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+ what inspires us
 
Throughout history, the most exceptional and inventive minds have explored their subconscious and opened themselves to alternative thinking, relying in part on dreams and imagination to solve problems and to create. In doing so, they produced pioneering work in both the arts and sciences, advancing human consciousness and paving the way for further innovation and discovery. As the world becomes increasingly consumed by technology we’re concerned about the impact that this hyper-connectivity will have on us. While unlimited access to information has obvious benefits, it also keeps our mind perpetually locked in ‘active’ thought, stifling our consciousness and hampering our ability to access our imagination and intuition. Seymour Projects exists in part to ensure that we not lose sight of this already tenuous connection to what makes us human.
 
Our ideology draws from a wide variety of different sources but is predominantly inspired by Carl Jung, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nikola Tesla, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the artist Joseph Beuys whose philosophy is elegantly explained: here.
 
The life and work of the following individuals has also been of particular interest to us, we hope they will inspire you too:
 
Alan Watts, Amit Goswami, Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, Alice Miller, Anne Morrow Lindberg, David Bohm, Benoit Mandelbrot, Buckminster Fuller, Carl Rogers, Chip Brown, David Bohm, Dean Radin, PhD, Dr. Elaine Aron, Glenn Gould, Heraclitus, Herman Hesse, J.D. Salinger, Jackson Pollock, Jiddu Krishnamurti, John Cage, John Bradshaw, John Lurie, John. E. Sarno, M.D., J.M. Barrie, Judy Nylon, Kazimierz Dąbrowski, Ken Kesey, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D., Marshall McLuhan, Max Planck, Merce Cunningham, Michael Winkelman, PhD, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Muhammad Ali, Oliver Sacks, M.D., Patti Smith, Pina Bausch, Rabindranath Tagore, Ram Dass, Raymond Moody, Rick Stosser, M.D., Richard Barrett, Robert. S. De Ropp, Rupert Sheldrake, Sheldon B. Kopp, Stanislav Grof, Stephen Hawking, Sturtevant, Terence McNally, Timothy Leary, Virginia M. Axline, Walt Whitman, William James.
 
 
+ links
 
cultivating imagination
 
Prospective Psychology
Boredom- A Good Thing
Exploring Mental Imagery
 
connecting creatives
 
The Concept of the Noosphere
Princeton’s Global Consciousness Project
Morphic Resonance
Collective Unconscious
 
exploring states of consciousness
 
A case for closing your eyes
Surrealism and the subconscious
Carl Jung’s Red Book
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Mind Science Foundation
Sackler Center for Consciousness Research
 
thinking differently about psychedelics
 
Article about Psylocibin from the New York Times
New information about Psylocibin & creativity

Article about Psylocibin from The Washington Post

Scientists take LSD to examine effects on visionary & analytical thinking

Journal of Psychopharmacology- studies available for download

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

 

art brut | outsider art | visionary art

 

What is Art Brut?

What is Visionary Art?

The Museum of Everything

Creative Growth Art Center

Gugging

Collection de L’Art Brut Lausanne

Galerie Christian Berst

American Visionary Art Museum
 
 
 “We are aware of our precarious imbalance: of our persistent and ever-increasing production of power and our inadequacy of purpose; of our critical analytic ability and our creative paucity; of our triumphantly efficient technical education and our ineffective, irrelevant education for values, for meaning, for the training of the will, the lifting of the heart, and the illumination of the mind.” 
 
– Gerald Heard