consciousness, psychic research, psychology, psychedelic, spirituality

A Map of the Mind

mind | 21 may 16 | Kevin Randall, The New York Times
The Dalai Lama has commissioned scientists for a lofty mission: to help turn secular audiences into more self-aware, compassionate humans.

When does the future begin?

mind | 11 may 16 | Daphna Oyserman, Aeon
The answer to the question  – which, by the way, is not right now – matters because humans are attuned to focus on the ‘right now’ situation. A study in maximising motivation.

Electrical Brain Stimulation Enhances Creativity

mind | 1 may 16 | Adam Green et al., Georgetown University
Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study.

What LSD tells us about human nature

mind | 27 apr 16 | Marc Lewis, The Guardian
Our brains, with their intrinsic tendency to segregate, are designed to veer toward over-control. Psychedelics blow all that apart – and we can learn from them.

The Light of the Toad of Light

mind | 23 apr 16 | Sebastian Job, Entheogenesis
The anthropologist from the University of Sidney talks about some transpersonal dimensions of 5-MeO-DMT.

Popular Theories of Consciousness Are Worse Than Wrong

mind | 15 apr 16 | Michael Graziano, The Atlantic
Most of them play to our intuitions, but don’t actually explain anything.

Secret Earths

mind | 7 apr 16 | Erik Davis, Techgnosis
A catalog essay on the contemporary reframing of animism, from an art show devoted to rare earth elements.

The Psychedelic Paradox

mind | 29 mar 16 | Fisher, Psychological Medicine, volteface
Ask anyone who has ever tried LSD, and they will tell you that ‘paradoxical’ is a fitting descriptor of its effects. Seeing, feeling and thinking seemingly impossible scenarios are the characteristic symptoms of this and other psychedelic drugs.

Enlightenment Through Fear of Dying

mind | 17 mar 16 | Interview: Gilles Farcet, Reality Sandwich
The following is excerpted from Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo by Alejandro Jodorowsky with Gilles Farcet.

Consciousness: the product of balanced chaos?

mind | 15 märz 16 | David Schultz, Science
Our experience of reality may be the product of a delicate balance of connectivity between neurons – too much or too little and consciousness slips away.

Why do people use flotation tanks?

mind | 3 mar 16 | Tom Ireland, BBC, Magazine
Flotation tanks have been a niche interest of various “new-age” and hippy communities for decades, but in recent years the number of people using them in the UK has grown.

The real story on the Chakras

mind | 23 feb 16 | Christopher Wallis, Tantrik Studies
This sure-to-be-controversial post unveils the truth – from the traditional perspective, anyway – about the subtle energy centers called chakras.

The Energizing Effect of Humor

mind | 17 feb 16 | Association for Psychological Science
Watching funny cat videos at work may not be such a bad thing after all, as new research suggests that exposure to humorous stimuli may actually help people persevere in completing arduous tasks.

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?


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.