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Joseph Carlisi
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Born and raised in New York City, he earned BA and MA degrees in Philosophy at Hunter College in New York and then continued his graduate studies in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After ten years as a university lecturer, researcher and administrator, he returned to his deepest interests: painting and writing. He traveled extensively and worked as a writer, photographer, and artist. He started and managed an advertising / public relations firm that handled a wide range of commercial accounts. On the academic side, he published a series of seven articles on animal behavior for Harvard Magazine and two books: “A Guide to Personal Power” and most recently “Playing God on the Eve of Extinction": http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=playing+god+on+the+eve+of+extinction )

In 1994, Carlisi was invited into an intense, close association / apprenticeship with noted shamanic philosopher / anthropologist / author, Carlos Castaneda which endured until his passing in 1998.

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Environmental Collapse and Extinction: The Bright Side

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 12:37 PM

It has always seemed painfully clear, that the human race was on a collision course: incessant war, casual destruction of natural habitats for quick profits, unbridled expansion, overconsumption; an indifferent, rapacious creature, believing itself to be above and outside of nature -- special, superior, made in the image and likeness...

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Extinction Machine* - Drivetrain Mechanism

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:02 PM

In order to even consider shutting down the extinction machine, the mechanism driving it must be identified, analyzed and ultimately, disabled. What are the dynamics underlying the human activity responsible for massive destabilization of the earth's natural, life sustaining balance? Why do people persist in behaving in ways that clearly...

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Extinction Machine: User's Guide

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:35 PM

The one universal law or rule that seems to hold constant in nature is the seeking of balance. All natural systems are in a continuous state of change or process. Adjustment, compensation, contraction, expansion... an infinite number of corrective, balancing actions and reactions continuously unfold in the natural world; the...

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Eve of Extinction?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 7:07 PM

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Evidence pointing to the reality of human caused environmental change is increasingly streaming through global media outlets and information sources. The pitch, volume and intensity are escalating, as are, the actual phenomena being reported. Changes are occurring far more rapidly and severely than...

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Eyes Wide Closed

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:00 PM

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In a recent post appearing in MARKETPLACE, Morning Report, entitled, "Climate change: how to talk about bad news", Sarah Gardner presents the views of some of the nations leading communications and psychology experts on why people seem to not be hearing...

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Noah and the Deal

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:42 PM

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Noah (by Darren Aronofsky) is a powerful movie on several levels. It speaks directly to one of the most deeply ingrained archetypes of human consciousness: wrongdoing, then guilt, followed by punishment... sin, retribution and atonement... wrath of the gods over man's...

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What Do You Believe?

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:19 PM

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A recent Gallup poll indicates that most Americans do not believe that global warming and extreme weather are connected. The March 6-9 poll included 1,048 adults selected randomly from all adults living in the United States.

Chester Davis of Gallup:

A general lack...
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Silence and Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:24 PM

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Have you ever been underwater? You know; scuba diving, snorkeling, just swimming or holding your breath with your head submerged? There are, of course, marvelous sights to see underwater but even with one's eyes shut, it feels really good. It is very quiet....

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See the Forest and the Trees

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:05 AM

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A hideous event surfaced in the international news last week. It touched millions of people around the world and their anger, hurt and outrage flared and resonated throughout the global media sphere. Danish zookeepers killed a healthy baby giraffe with a...

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Where Is the Exit?

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:39 PM

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Seventeen years ago, on a rainy day, I was sitting in a Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles with close associate and fellow traveler, Carlos Castaneda. We had been discussing the near impossibility of, somehow, freeing oneself from the mind . ....

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Terra Nova -- New Earth

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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Awakening is a topic fraught with dilemmas. It resists analysis, but is utterly basic and simple. We thirst for it intensely, yet we are afraid to leave our deep slumber for the awakened state and it cannot be forced.

What exactly...

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How Did It Come to This?

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 6:21 PM

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UN News Center:

19 November 2013 - The world need look no further than the catastrophe in the Philippines to comprehend the profound and dangerous consequences of a warming planet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today . . .

"Climate change threatens current and...

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Terra Nova: New Earth

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 7:06 PM

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Hawaii, where the planet actively creates new land mass on a daily basis... literally new earth.
What better place than Hawaii to base a blog dealing with new perspectives, approaches, tools and paradigms for sustaining a viable, global ecosystem?

The...

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Awakening

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Awakening... becoming aware of our essential self... of our connection to and inclusion in the living tissue of nature is the first step on the path to environmental recovery and the primary focus of this blog. In a very real sense, the denial of man's essential connection to nature paves...

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