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How To Deprogram Your Own Mind

Mindfulness involves self-deprogramming -- Howard

 

"Recognize that programming is everywhere, and it isn't all bad. Your programming started with your parents teaching you things, and both consciously and unconsciously programming you with all of their beliefs and attitudes. That is not necessarily bad — it is usually good. You are better off for having had parents who cared about you and wanted to teach you. But unfortunately, you also inherited all of their misinformation, superstitions, mistakes, and irrational and untrue beliefs."


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The Principles of Universal Spirituality

The Principles of Universal Spirituality | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

“Once called the “religion of healthy-mindedness” by the philosopher, William James, the New Thought movement was born almost 150 years ago as a revolt against the negative dogmas so prevalent in the churches of that day. The early New Thought movement was driven by the discovery that physical healing was possible through the power of mind and spiritual awareness. As that initial idea unfolded into successful application, practitioners of New Thought began to see that the power of an uplifted consciousness could also bring healing to negative circumstances and conditions in one’s personal life. As it evolves today, twenty-first century New Thought is driven by a far broader intention. Planetary healing through self-realization is emerging as the new promise of these teachings.”

 

The Principles of Universal Spirituality

There is one infinite, all-inclusive, creative, living Intelligence beyond and within the universe.Whether we call it God, Brahman, Allah, Spirit, or some other name, It is the Great All in which all things exist and of which all things have been made.

 

Our essential nature is spiritual. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, and as spiritual beings, we share in God’s essential nature.

 

We have a creative relationship with our experience of life. The spiritual universe operates according to spiritual laws, which allows us to co-create our life experience consciously. Through right alignment with spiritual law and conscious contact with the Creative Intelligence within, we can achieve happiness and fulfillment.

 

Life is a spiritual journey toward an awareness of the true source of our being. The ultimate destiny of every individual soul is to awaken to the true source of its being–God Itself.”


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A Car That Runs On Air: The Future Is Here?

A Car That Runs On Air: The Future Is Here? | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

the tiny car’s engine works by extracting air pressure from its 175-liter tank—and does not contribute to air pollution.


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‘It’s the most ecstatic thing, to just be yourself’

‘It’s the most ecstatic thing, to just be yourself’ | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Seán Dagan Wood discovers how a new series of innovative workshops run by the award-winning filmmaker, musician and ‘creative catalyst’ Jamie Catto, is inspiring people to realise their potential...
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How To Print A Building (The Coming Real Estate Revolution) Ancient Lasers

How To Print A Building (The Coming Real Estate Revolution) Ancient Lasers | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Imag­ine you want to build a new house or office build­ing. In the past, you would have had to hire an archi­tect, a con­trac­tor, a con­struc­tion company…The entire process would take months — if not years — and con­struc­tion delays were the name of the game.

 

A man named Enrico Dini is not only about to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the way we build houses and office build­ings — his tech­nol­ogy could poten­tially cause the largest eco­nomic rev­o­lu­tion in human history.

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13 Green Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind

13 Green Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
As architects continue to envision the utopian cities of the future, one thing is certain: innovation means sustainability.
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Horto domi: the Open Garden

Horto domi is an open-source raised-bed beyond-organic garden platform with automation and web-interface capability with Arduino.
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The City Of The Future Will Be Covered In Lichen

The City Of The Future Will Be Covered In Lichen | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Lichen loves to grow on tall, rocky mountains. But it doesn't know the difference between that and a skyscraper. Covering our buildings in it would keep them cool for free, if one artist's experiments work out.
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Could IKEA build a Resilient Community?

Could IKEA build a Resilient Community? | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

IKEA is planning to design, build, and operate an urban community on 11 hectare’s of wasteland in East London. The highlights of the project are: Homes and apartments for 6,000 people in a walk-able neighborhood of winding streets. Cars are parked in an underground garage. A hydro-electric power system that provides electricity for the community (it’s on the Thames, which allows it to use tidal power)...

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Wind Power Without the Blades

Wind Power Without the Blades | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

The proposed design calls for 1,203 "“stalks," each 180-feet high with concrete bases that are between about 33- and 66-feet wide. The carbon-fiber stalks, reinforced with resin, are about a foot wide at the base tapering to about 2 inches at the top. Each stalk will contain alternating layers of electrodes and ceramic discs made from piezoelectric material, which generates a current when put under pressure. In the case of the stalks, the discs will compress as they sway in the wind, creating a charge

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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest

Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
As a teenager, Jadav Payeng began planting trees on a barren sandbar in India. 30 years later, it's home to a sprawling forest.
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Jardin des Fraternités Ouvrières

In this permaculture garden in Mouscron, Belgium, over 2000 types of fruit trees and 5000 kinds of vegetables grow freely in a 1800m⊃2; jungle, much more productively than any manmade monoculture could achieve. Abricots, palm trees, lettuce year round. Soil hasn't been turned or watered for 40 years. No pest problems. No artificial anything. (Video in French)

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3D-printed adapter bricks allow interconnection between ten kids' construction toys

3D-printed adapter bricks allow interconnection between ten kids' construction toys | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"The Free Universal Construction Kit is a collection of adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet, or unmeetable, by corporate interests."

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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
"Romantic reductionist" neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses the scientific side of consciousness, including the notion that all matter is, to varying degrees, sentient.

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Shareable: Crowdfunding Goes Hyper-Local

Shareable: Crowdfunding Goes Hyper-Local | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

There used to be a time when, if you wanted money to create public art, produce your invention, or start a company, you had to appeal to higher authorities. Big banks, wealthy relatives, local governments--they had the green, and we the humble innovators had to prove we were worthy of it.


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IMF Working Paper Offers Support for Full Reserve Banking

IMF Working Paper Offers Support for Full Reserve Banking | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
At the height of the Great Depression a number of leading U.S. economists advanced a proposal for monetary reform that became known as the Chicago Plan. It envisaged the separation of the monetary and credit functions of the banking system, by requiring 100% reserve backing for deposits.

Irving Fisher (1936) claimed the following advantages for this plan:

 

(1) Much better control of a major source of business cycle fluctuations, sudden increases and contractions of bank credit and of the supply of bank-created money.

 

(2) Complete elimination of bank runs.

 

(3) Dramatic reduction of the (net) public debt.

 

(4) Dramatic reduction of private debt, as money creation no longer requires simultaneous debt creation.

 

We study these claims by embedding a comprehensive and carefully calibrated model of the banking system in a DSGE model of the U.S. economy. We find support for all four of Fisher’s claims.


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Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 50 Meters Away

Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 50 Meters Away | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 50 meters away.
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Graphene Can Improve Desalination Efficiency

Graphene Can Improve Desalination Efficiency | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Graphene. It can be stronger than steel and thinner than paper. It can generate electricity when struck by light. It can be used in thin, flexible supercapacitors that are up to 20 times more powerful than the ones we use right now and can be made in a DVD burner. It’s already got an impressive track record, but does it have any more tricks up its sleeve? Apparently, yes. According to researchers at MIT, graphene could also increase the efficicency of desalination by two or three orders of magnitude. Seriously, what can’t this stuff do?

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In Grave Danger of Falling Food

In This introductory video to Permaculture, Bill Mollison, the movements co-founder, takes the viewer through the history and developments of the movement. With startelingly laconic humour adn insight he deconstructs the modern agribusiness and the 'modern plague' : manicured ornamental lawns. In this video he offers an antidote, whihc is an anti-dote, which is an antidote to both our currently unsustainable practices AND our unsustainable culture.

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Valve employee manual describes the greatest workplace I've ever heard of

Valve employee manual describes the greatest workplace I've ever heard of | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"Why do I need to pick my own projects? We’ve heard that other companies have people allocate a percentage of their time to self-directed projects. At Valve, that percentage is 100. Since Valve is flat, people don’t join projects because they’re told to. Instead, you’ll decide what to work on after asking yourself the right questions (more on that later). Employees vote on projects with their feet (or desk wheels). Strong projects are ones in which people can see demonstrated value; they staff up easily."

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Toronto Becomes First City To Mandate Green Roofs

Toronto Becomes First City To Mandate Green Roofs | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

On April 30th, Toronto will become the first city in North America with a bylaw that requires roofs to be green. And we're not talking about paint. A green roof, also known as a living roof, uses various hardy plants to create a barrier between the sun's rays and the tiles or shingles of the roof. The plants love the sun, and the building (and its inhabitants) enjoy more comfortable indoor temperatures as a result. Toronto's new legislation will require all residential, commercial and institutional buildings over 2,000 square meters to have between 20 and 60 percent living roofs. While this is the first city-wide mandate involving green roofs, Toronto's decision follow's in the footsteps of other cities, like Chicago and New York.

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Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers"

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Permaliv: A New Permatecture Toolbox! (From Nikos A. Salingaros)

Permaliv: A New Permatecture Toolbox! (From Nikos A. Salingaros) | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

The new book by Professor Nikos A. Salingaros, Twelve Lectures on Architecture; Algorithmic Sustainable Design, is like a Swiss Army Knife of tools for creating ultimate human habitats, or EEAs. Nobody cares about something they don’t love, and nobody loves anything that contradicts nature, because the human biophilia is nature!

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Farm for the Future

BBC documentary on the global farming and food crisis, and the need to move from traditional farming to permaculture and forest gardens ...

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Boulder Couple Builds 125 Square-Foot House - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

Boulder Couple Builds 125 Square-Foot House - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
BOULDER, Colo. -- A Boulder couple is building a 125 square-foot house and joining a growing movement focused on simple living. Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
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