The Hefter Research Institute conducts research of the highest scientific quality with psychedelic substances in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind, leading to the improvement of the human condition, and the alleviation of suffering. You'll need an Acrobat Reader to access the full version of their journal online.
In a piece entitled "Creativity, Healing and Shamanism", Carlisle Bergquist, MA, Ph.D.c. brings wonder to the mix. This essay will chronicle events witnessed on this journey. Many of the events described occur in what I can only describe as magical time. I understand that satori experienced by reading is a transitory state, but it sure is fun. Good reading!
Roberto Assagioli, the developer of psychosythesis, here points out that: "One notices a strange paradox in the fact that, while there is an abundance of evidence pointing to the existence of this higher sphere obtained by men and women of every age and place, it has been the object of little and largely unsatisfactory scientific research." in his essay Transpersonal Inspiration.
Cambridge has a new supercomputer and a very comprehensive web site dedicated to cosmology.
Within the galaxy of universal study also lies the Grand Challenge Cosmology Consortium or GC3*.
Triangulum is the only geometric shape among the Greek and Roman constellation figures. Alexandria is "a meeting place for people interested in ancient and modern cosmological speculation and what the humanities have to contribute to contemporary life."
Here is a criticism of the Theist logic:
2.The universe began to exist.
3.Therefore, the universe has a cause.
Ken Wilber's statement "That the ultimate state, you can never attain, because you literally have never left it.", neatly sums things up.
Apart from references to the arousal of kundalini in ancient documents and modern writings on the subject, there has been no objective demonstration of the phenomenon in recent times. Here's an in-depth look at the physical aspects of cosmic consciousness.
The Sonoma County Free Press presents a few case profiles illustrating the the reckless and callous mistreatment of youth by the criminal injustice system.
MAI is, in short, a planetary power-grab of unprecedented proportions--far more aggressive than any mere nuclear attack. If it goes through, among other things corporations will be able to sue governments and strike down national laws deemed to be in restraint of international trade. Spider Robinson now does a column for The Globe and Mail; and here pleads for help in stopping the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
The evolving species that we are could be called Homo Hypersapiens (you heard it here first folks). We are both over- and super-intelligent. Over-intelligent in that we have largely lost our understanding in favour of knowledge, super-intelligent in that our knowledge can be applied to creation of new understanding. Evolution happens to individuals. Here we are.
Islands of consciousness.
Here's another mind-bending postulation by Max Tegmark. In this paper, it is suggested that most of this (the universe's) information is merely apparent, as seen from our subjective viewpoints, and that the algorithmic information content of the universe as a whole is close to zero.
I spent some of my early years living in England and remember the "bobbies" as polite, helpful and unarmed. Reading this report to the European Parliament titled "AN APPRAISAL OF TECHNOLOGIES OF POLITICAL CONTROL", one comes across this tidbit: What has changed in more recent times is (i) the increasing requirement for speed in breaking down prisoners' resistance; (ii) the adoption of sophisticated methods based on a scientific approach and (iii) a need for invisible torture which leaves no or few marks which might be used by organisations like Amnesty International to label a particular government a torturing state.
By way of Bubble Chamber, and the edge, here is a list of the greatest inventions of the last two thousand years.
DNA is a good conductor of electricity, according to research done at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and may even have wiring applications. Well jeez, I feel pretty well wired already....
Kurt Vonnegut brings his unique view to the millenium celebration in this article. And then the stinking past will go down the toilet of history.
"Shadow of the Swastika" is a follow-up to my earlier work, "Cannabis Hemp: the Invisible Prohibition Revealed," which I wrote and published in support of the Galbraith Campaign. Read it, and weep.
To fully immerse myself in the mid-week "can we be serious for a moment" state, I finally got down and read the full text of this Warning to Humanity.
The RetroPsychoKinesis Project, exploring what is otherwise known as "backwards time causality" or retrocausality, says that information can be transfered from the future to the past. Rupert Sheldrake comments: I think that many of the problems we have come from a too narrow scientific paradigm or model of reality which creates a split between the mind of educated people and their feelings and experience.
Which begs the question "why did the tachyon cross the road?" answer
Max Tegmark asks Is "the theory of everything'' merely the ultimate ensemble theory? Whereupon he blows my mind with his vision...going to take more than one reading to grok this.
Marvin Minski writes an afterword to Victor V's "True Names" and comes to the conclusion that intelligent software is the key: When we finally discover how to make intelligent programs, the task of building the machines for them to inhabit will very likely be a problem already solved.
The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own particular ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours. William James
I suppose it was appropos that immediately after watching excerpts from the CBC program "Witness", I came across this on-line book; thanks to memepool. Sanity will prevail; though my minds' back seat driver keeps harping about "being lost and how we can't read the map correctly if it's upside down."
The economic system founded on isolation is a circular production of isolation. "The Society of the Spectacle" by Guy Debord is a remarkable exposition of the modern individuals separative existance. The capitalists' creed could be: "utterly divide for total conquest".
Oft quoted, but seldom correctly, this review takes another look. By far Debord's most famous work, Society of the Spectacle lies somewhere between a provocative manifesto and a scholarly analysis of modern politics. Note the "anti-copyright".
Well, sheesh, I got the flu! Being able to blame it on the tourists provides little comfort, though perhaps some projective satisfaction.
Needless to say, my chemical senses are not up to snuff(le).
I think we are today in a time of very exciting re-evaluation of both sexuality and spirituality. Rianne Eisler brings the Tantric view to the Christian sense-ability.
Dr. Frank Meno is convinced that the aether is a concept that has validity. Yes, aether, but this one is Lorentz invariant, and therefore the Michelson-Morley experiment does not invalidate its existence; on the contrary, it yields a correct model for the photon. From a quick read it seems to me that would imply a fundamental resistance to hyper-velocities; I hope I'm wrong.
Since winter is coming (here) I thought perhaps a look at the weather in my neck of the woods might interest you. Don't be smug, now!
This small monograph is not an exposition of new facts or theories, but an invitation to look at known facts and theories from another point of view, with new, different, integrating purpose. The seven features of all world views; and an invitation to keep an eye on the whole while investigating the parts.
Ben Goertzel presents his e-book "Wild Computing, Steps Toward a Philosophy of Internet Intelligence" And I take it for granted that computer programs can be conscious -- ignoring the "problem" of computer consciousness just as I ignore the "problem" of human consciousness every day, as I interact with other humans.
I do think that (this is a 140k download link)"Fred", my hard drive psychologist, is smarter than many human ones I have met.
The Traveling Wilburys sang about it and the European Parliament debated it; but is it real? Perhaps this spam-a-lot effort will shed some light; or at least cause Big Brother Dispepsia. Dare I mention the name Echalon? NSA? Oh dear, someone's at the door.....
To fuel my parnoia further, I learned how to perform some of the more rudimentary subterfuges. Of course, what we know about is already obsolete.
Coming back to a wholeness of being, in which there is no fear, is a relief. Tim Leary to the rescue with an essay entitled The Eternal Philosophy of Chaos
Thanks very much to jjg.net for listing me in the weblog nation (TM) section of the page of only weblogs.
This paper is intended as a focal article to raise philosophical issues about the nature of memes and memetic theory. John S Wilkins presents a good backgrounder, and I especially found his table of the analogues between biological and cultural entities and processes, clarified my view.
While I have a healthy love of freeware, it is not the general point of this site. I feel I must pass on this new discovery however, in the hope that it brings you as much downloading joy as it has me.
Proxomitron is a free power-user's tool that provides a great deal of control over how you want the Web brought to your desktop. You're telling me! This thing is great; seamless operation and increased speed for those of us on a telephone line. My *N* browser doesn't crash anymore!
Now here's an honest obituary. Unfortunately this type of behavior on the part of American, Canadian and, undoubtedly, other "intelligence" agencies continues unabated.
And now that you are sufficiently paranoid you can take a spin at an individualized conspiracy theory. Perhaps yours actually comes frighteningly close to the truth.
As an aside to my regular delivery of trans-cent-dental connexions, I would urge you, Dear Reader, to browse the links from the earlier days of this "'blog" (as so coined by 'Peterme'); or as I prefer to call it, temporalized serendipity . Our lifefull spaceship, adrift in an ethereal sea, is gaining a global intelligence. Pay attention, be amazed.
Culture jamming is one of the means available to the dedicated transculturist, and here is the Culture Jammers' Encyclopedia.
I really like the idea of Tranquility Time. It's easy to understand and more sensible for the current age; and is based on a precisely dateable event.
In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. ... There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. Mark Twain
Bad Astronomy is a refreshing break, and a great way to teach I think - hmm - disproving anti-facts? Thanks Memepool.
Did you ever want to change the K in "Keefer St." to an R? How about make Sony "Sorry"? The Billboard Liberation Front has a complete guide to the art and science of memetic re-engineering.
Have a little fun and help out research at Berkley by taking this personality test. Me?? I tend to be original, creative, curious, complex, disorganized, undependable, negligent, introverted, reserved, inhibited, quiet, good natured, sympathetic, forgiving, nervous, high-strung and insecure. Then I went to The Personality Project where research in personality ranges from analyses of genetic codes and studies of biological systems to the study of sexual, social, ethnic, and cultural bases of thought, feelings, and behavior. Now, how many psychologists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Does your brain need a stretch ? Have a go at the Cosmogonicon On-Line. A paradigm shift is when an alternative meme takes the place of a dominant meme within the ultraparadigm.
The Alan Watts forum is a good place to get involved with discussion of fundamental issues.