While ancient “technologies” such as drumming, music, plant medicines, and fire gazing continue to be practiced, humanity is now developing and using new tools to achieve higher levels of awareness. How can we hold this growing mix of technology and personal and planetary awakening? What is the role of technology in transformation? What do new technologies offer that is different or builds on the traditional tools of our ancestors? What are the shadow sides to incorporating these technologies into our lives?
Technology & Media
A 16-page newsletter with information on the noetic sciences, from feature articles and book reviews to research updates and news on IONS.
“The broadcast industry needs to continue informing the public about the world’s problems,” says media activist Kim Weichel, in this profile by writer Holland, “but they fail us when they do not also focus equal attention on possible solutions.”
“An unprecedented phenomenon where groups of people cluster temporarily around information and goals of mutual interest.” Virtual reality guru Rheingold explores the frontiers of true mass media.
“When we seek media confirmation, we acknowledge and assume that our personal experiences no longer qualify as reality,” says sociologist McGrane.
“The media restructure awareness in such a way that we are being trained to remain unmoved, to feel no compulsion to take contributory action,” says philosopher and Buddhist Hershock.
"At this pivotal time in human evolution, it is vitally important that the mass media and their messages serve our collective psychological and spiritual health,” says futurist Elgin.
From full-length features to social consciousness documentaries, the landscape of film is being transformed by mission-driven artists who hope to change you and the world you live in.
Rapid advances in media and communication technology are rewiring our brains while challenging our capacity to process a relentless onslaught of new stimuli. More than a “stew of electromagnetic noise,” it’s a sign that we’re moving toward cooperative intelligence and planetary cocreation.
Writer, producer, and "transmedia" consultant Kate McCallum surveys the mind-blowing intersection of brain science, digital technology, and the visual arts. From fractal biofeedback software to virtual-reality immersions, media makers today are crossing a threshold of creative expression as they explore new ways to engage human beings at deeper levels.