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5 Dec 13 | Rachel Nuwer, Smithosian
Ancient Canaanites knew how to have a good time. They were fond of wine bursting with the flavors of mint, honey and psychotropic resins, new archaeological evidence reveals.
5 Dec 13 | Interview: Joanna Harcourt Smith, Future Primitive
Robert Tindall speaks about water, the primordial womb; music and opening of the gates of consciousness – of participating in a sentient cosmos.
1 Dec 13 | George Dvorsky, io9
Should we find a way to manage the risks and avoid dystopic outcomes, our far future looks astonishingly bright. If things go really well, our civilization will continue to evolve and diversify, leading to many different types of futures.
1 Dec 13 | Anette Kjellgren, Kristoffer Jonsson, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
A new study of effects and experiences induced by MXE, a ketamine analogue, belonging to a class known as “legal highs” or “research chemicals,” and sold on the Internet.
29 Nov 13 | Alan Piper, Academia
An ethnographic, scriptural and mythographic investigation into the sacramental use of psychoactive milk and meat.
29 Nov 13 | Michael Klare, TomDispatch
Mass environmental protests are gaining strength. If governments won’t take the lead on an imperiled planet, someone will.
25 Nov 13 | Ross Andersen, Aeon
The ancients had pyramids to tame the sky’s mystery. We have Star Axis, a unique masterpiece forty years in the making.
25 Nov 13 | Andrew R. Gallimore, Journal of Scientific Exploration
The neuropsychological and evolutionary implications of the astonishing psychoactive effects of N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Paper. See also: McKenna Forum
19 Nov 13 | Spencer Smith et al, University of North Carolina
Researchers have shown that dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain’s processing power.
19 Nov 13 | David Pearce, Adam Ford, h+ Magazine
The British utilitarian philosopher believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life.
13 Nov 13 | Virginia Hughes, National Geographic
Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.
13 Nov 13 | Adrian Andreacchio, University College London, Erowid
The aim of this dissertation has been to build a multi-disciplinary catalogue of pre- Columbian psychoactive medicines and investigate their medicinal and ritual significance.
13 Nov 13 | Gregory Berns, New York Times
Neuroscientists have trained dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner – completely awake and unrestrained – with the goal to determine how dogs’ brains work and, even more important, what they think of us humans.
13 Nov 13 | Ann Morgan, BBC
Writer Ann Morgan read a book from every country in the world in one year. She learned that she was not an isolated person, but part of a network that stretched all over the planet and that fiction makes the world real.
7 Nov 13 | Jessica Aldred, Guardian
A purring monkey, a vegetarian piranha and a flame-patterned lizard are among more than 400 new species of animals and plants that have been discovered in the past four years in the Amazon rainforest.
7 Nov 13 | Ferris Jabr, Scientific American
Naps, meditation and nature walks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.
1 Nov 11 | Interview: Jeff Schechtman, Specific Gravity
Just as the scientific revolution and financial revolutions began in coffeehouses, according to Economist’s Tom Standage we might be in for a similar period of explosive innovation as a result of advances in social media. Audio
1 Nov 11 | David P. Luke, Devin B. Terhune, Frontiers
Seems psychedelics might be able to tell us something about the workings of synaesthesia and so perception more generally, though more research required.
1 Nov 11 | Liz Langley, National Geographic
Birds do it. Bees do it. Butterflies and chimpanzees do it. These animals and many others practice self-medication, using plants and other surprising materials to improve not only their own health but also the health of their offspring.
1 Nov 11 | Roy F. Baumeister, Aeon
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?
28 Oct 13 | Alexis Zeigler, Reality Sandwich
Living Energy Farm uses no gasoline, no diesel, and no grid electricity. The project is being built inexpensively so that people may live comfortably, support themselves economically, and do so in a manner that is easily replicated by others.
28 Oct 13 | UCLA, ScienceDaily
Psychologists have used brain-imaging techniques to study what happens to the human brain when it slips into unconsciousness. Their research is an initial step toward developing a scientific definition of consciousness.
23 Oct 13 | Justin McCurry, The Observer
Over the course of more than three decades, extraordinary research from Japan has gained unprecedented insights into the workings of the primate mind, and by extension, our own.
23 Oct 13 | Peter Gasser, MAPS
Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gasser’s final clinical study report of his LSD-assisted psychotherapy in persons suffering from anxiety associated with advanced-stage life threatening diseases.
17 Oct 13 | Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times
When Timothy Leary died in 1996, he was eulogized as the godfather of the drug-fueled Sixties counterculture. Now, material unearthed in his archive at the New York Public Library shows him as an early adventurer in another arena: video games.