Do Psychopaths Run the World?

By NICK PARKINS Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. – John Lennon (1940-1980), English singer and songwriter Lennon and others externalise the apparent paranoia that wells up inside us. “The world has gone mad!” More often than not we partition this voice off, content to view the world as others prescribe it. But who … [Read more...]

Nothing Is True, Everything is Permitted: The Untold Story of Brion Gysin

By MATTHEW LEVI STEVENS If Brion Gysin had not existed, it probably would have been necessary to invent him, as the saying goes. Pre-eminent multimedia psychedelic shaman of the latter-half of the twentieth century, Gysin was something of a jack-of-all-trades: artist, calligrapher, entrepreneur, kinetic sculptor, novelist, performance artist, photographer, poet, raconteur, restaurateur, and traveller in this-and-other worlds. Brion did it all. Even a brief list of the names he crossed paths … [Read more...]

[Trapped] in The Net: What They Don’t Tell You About the Internet & Social Media

By DAVID THRUSSELL “Technological progress is carrying us to inevitable disaster.” – Theodore J. Kaczynski (a.k.a. ‘The Unabomber’) Flawed, to a depth unlike any other beast in the animal kingdom, human beings rapaciously despoil their own environment and continue to conduct activities that appear to threaten the very existence of the biosphere – our home, planet Earth. Through the latter half of the 20th century an insatiable technological race to develop weapons of mass annihilation … [Read more...]

The Ancient Art of Memory & the Modern Science of Dreaming

By ERIC WARGO I’m old enough to remember a time before we knew that birds were just a modern form of dinosaurs. Like many children in the 1970s, I thought dinosaurs were the coolest things ever, partly because they were so remote in time, so very extinct. But to later find out what palaeontologists were just then realising, that these ancient monsters were still around us everywhere, always audible outside the window, was mind-blowing and inspiring in a whole new way. Something similar is … [Read more...]

Poisoned Mind: Social Media in the 21st Century

By DAVID THRUSSELL According to an article on the website of ‘Radio Free Europe’, a nondescript modern 4-storey building on Savushkina Street, St. Petersburg, houses the innocuously titled ‘Internet Research Centre’. Inside the building operate government controlled and tasked teams of professional ‘trolls’. Spread across approximately 40 rooms, the trolls prowl the Internet in 12 hour shifts, generating pro-Kremlin comments and ‘gaming’ Internet forums and online conversations. St. … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Unplug from the Matrix Before Our Brains are Totally Rewired

By DANIEL TAYLOR Within 20 years, according to top Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers, nearly half of all jobs currently occupied by humans will be automated by computers or robots. What purpose will these formerly employed individuals fulfil? The elite of society have been discussing this epic moment for decades. In April of 2000, Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, wrote an article for Wired magazine called “Why the future doesn’t need us.” The premise of the article … [Read more...]

Does Telepathy Conflict With Science? Many are Starting to Think Not

By CHRIS CARTER Recently, journalist Steven Volk was surprised to discover that leading skeptical psychologist Richard Wiseman has admitted that the evidence for telepathy is so good that “by the standards of any other area of science, [telepathy] is proven.” Mr Volk goes on to write, “Even more incredibly, as I report in Fringe-ology, another leading skeptic, Chris French, agrees with him.” Mr Volk might even be more surprised to learn that back in 1951 psychologist Donald Hebb wrote … [Read more...]

Time, Entanglement & Consciousness

By ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D. Over the past year [2011-2012] a number of new, potentially momentous, discoveries have been made in the realms of quantum and particle physics. On the one hand, they stand to rock the very foundations of modern physics and the common-sense reality that most people live their everyday lives by. On the other hand, these same discoveries lend further support to the reality of both paranormal phenomena and the literal veracity of ancient wisdom. In particular, I am here … [Read more...]

Time Travel & The Multiverse – Many Worlds: Many Timelines

By MARIE D. JONES & LARRY FLAXMAN Time travel has enchanted and intrigued us since the earliest days of fiction, when authors such as H.G. Wells, Samuel Madden, Charles Dickens and Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau stretched and challenged our imaginations with images and tales of men and women who invented amazing machines and devices that could take them back in time, or forward into the future. Because of the restrictions of light speed, and the paradoxes of going back to the past without damaging … [Read more...]

The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs

By MATTHEW LEVI STEVENS When the American writer William S. Burroughs passed away at the ripe old age of 83 back in August 1997, the media coverage was definitely more in keeping with his status as a counter-cultural icon than it was for his literary fame – or infamy – alone. All the usual well-rehearsed lines were trotted out, about how he was the Harvard-educated product of the WASP elite and scion of the family that founded the Burroughs Corporation, who had turned his back on it all to … [Read more...]