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.
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.
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.