Uncommon Videos of Common Interest
Brian Swimme: "The New Story": A superb video presentation of this new cosmological
Conversations on the Meaning of Life
Robert Wright interviews twenty-one leading thinkers from diverse backgrounds
on questions about science, religion, consciousness and personal meaning. I
was put off at first by Robert's rather cynical, laid-back style, but after watching
most of the interviews, I felt that he had taken on a project of huge scope and
managed to pull it off successfully. He has selected quite a varied but
distinguished group here, which provides considerable food for thought and
indoor recreation for a whole winter.
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The quality of this video is poor but the content is excellent. I think the dialogue is
especially valuable as an example of academia interfacing directly with the
pragmatic, (albeit visionary here), business world. This uneasy dialogue across
boundaries of perspective and experience yields up some rich food for thought!
Stephen Hawking at UC Berkeley, "Strictly Speaking."
Thomas Berry. Caroline Webb interview with Thomas Berry. A former president
of the Club of Rome called Thomas Berry "the wisest man in the world." It was
my great privilege to study Dante's Paradiso with him, as guest teacher in Brian
Swimme's Cosmology of Literature class at CIIS in San Francisco. Father Thomas
Berry was a chaplain during the Second World War and carried a battered copy
of Dante with him to read at night to the soldiers he was assigned to. He is the
author of Dream of the Earth and The Great Work. At 91, he continues to be an
inspiration and I'm grateful to my colleague Caroline Webb for this interview.
(His bio can be found in Wikipedia or click here.)
Jared Diamond at UCSB. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Eckhart Tolle. [NOTE: This section to be updated now that the videos below are no longer available.}
This talk treats a topic which I find particularly important and challenging:
How to respond rather than react to life. Or to put it in another way, "how
to get off the merry-go-round of being shaped purely by reaction to
The transformative power of "moving the pivot" from being centered in the
egoic life to being centered in presence, or what I describe to dreamers as
the greater Self.
I discovered this video after writing the last Indranet newsletter,
"Cosmic Questions," and it beautifully expands on the theme of silence
On the dominating power of negative thought.
Jack Kornfield. "On Meditation and Happiness"
Wayne Dyer: "The Power of Intention" - Part 1
"A Matter of Heart"
It is an internet wonder that this feature film on Jung, which played
in theaters decades ago, is now available here, even as a poor
quality video. By all means, enjoy it! Play it in full screen, by clicking
in the lower right corner. It takes a little while to load properly but
then it smoothes out. Wonderful photos of Jung, interviews with
Marie-Louise von Franz, Laurens Van Der Post and other leading
figures in Jungian thought.
I am very proud of this work, which emanated out of my department
(Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness) at the California Institute of
Integral Studies under the leadership of Prof. David Ulansey with the help of
talented and dedicated students. This is a demo of the final film.
Ken Wilber and Brother Wayne Teasdale in conversation on "The Mystic Heart"
Some rare philosophical humor! Western philosophers meet Monte Python.
"The Power of Myth" Part 1: The Hero's Adventure. Here is the superb
series with Bill Moyers, aired at the end of Campbell's life.
"Life Through Time": A "stunning photographic journey through time and the history of life
on Earth" by photographer Frans Lanting.
Women in Art: This is lovely. Click in the lower right corner to see it Full Screen and turn the
A Course in Miracles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 (On forgiveness) The Course in
Miracles remains a unique phenomenon as a quiet but potent spiritual teaching that came
most unexpectedly to a professor at Columbia's prestigious College of Physicians and
Surgeons and spread--without the usual hype, spin and hoopla--to change the lives of
vast numbers of thoughtful people. It's inspiring story is recounted in this film.
The Dalai Lama at Stanford - November 2005
Chinese Ballet Circus pas de deux troupe du Guangdong
Extraordinary!! Claude Bessy (head of the ballet de l'opéra de paris)introduces:
Chinese Pas de deux to Swan Lake circus performance of very high level!
Performed at the Circus Festival of Monaco. Ballet and gymnastics are remarkably
wed in this performance.
Joel Primack & Nancy Abrams
Spencer Wells ~ The Journey of Man - Part 1;
Buckminster Fuller ~ "Everything I Know"
This is an extraordinary video, filmed in 1975, by one of the great visionaries of the 20th century. Fuller looks
back on the 80 years of his life to summarize the position of the human at the point and make some very
accurate predictions about the future.
Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott details new company initiatives in the areas of U.S.
health care, energy and global sourcing.
Hannah Valantine, M.D. ~ "The Influence of Sex/Gender on Cardiovascular Health" (Stanford Medical School)
The Dalai Lama ~ Superb interview with Charlie Rose
(When you click on this link, you will need to "Select" part 1, 2, or 3. You can also choose a DSL or Cable
Connection by going directly to the site at http://www.myss.com/CMED/media/ and scrolling down.)
I have had radio broadcasts of Rick's talks in the Audio Archive for a while, but have just discovered these
wonderful videos which were taped at Carolyn Myss's CMED center. They are rich with material from St. Theresa
and other mystics, reflections from literature and philosophy, and observations on modern culture woven into a
description of the spiritual crisis of today and Tarnas's prescription for "a way through." He is presenting themes
from his two great books, The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche. Check the Audio archive for
radio interviews with Canadian Talk Show Host Mary Hines and witty astrologer Caroline Casey.
Drilling for Clues in Antarctica - Andrill video
Warren Buffet on Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac and Oil