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On what matters now

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Please click below for the most significant new issues and ideas from around the world and contact us if you'd like our help in creating value from these headlines.

On what may matter in the future

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We bring you the very latest on the trends that may impact us all, over the years and decades to come.

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On what mattered in the past

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Trying to work out which shifts, in which centuries, have really shaped the modern world. a historian identified the 10 leading drivers of change, century by century. ...read more

On Novelty

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...the story of the universe is that information, which I call novelty, is struggling to free itself from habit, which I call entropy... and that this process... is accelerating... It seems as if... the whole cosmos wants to change into information... All points want to become connected... The path of complexity to its goals is through connecting things together... You can imagine that there is an ultimate end-state of that process—it's the moment when every point in the universe is connected to every other point in the universe - Terence McKenna, Workshop in 1998

Listening again to McKenna riffing in the Psychedelic Salon, one wonders what grains of wheat still await unearthing among the beyond-most-of-our-existing-or-desired chaff of someone else's DMT-driven dreams.

Novelist Aldous Huxley started experimenting with mysticism and psychedelics -  first mescaline in 1953, then LSD in 1955. This put Huxley at the forefront of the counterculture’s experimentation with psychedelic drugs, something he documented in his 1954 book, The Doors of Perception. Huxley’s experimentation continued right through his death in November 1963. When cancer brought him to his death bed, he asked his wife (see video) to inject him with “LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular.” He died later that day. Three years later, LSD was officially banned in California.

See also the following (note: Halcyon is in no way advocating the use of any kind of mind-altering substance, merely pointing out thought-provoking further listening, reading and viewing opportunities).

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On Leonard Cohen

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"His voice has aged into a worn-leather bass that, emanating from well-like depths, might pass for the weary voice of God" - from No Cooler Cat Than Cohen by Adrian Chamberlain.

Happy 80th Birthday to Leonard Cohen.

"Leonard Cohen offers the possibility of living with grace, dignity, and integrity, without submitting to illusions, without succumbing to indifference, and without indulging in denial of our own failures and flaws, in a world that is too often corrupt & malevolent" - Allan Showalter

Grateful to once again have had the privilege to see my joint all-time favourite, touring his new(ish) album, in Mönchengladbach on 6th September 2012, and again at his Oberhausen concert on 25th June 2013, during his next/continuing world tour. ...read more