Monthly Archives: March 2013

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“Nothing is true, everything is permitted” – Hassan-i Sabbah

RioWhat is religion? To some, it’s a system or path to God and the divine; to others, it’s a spiritual slave system, designed to use fear and the promise of a utopia after death if they appease the right god (or THE only God, to some). If you want my humble opinion, I say it’s a healthy dose of both, but only a few understand how to see through the misinterpretations and unravel the hidden knowledge. Unraveling the misinterpretations is not difficult—all that is required is an open mind and a special truth meter that every one of us has, but most of the time chooses not to use. That truth meter is our intuition, or “gut instinct.” Ever get a feeling that just didn’t sit well with you? Maybe it was something simple, a feeling that you forgot something—like your…

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Becoming Integral: Notes on Planetary Coexistence

I spent the day re-reading a classic Alan Watts book, The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Vintage Books, 1965).  Basically, the book is a retrospective summary account of his experiences with psychedelic drugs (e.g., LSD, mescaline, psilocybin).  It could be described as his version of Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception.  Indeed, Watts justifies writing his book by referring to Huxley: “since Huxley and others had already let the secret out […]” (20). 

LSD is currently only 73 years old.  Psychedelic chemicals are still a newcomer on the world’s stage (or at least the “Western” world’s stage, as many of those chemicals come from plants or fungi that were already known and used by ancient and indigenous societies).  Huxley and Watts were among the first to respond to the new discovery/invention of psychedelic chemicals, and they did so by bringing honest and thoughtful attention to the matter from two…

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Cognitive Liberty UK

Where the placebo effect refers to a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition that results from a simulated medical intervention, the nocebo effect refers to the opposite.

The nocebo effect shows us that, even when no real drug or cause for harm is present, negative beliefs and expectations can lead to negative physiological, behavioural, emotional, and/or cognitive consequences. It demonstrates the very real effects of conditioning and negative suggestions.

The general consensus amongst clinical psychologists is that psychedelic drugs can cause damage when the user undergoes an extremely emotionally negative or traumatic experience as a result of them.

The purpose of this article is to suggest that the dominant discourses around psychedelics in the both drugs education and the mass-media condition individuals to have negative experiences whilst using them where they otherwise might not.

Both the mass media and the prevailing approaches to drugs education emphasise the risks of using the substances…

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