Dr. Vishwam Jamie Heckert talks openly about activism, his yoga practice, and the inner freedom he’s discovering to tackle internal and external structures of domination
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Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine, uncovers some contemporary heresies within our society’s worldview. Unpicking the current, destructive mythologies of our time, she believes, could support social and ecological transformation.
Tony Robbin, artist, writer and pioneer of the computer visualisation of four-dimensional geometry, explores the life and work of David Bohm and Roger Penrose and how their research met in the search for non-local causality.
Urszula Szulakowska has written extensively on the history of alchemical illustrations, alongside work exploring the influence of alchemical imagery in contemporary art. In this article she discusses how an increasing number of Australian artists are using alchemy as a metaphor to explore Australian identity and the political struggle of the aboriginals.
How can you define consciousness? In his article, F David Peat looks to art and music for answers and explores how consciousness may not limited to the mind, but the physicality of the entire body. Drawing on the personal experiences from artists and musicians such as Anish Kapoor and Michael Tippet to the physicist David Bohm, he explores how the creative process resembles an alchemical cycle whereby creative ‘gold’ is generated from the mind and the body.
Biological information is not only instructional but also has to do with ‘valued’ and ‘significant’ information, which puts the receiver in the centre of interest. Bernd-Olaf Küppers, Professor of Natural Sciences, offers a distinct naturalistic view about how crucial semantic levels of information might emerge via evolutionary processes.
In our contemporary neurobiology and much of the philosophy of mind post Descartes we are classical physics machines and either mindless, or mind is at best epiphenomenal and can have no consequences for the physical world. In this article, renowned scientist and thinker, Stuart Kauffman, discuss a large, interwoven set of topics. Much of what he says is highly speculative, some is testable, some is, at present, surely not. It is, he hopes, useful, to set these ideas forth for our consideration.
Does nature process quantum information whenever a physical system evolves? In this article, Seth Lloyd uses the concept of quantum information science as the basis for an entire world view, declaring that the universe as a whole is a gigantic quantum computer.
Between stillness and movement, absorption and play; between being utterly ’in the moment’ and on the brink of imminent, inescapable change, Dryden Goodwin’s film ‘Poised’ provides multiple meanings.
More than any other artist of the modern era, the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) has shifted how art is understood. His views have altered not only the way art is made, but also the way it is presented to and experienced by the public, erasing the barrier between art and life, and integrating art into the real world. Jacquelynn Baas discusses his work and ideas in relation to contemporary artists.