"We have unleashed planetary catastrophe through our actions as a species. We have induced an initiatory crisis for humanity as a whole. I think that on a subconscious level we have willed this into being. We are forcing ourselves to evolve - to change or die - by creating this universal threat to our existence. We will either squander our chance and fail as a species, or we will seize it, making a voluntary, self-willed mutation in how we think and act. This is the choice that faces us now."
- Daniel Pinchbeck, How Soon Is Now?
I am the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). I co-founded the web magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Evolver.net, and edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, with North Atlantic Books. I was featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. I am the founder of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki. My essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, Dazed & Confused, and many other publications.
From the Blog
My closing talk from Breaking Convention, on Psychedelic Initiation and the Ecological Crisis. After it, I held a Q and A with Russell Brand, who came to check it out. The Breaking Convention 2015: 3rd International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness was hosted at the University of Greenwich, 10-12th July, 2015.
I am fascinated by Marc Lanza's Biocentrism hypothesis. He argues that the universe is constructed for biological life and self-aware entities to emerge. A similar theory is put forth by the physicist Amit Goswami in The Self Aware Universe, but without the biological focus: Consciousness evolves more sophisticated vehicles for self-awareness, for the experience of itself.
Revolution is an antiquated term that refers to older political and social arrangements. What we require now is more like a metamorphosis, where we consciously transform our existing infrastructure from within and without, utilising archaic techniques and postmodern technologies to bring about a polar reversal of values and behaviour.