mind

consciousness, psychic research, psychology, psychedelic, spirituality

Entheogens in the Himalayan Foothills

mind | 5 feb 16 | Ralph H. Abraham, University of California, Santa Cruz
Reporting a miraculous week of entheogens and sadhus in a temple in the montane jungle of the Himalayan foothills back in 1972.

The hunger mood

mind | 27 jan 16 | Michael Graziano, Aeon
Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up.

Reclaiming LSD for Psychotherapy

mind | 19 jan 16 | Sam Wong, Mosaic
Psychotropic drugs were once used to help patients work through a variety of mental-health issues. Meet the therapists who want to bring them back.

The phenomenon of universal hallucinations

mind | 11 jan 16 | Hopes&Fears
Six experts about common visions while tripping on psychoactive substances.

What makes a good life?

mind | 5 jan 16 | Robert Waldinger, TEDxBeaconStreet
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but you’re mistaken. Lessons from the longest study on happiness.

Toward Mind Design

mind | 29 dec 15 | Thomas B. Roberts, Reality Sandwich
Each stage of the Psychedelic Renaissance does not replace its predecessors; its roots grow from its predecessors and builds on them.

The search for happiness

mind | 15 dec 15 | Wataru Sato et al., Kyoto University
Researchers have mapped out using MRI where happiness emerges in the brain. The study paves the way for measuring happiness objectively, and also provides insights on a neurologically based way of being happy.

The Trip Planners

mind | 3 dec 15 |  Emily Witt, The New Yorker
The unusual couple – Earth and Fire – behind an online encyclopedia, documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactive substances – Erowid.

Floating Alone

mind | 27 nov 15 | Luke Stoddard Nathan, The Awl
The weird, slightly grim history of the sensory deprivation tank, from John C. Lilly to Richard Feynman to Michael Hutchison and even the Simpsons.

DMT Research from 1956 to the Edge of Time

mind | 24 nov 15 | Andrew R. Gallimore and David P. Luke, Reality Sandwich
Although six decades have passed since the very first DMT trip, the experience continues to confound and remains fertile ground for speculation regarding its significance and meaning.

The New Holism

mind | 5 nov 15 | Glen Martin, Reallity Sandwich
During a time of fundamental paradigm-shift from fragmentation to holism, the great question is whether the shift to holism will happen in time to save us from self-extinction. An excerpt from Glen Martin’s new book On World Renaissance.

The free-will scale

mind | 1 nov 15 | Stephen Cave, Aeon
Like IQ or EQ, there should be FQ: a freedom quotient to show how much free will we have – and how to get more.

The Nature of the DMT Entities and their Relation to Us

mind | 28 oct 15 | Peter Meyer, Serendipity
In a long philosophical discourse the author suggests that before each of us humans were born into this natural world we were entities in the DMT World, to which we will return upon the death of the body.

Psychedelics, Transgression and the End of History

mind | 23 oct 15 | Alan Piper, Academia
Transgression was the essence of the twentieth century avant-garde and the royal road to insight, self-transformation and special knowledge from Baudelaire to William Burroughs and beyond. A presentation.

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

mind | 13 oct 15 | Bobby Azarian, The Huffington Post
Integrated Information Theory – put forth by neuroscientists Giulio Tononi and Christof Koch – is a new framework that describes a way to experimentally measure the extent to which a system is conscious.

The First Earthly Superintelligence …

mind | 1 oct 15 | Ben Goertzel, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
… will be an incremental mind-upload of the Global Brain.

The Visionary World of H. R. Giger

mind | 15 sept 15 | Stanislav Grof, Reality Sandwich
An excerpt from the essay “H.R. Giger and the Zeitgeist of the Twentieth Century,” included in the new book Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art by Stanislav Grof.

Surfing the Subtle Planes of Reality …

mind | 17 aug 15 | James O’Dea, Reality Sandwich
… (Ego Restricted) … One thing is clear: if ego is restricted from entry to the subtle planes, intellect won’t take you there either – just as intellect won’t help you fall in love.

Into the deep

mind | 11 aug 15 | M M Owen, Aeon
Just when you crave one more sensual hit, the void of the float tank stops time, strips ego and unleashes the mind.

Buddhism vs. Utilitarianism

mind | 5 aug 15 | David Pearce, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
If suffering and its abolition are central to life on Earth, can differences between the two traditions that seek to abolish suffering be resolved to questions of means, not ends?

Self-Awareness

mind | 3 aug 15 | Peter Russell, YouTube
The video from a recent talk by Peter Russell puts things together in a new way, and contains quite a bit of material he hasn’t spoken on before.

Mysticism – Contemplative and Chemical

mind | 29 july 15 | Roger Walsh, Reality Sandwich
Mystical experiences are conceived of as coinciding with altered states of consciousness, and a consideration of mystical states should begin with a discussion of consciousness itself. An excerpt from Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics.

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

mind | 17 july 15 | Johann Hari, TEDGlobalLondon
What really causes addiction – to everything? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari’s questions unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Why Materialism Fails

mind | 7 july 15 | Larry Dossey, Open Sciences
The dogma of physicalism suffers from two fatal defects: the sheer poverty of evidence that brains produce consciousness, and the enormous human costs of a world that is sanitized of a spiritual outlook, which the dogma forbids.

Imagination Beats Practice

mind | 29 june 15 | Association for Psychological Science
Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. People who imagined a visual target were faster at finding it in a display than those who did an actual practice run.

A Thread in the Vine

mind | 23 june 15 | Jeff Baker, ResearchGate
This thesis uses the philosophy of deep ecology as a theoretical framework to explore ecospiritual themes as a key feature of increasing discourse around the ayahuasca phenomenon. The broad objective of the research is to use contemporary ayahuasca discourse to reveal the way cross-cultural seekers engage with and discuss shamanic practices that inform a postmodern ecosophical ontology and deep ecological praxis.

It’s Not a 'Stream' of Consciousness

mind | 17  june 15 | Gregory Hickok, The New York Times
We actually perceive the world in rhythmic pulses rather than as a continuous flow, as famously stated by the American psychologist William James back in 1890, comparing it with the flow of a river, a stream.

The Consciousness Revolution

mind | 1 june 15 | Graham Hancock, Reality Sandwich
Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science. Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. An excerpt from Graham Hancock’s new book The Divine Spark.

Higher Consciousness

mind | 15 may 15 | The School of Life
‘Higher consciousness’ sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn’t. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos. Video.

The Reality Nervous System

mind | 7 may 15 | Bernardo Kastrup, Reality Sandwich
One of the most important ideas discussed in Bernardo Kastrup’s book Brief Peeks Beyond, is the notion that empirical reality – all things we see, hear, touch, smell and taste – can be understood as a nervous system.

The Toad Prophet

mind | 21 apr 15 | Vice Mexico
In search of Bufo alvarius – a species that contains a very high dosage of the powerful hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in its body – with Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa.

Technology and the human imagination

mind | 1 apr | Interview: Jason Silva, YouTube
A chat with author Erik Davis about the intersectionality of technology, the human imagination and the phenomenon Davies coined “Techgnosis.”

Seeing the mind of a star?

mind | 23 mar 15 | Gregory Sams, YouTube
Why is viewing a solar eclipse such an exciting and inspiring event? Author and social pioneer Gregory Sams looks at our local star through ancient lenses, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the heavens.

Mental time travel

mind | 17 mar 15 | Vanderbilt University, ScienceDaily
Neuroscientists explore areas of the brain responsible for the recollection of memories so rich in detail regarding the time and place of an original experience that it is much like traveling through time.

The Cosmic Tug of Love

mind | 2 mar 15 | D.J. MacLennan, h+ Magazine
Love exerts such a profound force upon us – on our interactions, on our aspirations, on our enterprises, and ultimately on the fabric of our world. And when we push out into our solar system then on into interstellar space?

Hacking the Tripping Mind

mind | 20 feb 15 | Jason Silva, The Daily Beast
Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

How your eyes trick your mind

mind | 13 feb 15 | Melissa Hogenboom, BBC
Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.

Can LSD make you a billionaire?

mind | 9 feb 15 | Erica Fink, CNNMoney
In Silicon Valley, there is a premium on creativity, and tools thought to induce or enhance it are avidly sought. Some view psychedelics as a way to approach problems differently.

Solving the mystery of consciousness

mind | 28 jan 15 | Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
Philosophers and scientists, the world’s greatest minds, have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots. Why can’t they solve an obvious mystery?

The power of story

mind | 23 jan 15 | Elizabeth Svoboda, Aeon
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains.