What Men Want: An Interview with Laura Mccullough

In this interview Laura Mccullough shares her poetry and speaks about gender evolution, the importance of poetry, the issue of gender appropriation in art and her new collection of poems entitled: "What Men Want."

Transition Town: A Tonic for the Peak Oil Blues

The days of cheap and plentiful oil are ending, perhaps sooner than we'd like to imagine. To confront the impending crisis known as Peak Oil, communities in the UK have developed models of sustainable local living called Transition Towns. Behind their strategy is the belief that with cooperation and creativity, and under a well-designed civic plan, the future without oil could be preferable to the present.

The Trap of Simulation

A spark of divine intelligence exists in each human being, according to Gnostic cosmology. This Greek word for this concept is nous, usually translated as "mind." When considered alongside the Gnostic concept of Hal – this Coptic word means "simulation" – the Gnostic perspective on nous may offer a way to orient us to the noosphere. Hal is close to what we today understand as Virtual Reality.

Maya Shamanism and 2012: A Psychedelic Cosmology

Powerful entheogenic substances were clearly utilized by the shamans and skywatchers working in the ancient Mayan city of Izapa. The profound integration of celestial, psychological, ritual, and mythopoeic elements found at Izapa bespeaks the psychedelic influence. Could the use of hallucinogens explain how the ancient skywatchers became aware of the Galactic Center? And what mysteries does the Galactic Center contain?

Secret Weapons

[Daemonic Dispatches] • Jon Ronson tells the sinister and ridiculous story of the U.S. government's experiments in psychic warfare – including Uri Geller, Ed Dames and the Army's remote viewing program, Steven Halpern and subliminal suggestion, Guy Savelli's death touch, the Heaven's Gate suicides, and the use of the Barney theme song as a torture device in Abu Ghraib.

A Green Surge

The Green Language that enables communication and interaction with the living intelligence of the planet is experiencing a verdant resurgence. Long relegated to the "occult," this expressive grammar has been kept alive through the ages by poets, alchemists, mystics, and wise women. At the first annual Conference on Green Hermeticism, brainchild of independent scholar Peter Lamborn Wilson, an inspired group of colleagues offered an astonishing array of facts, assertions, and speculations about our ability to connect to the planet.

Transforming Repression of The Divine Feminine

Imagine what the world would look like if there were millions of women who were anchors of ecstatic bliss energy. Imagine millions of women eschewing convention and walking their path towards their authentic nature, letting go the norms of social conformity in favor of following their heart bliss. Imagine if the world was filled with juicy mamas who love to be loved, and love to get loved on. We would live in a world where the top priority is to take care of each other, because taking care of each other is taking care of the whole.

Science Of Soul

[Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century] •After-Death Communication (ADC) is the official term now given to what happened to me spontaneously in June 1988 where I was contacted by a “deceased” federal government physicist colleague, George Viguet (pronounced vee-gay). My friend had “died” prematurely at age 40 from a sudden cardiac arrest seven months previously in Huntsville, Alabama, but appeared suddenly “out-of-the-blue” one morning and that invoked a state of trance in me. I slipped into a very unique consciousness that was full-of-information about life and death in fact.

Kehinde Wiley’s New World Portraiture

When I think of Kehinde Wiley's paintings, a couple of affiliated effects come to mind. In his work we look at history juxtaposed with a really unstable relationship to realism. But I don't want to start an essay with quotations from history – after all, that's what Kehinde Wiley's paintings are already doing. The essential issue at hand is to give some context to portraiture, hip hop visuality, sampling, collage, and quotation. I want to unpack some of the issues that Wiley engages in his work.

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