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).
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 furthur 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. (Guardian).
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. (Mind Hacks).
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. (Love Women, Hate Stupid).
Prisoners to design own jail
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.”(Guardian)
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)
Creative Activist: new political blog from me
Yeah, I’ve got yet another one: The Creative Activist.
I’ve got another one still in the works.
Klintron in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland next month
I should be arriving in Seattle on Sunday August 7th and leaving Portland a week later. I won’t have a lot of time, since it’s going to be a short trip and I have a lot of people I want to catch up with. But if any readers live in the area and want to get together, let me know.
The Creative Activist: a new blog from Klintron
I’ve started another blog (just one more after this one, and my blog network will be complete, for now).
The Creative Activist:
Protest is broken. I gave up on protesting after the Iraq war protests. They were the biggest protests ever, held all over earth, and they accomplished nothing. I remember hearing some radio DJs on a Seattle ?alternative rock? station complaining about how protesters were blocking Interstate traffic and how protesters ?just want attention? and ?need to grow up.? I think that?s a pretty common interpretation of protest, no matter how big or for what reason.
Edward Bernays said ?The job of a public relations counsel is to instruct a client how to take actions that ?Interrupt? the continuity of life in some way to bring about the [media] response.?
The same can be said of protesters. The problem now is that protests, no matter how big don?t interrupt the continuity of life in any meaningful way anymore. They?re too common place. Even huge protests like the Iraq war protests and the RNC protests seem indistinguishable from other day to day protests to the average media consumer.
I do believe that protest should be an important part of civil life. Protesting is not dead: it just needs fixing. This blog will highlight the efforts of creative activists, working not only in protest but in any sort of activism. It will hopefully also motivate me to come up with some new ideas myself. I also hope this site will grow into a useful resource for activists, lobbyists, and political campaigners who want to try new ideas, regardless of their political alignment.