- Aeon Magazine
- Rebelle Society
- Sacred Texts
- The Temporary Autonomous Zone – by Hakim Bey
- The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries – A book about the traditional beliefs of my native isle, by Evans-Wentz, best known for The Tibetan Book of The Dead
- Ben Goertzel is one of my favorite thinkers. He's a leading figure in developing artificial intelligence, and doesn't shy away from the implications of his work for philosophy, religion, mysticism etc. Modern, relevant, and ambitious.
- Kheper – The enormously scholarly website of M Alan Kazlev. You get the impression he's been reading and synthesizing different mystical teachers for 40 or 50 years, and he's put it all here.
- Levity – Good collexion of alchemical texts, etc.
- Discordian Library
- Historia Discordia
- 23 Apples of Eris
- Festival 23 – I was at the first-ever Festival 23 in 2016 and it was glorious. It was the first time in the 50-year history of Discordianism that Discordians had gathered together, and it couldn't have gone better. There was magic in the air and I'm curious to see what the organisers do next time.
- Yoism – Yoism is a new religion. I like it a lot of things about it. It is patchwork, reason-loving, utopian, psychedelic, empirical and mystical.
- Cult of The Dead Cow – The archives are a fascinating stylistic salad
- Over 30 translations of the Tao Te Ching. Be sure to check out Addiss & Lombardo's translation.
- Fusion Anomaly
- The First Earth Battalion Field Manual – I first read about this in The Men Who Stare At Goats. Jon Ronson portrays it as ludicrous and superstitious, but that is unfair. It is actually about using Gandhi-style non-violence tactics to win hearts and minds.
- Philip H. Farber's articles – He plays with consciousness
- Lucky Mojo – catherine yronwode's encyclopaedic site on hoodoo (Black American folk magic) etc. Includes a section on Aleister Crowley and one on sex.
- Win Wenger has a lot of good ideas about cognitive enhancement, creativity, imagination, critical thought etc. If he had marketed himself better he would have been huge.
- Reality Carnival lets you explore the mind of Cliff Pickover. Very entertaining and often mind-blowing.
- Dancing With The Gods – a fantastic essay on one man's personal involvement with magick. One of the best things I've read on magick.
- Everything I know – The famous lecture series by Saint Buckminster Fuller, on Internet Archive.
- The Hedonistic Imperative – too extreme to agree with, too logical to disagree with. He proposes abolishing suffering in all sentient beings by radically restructuring their brains with nanotechnology etc. Who could disagree with that? The site spans an array of enviable domain names, including psychedelics.com
- Bureau Of Public Secrets is an archive of Situationist texts. Who said political theory shouldn't be funny?
- Brainsturbator – Now-dormant blog of Justin Boland. He is a fine writer, and the stuff he writes about is worth being interested in.
- Essays, art etc. by Owsley 'the bear' Stanley – the cook responsible for... well he was responsible for a lot!
- John S Moore writes poetry, and papers on Nietzsche, Crowley etc.
- Ego Death and Self-Control Cybernetics – I don't know if I dare attempt a one-line summary of this site.
- The website of James Fadiman – an advocate and researcher for psychedelics. Enthusiastic and still prudent, scientific and still mystic. He rightly says that people have neglected the interesting effects of mini-doses of psychedelics.
- The Heretic – an article that starts with an experiments on using LSD to blast through creative roadblocks, and wanders on to the warring philosophies behind the psychedelic controversy. A 30-minute read.
- IAO 131 – about Thelema in the modern world.
- Some of Alan Watts' lectures enhanced by the animators of South Park
- Andrew Newberg – This guy's great. He does research into the neuroscience of mysticism, but he's not out to debunk it, nor to fawn over it.
- Anandavala – Run by a beautiful mind called John Ringland.
- The Abrahadabra Institute – occult symbol-manipulating
- Heterodoxology looks at magick with just the right balance of respect and skepticism
- Timothy Leary Archives
- RAW illumination
- RA Wilson Fans – A good stock of essays to be found here
- The Mars Underground – Documentary about Robert Zubrin, who has a plan to go to Mars for $20bn and set up camp there
- Singularity University videos – Detailed videos by the bishops of Singularitarianism: Andrew Hessel of the diocese of synthetic biology, Aubrey de Grey of the diocese of superlongevity, etc.
- Fractal foundation
- LSD: My Problem Child – the full book by Saint Albert Hofmann
- George Monbiot's website
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – The next time you feel depressed or pessimistic – remember that 2.4 billion of us have free access to the complete works of Shakespeare. How bad can the world be?
- Burtoniana has lovingly archived the complete (or nearly complete) works of Sir Richard Francis Burton.
- Is Depression an Inflammatory Disorder? – An actionable, unorthodox, and convincing perspective on one of the biggest monsters in our world. Also a beautiful example of scientific writing.
- Every Frame a Painting – A youtube series that shows you the artistic techniques in movies that you never knew you noticed
- Ramsey Dukes youtube channel
- Oglaf – Sexy jokes
- Cyanide & Happiness – Dark jokes
- Overcoming Bias – Robin Hanson is such a clear thinker that it's a pleasure to watch his mind at work
- Quantum Tantra
- Secret Transmissions
- The Well of Galabes
- The Archdruid Report
- Toward Ecosophy
- Vivekananda.org – Reproduces the works of Swami Vivekanada, one of the most clear-sighted and commonsensical teachers of yoga.
- Sri Aurobindo Ashram freely offers nearly all the works of Sri Aurobindo, including The Synthesis of Yoga. Aurobindo's was a truly innovative mind that (successfully in my opinion) undid the gaps between East and West, and worldly work and transcendence.
Burmese Theravada Buddhism
- Dharma Overground – a very action-oriented forum (where I sometimes post under my own name). Linked to Integrated Daniel, where you can download Mastering The Core Teachings of The Buddha, which is essentially the core textbook of the Dharma Overground community.
- Practical Insight Meditation by Mahasi Sadayaw is a 12 page booklet (in pdf format) offering a no-nonsense technique for getting enlightened.
- Access to Insight – The Buddhist canon in English
- AdCiv – A well thought-out plan for inventing a new world that works for all. Doing what Bucky said: inventing a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
- CS.org – Cultural Survival is a group that fight for the rights of indigenous peoples whose lifestyles are threatened by bigger power structures. They've had some amazing successes.
- The Original Affluent Society – a classic essay by Marshall Sahlins about what wealth is, what scarcity is, and what abundance is. This changed my thinking. A 25-30-minute read.
- Why Socialism? – an essay by some guy name Einstein. He makes some great points.
- Kropotkin's essay on Anarchism – From the 1910 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
- Schneier on Security – practical advice for fighting government surveillance
- Swarmwise – a book about group action written by the founder of The Pirate Party
- Electronic Freedom Frontier
- Open Secrets is a well-researched database showing things like which corporations contributed to which political candidates in the USA, and which human beings moved between government, business, and regulatory boards. Lots of data exposing the business-government relationship in that country.
- The World as Free-Fire Zone – An anonymous whistleblower revealed that a certain country's military were sending robots into neutral countries to carry out murders and kill bystanders in the process. Most of those killed were not identified targets; just people who were acting suspiciously.
- The Intercept – Adversarial, investigative journalism. Co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Snowden story. Also had some other high-quality leaks, like the Drone Papers
- privacytools.io – Practical ways to stop corporate-government powers using you
- Surveillance Self-Defense – Another practical guide on stopping corporate-government powers using you
- PRISM Break – Another practical guide on stopping corporate-government powers using you
- The Tin Hat – Guides and explanation of technology from a cypherpunk perspective
- n-o-d-e.net – Guides and explanation of technology from a cyberpunk perspective
- The Complete Privacy & Security Podcast
- Falkvinge on Infopolicy
- Just Security
- Empire Files
- Anki is an impressive piece of software. It tests you on flashcards, to help you memorize things. It works on Linux, Mac, Windows, Android and Apple mobile devices. It works with any kind of content – audio, text, picture, video.
- Coursera is a great online school.
- Khan Academy – Salman Khan is a Human Being doing the Right Thing.
- Fluent in Three Months – Is Éireanneach é Benny Lewis agus is féider lei aon-déag teanga a labhairt. Deir sé, i ngceart, go tá sé tábhachtach a labhairt go leor le cainteoirí dúchais, agus go tá an comhthéacs cultúrtha tábhachtach; ní féidir a fhoghlaim ó leabhair.
- Fluent Forever – Spaced repetition seems to be something everyone can agree on. The interesting thing about this method is the emphasis on not translating to your native language, using pictures instead. His base vocabulary list is great. His method might understate the importance of real-world practice.
- Kiva gathers small donations for partner organizations that lend to entrepreneurs
- Zafèn is basically Kiva for Haïti
- Verite sou Tanbou (meaning 'truth on a drum'), is the blog of two of the most extraordinary people I know, who work on development in Haïti
- cd3wd is a huge collexion of technical information for development. It is easy on bandwidth, which anyone who has worked in a poor country will appreciate. Topics covered include farming, food processing, stoves, refrigeration, water, sanitation, biofuels, first aid, metalworking, woodworking. Includes copies of Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist.
I agree with Zappa that "writing about music is like fishing about architecture". There is a library at: pastebin dot com/raw.php?i=T4JqsJ8p
Health & fitness
- John Berardi's site. I like that John Berardi is very results-oriented and has a lot of real-world experience. You can get his book Experiments With Intermittent Fasting free here on his website.
- Clarence Bass – Clarence Bass is a stand-up guy who wants you to be healthier. He offers excellent advice on how to do this: with one set to exhaustion.
- Pavel Tsatsouline is a stand-up guy who wants you to be healthier. He offers excellent advice on how to do this: with many sets avoiding exhaustion like the plague. See the library for some of his books.
- thebear – Yep, the same bear, Owsley Stanley, also has something to say about diet and exercise
- Ross Enamait – Ross Enamait reminds me that enthusiasm and hard work trump intricate knowledge.
- Sandow Plus – A perfect website in its own small way. Health and fitness books from the Golden Age of Victorian strongmen lovingly reproduced in full.
- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price. Published in 1938. A survey of the health of people living pre-industrial lifestyles.
- Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet – I like the way this guy doesn't make excessive claims; he lays out the evidence and admits there is uncertainty, but not so much uncertainty that we can't make smart choices.
- Ketogenic diets and Physical Performance. An exemplary research paper that discovered how to make a carnivorous diet work.
- Beast Skills. A cool site about bodyweight strength training.
- Drills and skills. One of the few sites on the web with actual content on gymnastics.
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- Stadion. If there was nothing to life but flexibility training, Thomas Kurz would be king of the world.
- Peak Performance Online. Extensive scientific material
- Sports Coach. As above
- Home page of Fred Hatfield, the man who squatted 1007lbs even though his legs are kinda skinny.
- Strength Cats
- Louie Simmon's famous Westside Barbell Club
- Mike Mahler. Good information when he's not trying to sell you things.
- Standards, how strong is strong?: [a], [b], [c], [d]
- Lyle McDonald
- Inhuman Experiment – an ordinary fella doing self-experiments on his health
- John Gill's website