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Drugs and the Meaning of Life

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence…

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Consciousness Expanded by Psilocybin

Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, scientists were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for…

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Tinker, Tailor . . . Biohacker

by Tony Kendrew Do you sometimes wonder just how far biotech should go? Perhaps you worry now and then about the possibilities, the consequences, the dangers? Even feel a bit smug that you probably won’t be…

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What role did Psychedelics such as LSD Play in your Research? – Stan Grof

Stan Grof describes the role that psychedelics played in his research on holotropic states of consciousness. Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of…

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Ayahuasca, Autism, Aging and the Default Mode Network…New Research

Earlier blogs “Folk Who Meditate Decrease Mind Wandering” and “Magic mushrooms work like meditation?  The latest science.” demonstrated how dramatically long term meditation and psilocybin can alter the functioning of the default mode network (DMN).  The DMN is the…

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Panel: Using Entheogens on the Spiritual Path

A panel with Bob Jesse, Tom Pinkson, Merrill Ward with Lyn Hunstad as a moderator. This panel discussion will explore how entheogens can be an aid on the spiritual path and to help you evaluate if…

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A Public and Private Trip to Understand the Mind

Susan Blackmore gives a personal account of how hallucinogens have influenced her career. I am so glad I took LSD – and mescaline, and psilocybin, and even DMT which must surely have given me the most…

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Magic Mushrooms and Brain Activity Revisited

In Chapter 2 of Why Materialism Is Baloney, I illustrate a broad pattern associating procedures that reduce brain activity with expanded consciousness. These include hyperventilation, meditation, ordeals, gravity-induced loss of consciousness, strangulation, cardiac arrest, brain damage, and even psychedelics. Indeed, a 2012 paper…

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