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In Conversation with Rupert Sheldrake (E16)

Podcast
This podcast is a recording of a second conversation between me and Rupert Sheldrake, one of my favorite renegade scientists and the number one target of the defenders of scientific orthodoxy. He hardly needs any introduction, but I'll say he is prolific author and researcher with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cambridge University. As you will see, it is rather hard to dismiss him as a New Age airhead. I see him as an elder or a pioneer in the liberating of science from its metaphysical dogmas of reductionism and mechanistic materialism, and a true practitioner of the Scientific Method in its original humble spirit. I hope you'll enjoy the intellect and refinement of this man as much as I ... More →
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Rupert Sheldrake: The Crisis of Science (E07)

Podcast
Rupert Sheldrake is one of the most thoughtful, lucid people I have ever met. In this conversation we talk about the foundations of science, both as an institution and as a path to knowledge. Like all the institutions of modernity, science faces a crisis that is increasingly recognized within science itself. Part of it is the "replicability crisis," but as Rupert and I discuss, that is but a gateway into deeper epistemological and metaphysical problems ... More →

The Need for Venture Science

Essay
As in politics, the economy, and the ecosystem, what once seemed incontestably true is coming under question ... More →

The Waters of Heterodoxy

Essay
In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature ... More →
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A Miracle in Scientific American

Essay
That this spontaneous and numinous experience happened to one of the world's most prominent debunkers of such experiences may, like the dot of yin in the fullness of yang, portend a fundamental transition ... More →
A Coal Pile in the Ballroom

A Coal Pile in the Ballroom

Essay
Perhaps selfishness is not human nature; perhaps it is an artifact of our system ... More →

Story Disruption & Morphogenesis (2015)

Video
This talk was recorded at the Science and Non-Duality Conference, 2015 ... More →
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Zika and the Mentality of Control

Essay
Until we begin thinking in holistic terms, we will lurch from one enemy to the next, forever suppressing symptoms even as we worsen the disease ... More →
Imagine a 3-D World

Imagine a 3-D World

Short Reflection
On our way to see the latest installment of The Hobbit, I asked my 10-year-old Philip and his two friends, “Don’t you wish that the real world were 3-D just like the movies?”“Yeah!” they said with relish. “That would be so awesome!” The joke was on me, it seemed. A minute later I tried to explain: “Guys, you realize that reality already is 3-D, don’t you? I was making a joke.” “But it isn’t like the movies,” said the 11-year-old sitting next to me, “where stuff comes right at you.” “Yes it is,” I said, pretending to swat him in the face. The conversation soon turned toward other topics, and I was left with an abiding sadness over that boy’s ... More →

Interview Footage (“AWAKE” documentary)

Video
Published on Nov 6, 2013 In this interview for the upcoming documentary “AWAKE”, Charles Eisenstein talks about our true longing and he explains how our money system works and why it leads to separation in our society ... More →

TED: A Choice Point

Essay
Originally, the thesis of this essay was going to be that TED, contrary to its reputation for promoting innovative ideas, excludes ideas that are truly radical or disruptive, contributing instead to a slickly packaged narrative of “Gee whiz, thanks to these nifty ideas, the world is getting better all the time.” TED is, I thought, a conservative institution, a champion of our culture's dominant narratives. It isn't hard to make that case, but when I cast my net a little wider and crowd-sourced some research, I discovered the situation is not quite so simple. The two recent incidents that motivated my original thesis were (1) The suppression of TEDx talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock, and (2) The withdrawal ... More →

Genetically Modifying and Patenting Seeds isn’t the Answer

Essay
A Croatian translation of this article can be found here: The great historian Lewis Mumford once described a patent as "a device that enables one man to claim special financial rewards for being the last link in the complicated social process that produced the invention". He was pointing out that we do not produce inventions ex nihilo, but rather draw on the totality of the inventions and knowledge that came before us. It is no longer just the fruits of a centuries-long social process that are targets of patent claims. Through genetic engineering, corporations can now create and patent new life forms. Physicist Vandana Shiva, in a video launching the globalSeed Freedom Campaign, calls this ownership of entire new species ... More →

C-Realm Podcast Interview (2009-2014)

Audio
Charles has been interviewed on the C-Realm podcast quite a few times spanning 2009-2014. 144: The Full Flush of Genius 145: Pushing Chaos into the Future 181: Raising Rock Bottom 272: Emperor of What? 273: From the Heart to the Fringe 398: Guided by Beauty ... More →

The Ascent of Humanity

Essay
More than any other species, human beings are gifted with the power to manipulate their environment and the ability to accumulate and transmit knowledge across generations. The first of these gifts we call technology; the other we call culture. They are central to our humanity. Accumulating over thousands of years, culture and technology have brought us into a separate human realm. We live, more than any animal, surrounded by our own artifacts. Among these are works of surpassing beauty, complexity, and power: human creations that could not have existed—could not even have been conceived—in the times of our forebears. Seldom do we pause to appreciate the audacity of our achievements: objects as mundane as a compact disc, a video cellphone, ... More →

The Multicellular Metahuman

Essay
Given the ruination of our civilization’s millennia-old program of control, some people despair of any solution but to undo the entire history of technology—an option that entails its own despair, as a return to the Stone Age would mean the demise of some 99.8% of the world’s population. Moreover, to advocate a return to the Stone Age is to reject the gifts of hand and mind that make us human, the wonders along with the ruin. Surely, there is an alternative, an expression of our gifts that is not just another technology of dominating, managing, fixing, and controlling. To understand what that might look like, I turn to the human body. During the Age of the Machine, physiologists attempting to ... More →
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