I. International Online Conference
25. - 26. 2. 2021, Online, Zoom

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of books such as: Breaking Open the Head (2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (2006), Notes from the Edge Times (2010), and How Soon Is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation (2017), When Plants Dream: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance (2019). He has been executive director at the Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki. He has written essays and articles for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Art-Forum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, Conscious Living and Dazed & Confused. 

Daniel has also appeared in the documentary based on his book 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim.  He has also launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich in 2007 and co-founded Evolver.net. He has edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, with North Atlantic Books, publishing Charles Eisenstein's Sacred Economics and Jose Arguelles' Manifesto for the Noosphere. He has written the introductions to The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts, and Rainforest Medicine by Jonathan Miller Weisberger and Kathy Glass. Finally, he has hosted Mind Shift, on GaiamTV.



Biosphere, Technosphere, Noosphere
We are in a period of rapid planetary transformation as predicted by many ancient religions and indigenous cultures around the world. Facets of this transformation include: The rapid evolution of technologies connecting humanity into one unified whole while also manipulating, overseeing and controlling us; the recovery of the world's esoteric traditions and the realization that many practices of inner development were the same cross-culturally; a global ecological mega-crisis that will force humanity to either work together as one or fail as a species on the planet; the merging of advanced scientific theory, particularly in quantum physics, with the perennial philosophy of mysticism.

The visionary Jose Arguelles discussed this transition as one that leads from the Biosphere to the Technosphere and then the Noosphere. Arguelles built on the work of Teilhard de Chardin and Vladimir Vernadsky, who looked at life on Earth as a geological and geophysical force reshaping the physical environment of the planet over time.
Through human innovation, we had transitioned from Biosphere, the pristine scenario of life on Earth, to Technosphere, where humanity created a sheath of industry and technology, changing the world in ways both intentional and not. The next stage of our evolution requires our collective mutation into a state of being called Noosphere. The Noosphere is the region or sheath of thought around the Earth. It needs to be consciously realized and activated for humanity to graduate from separation and become one unified whole.

We will consider Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment which sees the demystifying process of the scientifc Enlightenment as the dialectical negation of indigenous animism, potentially leading to a new synthesis in our time.