MonthJuly 2005

Forget it: beta-blockers ‘blot out memories’

Anyone read R.U. Sirius and St. Jude’s fictional How to Mutate and Take Over the World? In the beginning R.U.’s taking a drug called “forget it” recreationally.

A common blood pressure drug could help people who have witnessed traumatic events, such as the London bombings, to block out their distressing memories.

BBC News: Beta-blockers ‘blot out memories’

Plan for Dalai Lama lecture angers neuroscientists

Some scientists are planning to boycott the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in November if the Dalai Lama is allowed to speak. Seems like a pretty extreme reaction to me. Also, there’s mention of an interesting study further down in the article:

The research peaked in November last year when a team led by Richard Davidson, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, published research in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggested networks of brain cells were better coordinated in people who were trained in meditation.

Full Story: Guardian: Plan for Dalai Lama lecture angers neuroscientists

Psychiatric treatment of ghost possession

I can’t remember who sent this along, it was a while ago and I just got around to reading it. Interesting comment at the end:

It’s not clear to me why the cure of possession by the use of psychoactive drugs would seem unreasonable if, in fact, the vulnerability to this state had been induced by some ingested substance. I believe that practitioners of Voodoo, as well as shamans of numerous cultures, are reported to use ingested substances to facilitate their possession by discarnate entities. Many pharmaceuticals have an antidote which produces the opposite effect, and the anti-schizophrenia drug administered could well have brought about this effect, closing the open portal in the central nervous system of the patient.

Full Story: Mind Hacks: Classic case: Psychiatric treatment of ghost possession

The spiritual in design

Fell continues to work towards his theory of occult-design:

I remember speaking to a fellow by the name of SatsUrn on OccultForums.com some time ago. He works as a physicist in the U.S. dealing with electromagnetic radiation and had gotten involved in the occult with his interest in sacred geometry in ancient temples. Turns out that much of the ancient holy architects had some sort of esoteric knowledge of how particular angles, shapes, dimensions, and spaces could warp and affect the natural electromagnetic forces and other radiations and/or energies that were naturally occurrent. These structures could also focus human energies while within and, for lack of better terms, magnify or amplify them. Thus, sacred temples were actually, yes, houses of the gods. Not in that they were hanging out in the rafters looking down upon us, but as it welled up exotic energies that essentially entrained the people within to be drawn into either ecstatic states or lower EEG states, perhaps from the normal, waking beta state down to more introspective, “mystical” states that are normal when the mind’s EEG is entrained to alpha or theta waves.

In art, it is the realm of the artist to exact their inner visions of reality upon a canvas, whether it be clay or by brush. We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are. But a designer learns the tenets of her or his craft in order to bring an order, hierarchy, and structure to that which there is apparently none ? something especially true in an “Age of Information,” an age named after an abstraction. The methods of magic are similar in that the will of the individual is fixed and, through a projection of desire into the substratum of reality, events unfold that can bring about changes in apparent accord to the magician’s will. It is an attempt to place an abstract order of control over the randomness of life.

Full Story: Love Women, Hate Stupid: The spiritual in design

iPod: you don’t need me

iPod: You Don't Need Me

Photo by Shira Golding Evergreen

Prisoners to design own jail

Hmmm…

The scheme was initiated by Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabiliation), a company that promotes the arts within the prison system. Co-director Chris Johnston says its aim is “to influence the decisions that are made about prison architecture and design, which almost always relegate education provision to a low priority and the role of the arts even lower.”

Full Story: The Guardian: Prisoners to design own jail

Apprently it’s “purely conceptual” with the prisoners only building models of otheir projects at the end… but the idea of engaging prisoners in a different way is facinating. This will no doubt raise questions about prisoners being treated too well, etc. But if it helps keep these people from coming back to prison, why not?

(via Cool Hunting)

Furthur reading re: Exegesis

A Brief Summary of Gnosticism

Nag Hammadi

Hermes Trismestigus

Heraclitus

Asklepios

Elijah

Writings of Jack Parsons (PKD references 1945)

Heaven is like a mustard seed

LVX23 provides the exact reference in Comment 24 of Philip K. Dick’s Exegesis:

The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what Heaven’s kingdom is like.” He said to them, “It’s like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.” (Gospel of Thomas)

A brief explaination of the Synchronized Universe Principle

A simplified explanation of how certain paranormal phenomena, such as UFOs, can be explained by science.

1. THE SYNCHRONIZATION PRINCIPLE LEADS TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ALL THE MATTER WE SEE IS SYNCHRONIZED WITH OUR OWN. THERE CAN BE MANY OTHER PARALLEL UNIVERSES SUPERIMPOSED UPON OUR OWN, WHICH DIFFER ONLY IN THE PHASE OR FREQUENCY OF THEIR SYNCHRONIZATION.

2. EACH ORDINARY PHYSICAL UNIVERSE IS LIKE A SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER REPRESENTED IN THE FIGURE. PARTICLES (AND PEOPLE) MOVE ON THE “SHEET OF PAPER” AND BELIEVE THAT IS THE ENTIRE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE.

3. OTHER PHYSICAL UNIVERSES, WITH DIFFERENT SYNCHRONIZED FREQUENCIES OR PHASES, ARE REPRESENTED BY OTHER SHEETS OF PAPER IN THE STACK. TO MOVE FROM ONE UNIVERSE TO ANOTHER, IT IS ONLY NECESSARY THAT THE PHASE OR FREQUENCY BE SHIFTED BY A CERTAIN AMOUNT. THEN THE OBJECT WILL DISAPPEAR IN ONE REALITY AND APPEAR IN ANOTHER.

Synchronizeduniverse.com

(Via Posthuman Blues)

‘Human-brained’ Monkeys

monkey with human brain

I know everyone’s already read this, but I’m just getting around to linking it:

SCIENTISTS have been warned that their latest experiments may accidently produce monkeys with brains more human than animal.

In cutting-edge experiments, scientists have injected human brain cells into monkey fetuses to study the effects.

Critics argue that if these fetuses are allowed to develop into self-aware subjects, science will be thrown into an ethical nightmare.

Full Story: NEWS.com.au: ‘Human-brained’ monkeys

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