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Reality Sandwich

The month in altered consciousness, according to the Evolver gang is a magazine about far-out culture and evolved consciousness edited by longtime Dazed columnist Daniel Pinchbeck. Under this Blog, he and his colleague Faye Sakellaridis round up their favourite nuggets for the modern shaman.

Few things are as alchemically powerful as sex and the ingestion of entheogens. The combination of these two is like adding rocket fuel to the body electric. Used safely, it can blast you to luminous stratospheres of healing, intimacy, ecstatic states of consciousness, and yes, heart-opening, body-quaking orgasms. In this dialogue, Talat Jonathan Phillips and Anna Salerno openly discuss how entheogens have affected their sex life, both physically and emotionally.

More than a movie, The Big Lebowski is the kind of miracle that, more rarely than occasionally, slips through the cracks of the Hollywood machinery. The Coen Brothers gave us an offering that, back in 1998, left the majority of critics perplexed. Guido Mina di Sospiro offers an analysis of the cult classic's leading role, the Dude, exploring his peaceful philosophy and "esoteric dimension."

Our weekly round-up of psi in the news, compiled by contributing editor David Metcalfe, is a comprehensive listing of recent news stories that deal in all areas of the elusive sixth sense. In this round-up, news stories include: the tantalizing possibilities of technological telepathy, Tibetan psychic traditions, the mysteries of mediumship, and the universe as a giant brain.

While mainstream press venues, government officials, and TV talking heads speculate hopelessly about the "why" of mass killings, one factor linking hundreds of cases of bizarre violence is repeatedly overlooked. In this article, Steven Taylor points out that many of the perpetrators of mass violence were on SSRI antidepressants, a fact deserving of more attention than it's currently receiving.

The future always seems like something that is going to happen rather than something that is happening. What accounts for the cognitive dissonance between changing-reality-as-experienced and change as imagined? Venkatesh Rao explains this through the concept of manufactured normalcy - that is, the mechanisms that prevent us from realizing that the future is actually now.

We're psyched to announce the new Reality Sandwich podcast, delivering the RS magic to you aurally. The Reality Sandwich podcast is hosted by the perennially cool duo, OddEdges and Henrietta Clark. In this edition, we cover dogma, telepathy, James Joyce, language-reality breakdowns, learning to vomit and learning to love, how Peruvians predict the next president, predicting the future with your skin, the happiest man on earth, and the enduring influence of the late, great Terence McKenna.

Faye Sakellaridis & Daniel Pinchbeck run "transformative culture" magazine