Magic Mushrooms May Alter How You Feel About Nature (and Politics)

Image by Eric Grundhauser/Arp/NASA
(Image by Eric Grundhauser/Arp/NASA)

“According to the researchers, patients report feeling more connected to nature months after treatment with a dose of psilocybin. In addition, they show a general shift along an axis of authoritarian and libertarian viewpoints.”


Illustration by Oliver Hibert
(Illustration by Oliver Hibert)

“Long-held beliefs can become entrenched over time, making them hard to change. But psychedelics might provide a way to alter them, a study suggests.”

[also via]

Shroomery | /Psychonaut

Scientists Say Humans’ ‘Lack of Empathy’ Is Leading to Global Species Annihilation

“‘Sadly, our descendants will also have to do without the aesthetic pleasures and sources of imagination provided by our only known living counterparts in the universe,’ said Ehrlich.

“In the meantime, the overall scope of population losses makes clear the world cannot wait to address biodiversity damage, according to the authors. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of extinction—human overpopulation and overconsumption—and challenge society to move away from ‘the fiction that perpetual growth can occur on a finite planet.'”


And why are humans coded to have no empathy toward all other life on Earth? Because they are extremist religious fundamentalists like Scott Pruitt who believe some old guy with a long white beard who lives on a cloud wants us all to harvest biodiversity like we’re mining for gold? Evil fuck.

See also:
Christianity Is Not Getting Greener
Men Resist Green Behavior as Unmanly

When your coding makes your species a cancer upon your own home planet – you got malware, bitch.

(but hey, you don’t want these old white men to make any less $, do you? after all, this is who the whole planet is working & dying for. where is your compassion for the 1%?)

Orca Quickly Learns to Mimic Human Speech

Orca Quickly Learns to Mimic Human Speech
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“Researchers recently found that a female killer whale could copy the phrases ‘hello,’ ‘bye-bye,’ ‘Amy,’ and ‘one, two, three.’ The orca could also imitate a wolf’s howl, an elephant’s trumpeting, and the sounds of a creaking door and a ‘raspberry.’ And she reproduced the new sounds quickly, some within the first attempt.”


Sadly, “Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Orca Population Drops To 30-Year Low” . Can we fix with slower ships? Or by feeding them?