mind

consciousness, psychic research, psychology, psychedelic, spirituality

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.

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

mind | 2 feb 15 | Peter Sjöstedt-H, Psychedelic Press UK
The aim of this text is to introduce readers to an unimaginable universe of cognition to which ingestion of psychoactive chemicals will open the portal. This universe can modify and augment Philosophy itself.