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Behind the Revolving Door: The Arms Pushers is a CounterPunch essay that illuminates the autoinfective disease within the ranks of those ostensibly hired to protect us.
"It's impossible to determine how fast the revolving door is now spinning because at the request of the Pentagon, Congress in February of 1996 repealed the law that mandated such reporting, a move that apparently was never noticed by the mainstream press."
Gaze into the screen, but watch what you think. A useful tool or the ultimate control mechanism? New Technological Windows into Mind raises many questions.
"At this new phase in the evolution of computer technologies it will be possible to take into account not just some statistical characteristics of human beings, but create technical systems sensitive to a broad spectrum of actual states and intentions of a person. We are going to discuss -- and to demonstrate -- some of these perspectives concentrating on the following domains: brain imaging methods and, particularly, eye movement research."
Generality, Modularity and then Fluidity: A Review of Stephen Mithen, The Prehistory of the Mind is a masterful summation by Thomas E. Dickins of this important work.
"I am inclined to treat the detail of this structure with caution but it deserves serious attention and will generate much future research."
The rediscovery of the human mind is a paper by Rom Harré that explores the revolutions in psychological sciences and their underlying assumptions.
"There are no 'facts of the matter' in some domain of enquiry that are independent of the method and instruments of enquiry and of the concepts that are used in that enquiry. This is as true of physics as it is of psychology."
We are indeed on a proto-transcultural course, but I have my doubts about getting beyond the polymemetic capitalist metaweb which has its own imposserous growth paradigm.
"The present era, which seems to have begun with the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, needs to be redefined, probably in terms of "proto-" rather than "post-."

Do not expect the Theory of Options to help your investment strategy, but it does give a credible account of how we evolved into moral, "free" creatures.
"The Theory of Options provides an elegant solution to the dualism issue, based not on rationalistic argument but the neurology of the brain. Dualism maximizes the options of acquiring knowledge, and evolved during human emergence."
Meme Storage in DNA, superbly elucidated by Douglas C. Klimesh, seeks to bridge the dichotomies inherant between culture and nature. Combine this view with the Theory of Options above and ...?
"This theory also supports the idea of multiple copies of a gene in the genome where the exon is the same, but the introns are different. So there would be different instructions expressed from a particular gene at different times."
If you are not familiar with The Tokhis brothers or Terence Burke, Stewart Tendler and David May provide an enlightening flashback, an honest set, and some bizarre settings in The Brotherhood of Eternal Love - From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture.
"The book became a story of fallen idealism, a modern morality play, peopled not only with psychedelic ideologues but with terrorists, criminal entrepreneurs and those who walk on the wilder shores of life."
We can be responsible for putting a stop to the madness that goes by the name of the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act of 1999. It provides for suspension of the right to free speech, co-opts all government departments to co-operate, and many other minatory edicts.
"Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the head of each department, agency, and establishment of the Federal Government shall, in consultation with the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, place antidrug messages on appropriate Internet websites controlled by such department, agency, or establishment which messages shall, where appropriate, contain an electronic hyperlink to the Internet website, if any, of the Office."

evacuate & flush, whose webber obviously injests quality quantities of fine reading material before excreting his composed manna for our edification, led me to Idle Theory. Subtitled Life Does the Least, I couldn't agree more.
"Morality and Law - morally right actions are those which increase human idleness. Laws are enforced rules of thumb."
His Kennyness also forwarded me to *media in the message mess-age*, which contains a compendium of writings by varied luminaries.

Differences in Efficacy Among Currently Available SSRI's is not a clear and concise overview of what's in the Dr.'s bag to deal with our culture's dysphoric victims. Clearly unsatisfactory and concisely confused, this kind of cottonwool begs the question of why, with all the uncertainty, unwanted effects and frequent inefficacy of both TCA's and SSRI's, entheogens are not a mainstay in our psychopharmacy. Hallucinogenic Drugs in Psychiatric Research and Treatment: Perspectives and Prospects
"Because they have different pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties, further research might spur differences in usage patterns."
Spectral Mindustries, Purveyors of Fine Thinks, features Richard Glen Boire whose writings are manifestos for mindividuals who dare to declare their minds their own.
"Something could bump the social kaleidoscope and suddenly an entirely new social pattern will snap into place. In that model, we'll all find ourselves either sitting in small cinderblock prison cells, or living in an almost unimaginably nice place which embraces knowledgeable entheogen use."
Martin de Jong and Hans Cees Speel have crept through the jungle of administration, and emerged to describe Mimicry and camouflage in organisation life; The art and craft of getting the money you don't deserve.
"Selection in biology and selection in economics and political science have more things in common than the totally different terminologies in these disciplines seem to suggest.

The Variability of the 'Fundamental Constants' is a fascinating exploration by Rupert Sheldrake of what we take for granted. Do not underestimate the gravity of this anthropic principle's principal conundrums.
"From around 1928 to 1945, the velocity of light appeared to be about 20 km/s lower than before and after this period."
Before being able to call into question the tenets, one must have a feel for the field. For what has become a fundamental cognitive constant, The Evolutionary Psychology FAQ provides meat to put over the fire of investigation.
"Evolutionary psychologists are betting that cognitive structure, like physiological structure, has also been designed by natural selection to serve survival and reproduction."
The Anatomy of a Trauma gives the eight steps to understand and track old feelings that erupt into the present. This paradigm takes the mystery out of the result of a serious blow to the psyche. Such as growing up believing that you are special, talented, unique; and then finding out that in fact "dogsbody" more accurately describes the scene.

Perhaps Burying Freud would be a better idea.
"Freud does 'not so much sexualize the realm of the intellect as intellectualize the realm of the sexual'- by reducing it to abstract categories, and so separating clean mind from dirty body, lifting Man out of Nature by favoring abstraction over incarnation."
I think that if we all, personally, take the bullshit by the bollocks, there is hope. Peter A. Zuckerman's Beyond the Holocaust: Survival or Extinction? A Survival Manual for Humanity.
"Only the fearless can look into the eye of the tiger and still come away unvanquished. This is what I am asking the reader to do."

How Can New Interactive Communication Technology Enhance Harmonious and Functional Communities at all Scales Worldwide? Society, Cyberspace and the Future, collated from a workshop held in '95, is instructive both in it's deep enquiry and in reflective relevance.
"In this report, we visualize both potentially positive and negative effects on communities and identify specific near-term actions and policies which can enhance broad, informed participation in content-rich networks in the future."
Theories of the Aether, or more descriptively Articles relating to the Emergence of Scientific Theories of the Cosmic Aether, is a collation on a truly grand, utterly fundamental scale. From Aethro-Kinematics to the Michaelson-Morley Misinterpretation, these dissident views may embody truth.
"I consider it quite possible that physics cannot be based on the field concept, i.e., on continuous structures. In that case, nothing remains of my entire castle in the air, gravitation theory included, [and of] the rest of modern physics."
Einstein, to his dear friend M. Besso, in 1954
The Farce of Physics is an e-book by Bryan G. Wallace inspired by Capra's Tao of Physics that explores inconsistencies in current physical understanding.
"Mathematics forms the foundation of the technical jargon that the average physicist uses to confuse the issues and enhance his status by over publishing his work."
Kenneth Eisold reviews Unfree Associations: Inside Psychoanalytic Institutes, or Life Among the Analysts. Physician, steal my self.
"This extraordinary book is a labour of love and of rage."

An examination of the relationship between two giants of physics, Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein (and Bohr), is ably presented by Gerald Holton.
"In that last talk, Heisenberg, two years before his death, had his final encounter with the person whom he had once called his Vorbild, his model; the person who for good and ill had unknowingly been the cause both of deep insights and of fierce insults throughout Heisenberg's scientific and personal life; and whose acceptance Heisenberg had sought again and again, always in vain."
Often the review is a much more insightful read than the original work. This is the case with Ralph Metzner's look at The Voice of the Earth by Theodore Roszak.
"Rather the book is a wide-ranging treatise on the philosophical and psychological assumptions and value-biases that underlie 20th century psychiatry and all of the rest of contemporary culture as well."
In a telling refutation of transparency, and an urgent call to redouble vigilance, here is Time in the Shadows of Anonymity: Fighting Against Surveillance Cameras, Transparency, and Global Capitalism. Brought to you by the good folks of the Surveillance Camera Players.
"To advance a theory of transparency, one must, unfortunately, first clear the air of the stench of the widely and well-reviewed piece of shit entitled The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? (New York: Addison-Wesley 1998), which was written by David Brin, a science-fiction novelist and staunch defender of capitalism and the State."
Robert Connell Clarke goes beyond the pale to bring a much needed guidebook to the budding world of cannabis cultivation. Marijuana Botany An Advanced Study: The Propagation and Breeding of Distinctive Cannabis is essential reading for those lucky souls able to arouse this tall, erect, annual herb.
"Many factors contribute to determining the sexuality of a flowering Cannabis plant."

I could not possibly add a whit of descriptive wit to these extraordinary works - so go through the looking glass and Threesmallize within MU27, get a view of Money that may change your perceptual baseline, grok Insights into the Essence or Ground of life; enter the Churches of Infinite Insight. Have a great Sunday, Dear Readers.

Alexander Esih Muvrin -- Grand Unified MU27 Theory of the Universe
"The geometry of our Grand Unified MU-27 Theory connects us to here and there and now and then. It is a transeunt four plus seven-dimensional map of our rationally comprehended objective reality, where the concept of extended matter is fully integrated with the concept of space-time - eliminating the existence of a space composed of points. As such, it allows us to intuit, imagine, discover, observe, predict and study things and events that are possible - to visually, empirically and rationally explore their essence and existence."
Money as tool, money as drug: The psychology of a strong incentive
"We argue, therefore, that as well as being an efficient Tool, money also acts as a Drug, and in particular that its incentive power depends partly on the human instincts for reciprocal altruism and object play - at least: there may well be other instinctive systems that money can also parasitize."
The Center of the Universe -- by William S. Moxley
"It is perfectly natural that man himself should be the most unintelligible part of the universe."
Alan Watts
A Meditation on Mystical Union Using System Dynamics, leading to: A formalized integration of science and religion...
"All of my work is leading to an understanding of the meaning of our existence, discussed in Section III. This is attained by cracking the code underlying the game of life: To know what drives the dance of life."
Thanks yet again to ghost rocket for leading me to an important story. Portugal legalises drug use.


Networdz is a free game exactly like Scrabble!!, and yet of course being exactly like Scrabble would be to infringe on the Scrabble trade name, and since Scrabble corporation (adipose tissue) would likely have paroxysms; this is not-Scrabble.

Lloyd Fell and David Russell search for a transobjective approach to grokking reality. The Dance of Understanding
"Thus we are regarding understanding as an experience which happens to us rather than an entity which exists separately from us and yet we also say we can observe that it has happened."
Fresh from the Anuses (ed.sic) of Internal Medicine we are flushed with Medicinal Applications of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol and Marijuana.

The groovers at the National Academy of Sciences take a boo at skunk: Executive Summary, Marijuana And Medicine, Assessing the Science Base
"Recommendation 1: Research should continue into the physiological effects of synthetic and plant-derived cannabinoids and the natural function of cannabinoids found in the body. Because different cannabinoids appear to have different effects, cannabinoid research should include, but not be restricted to, effects attributable to THC alone."
So much research to do, so few doing it....Dr Elphick, Cannabinoid signalling
"Although putative endogenous ligands for CB1 receptors in the brain have been identified (anandamide and 2-AG), it is not known how and where these molecules are synthesised at (the) biochemical and cellular level, respectively."

I think I've got it, by Jove! The real conspiracy is between the butter folks and the firearms industry. Study Suggests Link Between Cholesterol, Violent Suicide.
"While the researchers found no link between cholesterol level and nonviolent suicides, they did find one between cholesterol level and violent suicides, and it was one of high serum cholesterol."
Going from banned taste to bad perceptiveness, as in good, Conscious Dreaming and Controlled Hallucinations offers a course in autoneuromanipulation.
"After some weeks or months of such training you will have your first conscious dream, in the second phase of your exercise, that is, in the early morning. You will remember it as an extraordinary experience as you will discover that reality is only made of perceptions."
Moving in an ever more profoundly obtuse direction, Cheryl Welsh tells us U.S. and Soviet Scientists Have Developed the Key to Consciousness for Military Purposes. How The U.S. Government Won the Arms Race to Control Man. A documentary with quotes by leading scientists, professionals and several independent sources.
"This book will present the basic scientific theory of the brain code as described by scientists. And it will give examples of the development of this technology and how it could be hidden from the U.S. public."
I usually avoid recommending pop-up ad hosted sites (though one doesn't even notice when using the Proxomitron), but this truly lively exchange is an exception that makes the rule.
The Nature of Reality
(About Reality, Virtual Reality and In-Between)
Roberto Calvo Macias and Dr. Sam Vaknin
"As usual, your letter is a feast of erudition disguised as ignorance dipped in provocation."

There's nothing like a good mystery, but an abstract is no set for placing enigmas that cannot be consummated. Eros in the Elevator? A real-life forensic medical puzzle.

An idea coming to fruition in the jungle of Guatemala looks to be a great response to the conflicting pressures of creating a community that is beautiful, functional, efficient, productive and sustainable. Iximché Agrotourism Institute of Macanché could also be adapted to a temperate climate, hemp-based culture.
"...you are in an autonomous community that provides not only its own food, but its own power and its own textile fibers as well -- all from agroforestry resources on-site or from the rain, the wind, the rivers, the lakes and the sun."
Righting the World's Mistakes: An Interview with Hazel Henderson
"The fundamental issue is the very economic model underlying today's globalization of technology trade and markets. The critics, from many diverse perspectives, agree that "free trade" which does not account for social and environmental costs and cultural disruption in the price of traded goods and services, will continue to cause more harm than good."
Joanna L. Mountain, whose main field of interest is human population genetics, brings us up to date on Human Evolutionary Genetics.
"With the results of these simulations in mind, we can state that the regional groups (Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe) have been isolated from one another for at least 25,000 years. Populations within these regions appear to have been isolated for shorter periods of time."
How likely are chance resemblances between languages? Well, let's see...hmm...
"We simply have no great intuitive feel for probabilities. Most people's eyes glaze over when you start talking about the chances of the chances of r events among n objects over t trials with a single event probability of p."

The declarations of ethical spying behavior made by CIA Director George J. Tenet and NSA Director Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden are disingenuous at best. CIA & NSA on ECHELON does not inspire confidence with it's denials, nor trust with it's omissions - such as information sharing among allies that skirts each other's domestic policies.
"There is a rigorous regime of checks and balances which we, the CIA, the NSA and the FBI, scrupulously adhere to whenever the conversations of US persons are involved, directly or indirectly."
The quantum leap from qualia to quality is thoroughly elucidated in Consciousness: network-dynamical, informational and phenomenal aspects.
"Thus, the aim of the article is to present a broad overview of multi-level aspects of consciousness."
The Revolutionary League, Philosophy by Numbers detonates the thoughts of Carcerian Juan [not his real name], (who) speaks of the Politics of Anarchy. This explosion of unique verbiage really wricks my linguistic churl.
" 'Anarchy' is something of a dirty word these days in the Cage, used by Hardheads to denote anything that's against their creed, and Guvners to mean anyone who disagrees with their Laws. But it ain't like that, cutter."
Is Philosophy Dead?
"I bring the non-news that, as usual, neither our successes nor our failures are at an end."

Investigations with Serotonin and Hallucinogenic Agents finds that research confirms anecdotal evidence from users of psychoactives. Unfortunately, many non-human psychonauts were burnt-out as a result of these bestial studies.
"Continued studies with MDMA and related agents convinced us to agree with Nichols. There was something different - something special - about MDMA."
Peter F. Drucker takes a slightly pre-web look at The Age of Social Transformation.
"The function of government and its functioning must be central to political thought and political action. The megastate in which this century indulged has not performed, either in its totalitarian or in its democratic version. It has not delivered on a single one of its promises."
Further to, and more recently than the above, the same wise Drucker examines The Global Economy and the Nation-State.
"The rules of total war are so firmly established by now that most people take them to be akin to laws of nature. With missiles, satellites, and nuclear weapons, there can be no return to the nineteenth-century belief that the military's first task is to keep war away from the country's civilians. In modern war, there are no civilians.
What can be most fervently hoped for is The End of Work - The Decline of the Global Labor Force and The Dawn of the Post-Market Era, as this compilation of quotes from Jeremy Rifkin's book clearly illustrate.
"We are, indeed, experiencing a great historic transformation into a Third Industrial Revolution and heading inexorably toward a nearly workerless world."

The Social Life of Information is certainly more interesting than mine.

Wilfred Dolsma asks the question How Will the Music Industry Weather the Globalization Storm? and comes to a rather surprising conclusion.
"Musicians may indeed see their financial situations improve in the future, with greater sales and publicity thanks to new technologies."
hug a musician today
Fear not the big picture, nor the rather wordy title, as this essay is a clear exposition of our species current dire situation; and an invitation to resolution. Esoteric Anthropology: "Devolutionary" and "Evolutionary" Orientations in Perennial Philosophy
"One consequence of this modern spiritual dead-end is a reaction which has taken the form of a flourishing anti-intellectualism manifested in superstitious techniques to ward off fears, in naive fundamentalism, and in authoritarian cults."
Gerard K. O'Neill provides ample argument that we are alone, but this does not mean we need despair our solitude. Space Colonization and SETI is the subject of this interview conducted by John Kraus for Cosmic Search Magazine.
"We have just barely, within the past few decades, just a microsecond on the cosmic time scale, arrived at the point where we are able to use radio communication. Within at most another few decades, another microsecond, we'll be able to spread throughout the entire galaxy. We happen to be poised just on that knife edge between the two. That gives us a strange and, I think, a very distorted view of what's practical and possible."

The Drug War Clock measures our cultural demise in many ways, all pointing to an ethical oblivion.

I think I lost control of my neurochemical sphincter in perusing Chemical Hallucinations, Mind Control, and Dr. Jose Delgado.
"Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain." Despite Dr. Delgado's outlandish statements before Congress, his work was financed by grants from the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Aero-Medical Research Laboratory, and the Public Health Foundation of Boston."
A Scientist Reflects on the Discovery and future of LSD is a heartfelt thanks to Albert Hoffman, and a look at where and how further research could be carried out.
"Many influential people have made public pronouncements about the dangers and lack of value of research with LSD and related drugs. These individuals will eventually retire from public life and relinquish their power and we must hope that more enlightened and progressive persons will take their place. We also desperately need a greater number of individuals to pursue Ph.D. and M.D. degrees who believe that this research is worthwhile, and who are willing to devote some portion of their effort to bringing about change."
On Being Stoned, A Psychological Study of Marijuana Intoxication is the classic work by Charles T. Tart, Ph.D. and is a must-read for all gangaphiles and their progeny. Print out the original questionnaire and conduct your own survey!!
"So he tested many experienced Travelers and, after eliminating those few who readily told bizarre stories, he found there was Meaningfulness in what they said. Now this Scholar has made a Map of the whole land of Muggles, so perhaps new Royal Expeditions and Studies can find their way to the Important Places in Muggles and bring back Knowledge and, perhaps, Riches."
July 1, '00

I can see a bear coming toward me in the forest and feel visceral fear while intellectually be interested/amazed/in awe. Here in my nice comfy house I am splanchnicly replete, warm, dry, fed and in good canine company, and yet upon reading as much of The Technology of Social Control as I could bear, I am terrified.
"The essential point that I am making is that science itself enters the social matrix of domination within which there are competing, fractionated groups -- all of whom wish to put the fruits of science to different purposes."
"Every sensory window makes use of energy in wave form." Quantum Mechanics and the Analysis of Behavior is quite at the other end of the consciousness telescope, providing a good synopsis of how this approach makes sense.
"Finally, a true science of behavior may at last be possible. Psychology has hitherto been crippled by the mind/body dualism. It may be fairly said that those psychologists who elected to concentrate on the "mental" side of the equation have done their work with both feet planted squarely in midair. I personally can vouch for the fact that those who have focused on the purely corporal have done so blindfolded by a preconception that prevents their seeing more of the game than their rules have allowed."
The Erotic Ontology of Cyberspace is one of the chapters of The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality by Michael Heim.
"In her speech in Plato's Symposium, Diotima, the priestess of love, teaches a doctrine of the escalating spirituality of the erotic drive. She tracks the intensity of Eros continuously from bodily attraction all the way to the mental attention of mathematics and beyond. The outer reaches of the biological sex drive, she explains to Socrates, extend to the mental realm where we continually seek to expand our knowledge."
The remarkable quote below comes from Consciousness, Folk Psychology, and Cognitive Science.
"Consciousness is a theoretical concept, which means it is implicitly defined by a network of putative laws. In this case the laws are ones that ordinary folk allegedly accept and regard as essential to consciousness. If these laws are in fact false, there is no phenomenon that instantiates, exemplifies, or realizes this concept."
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