Archive for the ‘The Mind’ Category

The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A nutritious beverage, rich in detoxifying chlorophyll and antioxidants, and suited for meditative practice.

–>Link to Health Benefits of Matcha

–>Link to Wikipedia: Matcha
–>Link to Wikipedia: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Psychedelic Salon: Podcast 149 - Trialogue “The Heavens”

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Lorenzo of the Psychedelic Salon produces a fantastic and invaluable podcast featuring interviews and discussions with the great thinkers and personalities of the psychedelic movement.

Podcast 149 is especially relevant for this blog. This episode features a fascinating discussion (or trialogue) between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna about “The Heavens”.

–>Link to Psychedelic Salon: Podcast 149 - “The Heavens”

The Long Now Foundation

Friday, July 18th, 2008

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed - some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries.

–>Link to The Long Now Foundation

–>Link to The 10,000 Year Clock

–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking
–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking - Podcast

How To Become Batman

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: could a mortal ever become Batman? Zehr discusses the physical and skill training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen.

–>Link to book: Becoming Batman

–>Link to Q&A with author

Influence Your Brainwaves with Binaural Beats

Thursday, July 17th, 2008


Binaural Beats are “auditory artifacts” that are not apparent outside the brain, they are produced via an internal process called “frequency follows response”. It has been shown that binaural beats can alter the dominant brainwave frequency of the mind.

By altering ones brainwave frequencies (entraining one’s brainwave frequencies) one may go into what researchers call the alpha, theta, or delta brain state. Each brain state has been associated with a different state of consciousness, for example; the alpha state is associated with being at peace or serenity and delta is associated with healing and deep sleep.
Binaural beats are produced when you listen to two slightly different tones with stereo headphones. Your brain quickly aligns to the difference of these two tones, thus changing its dominant frequency and effectively altering your state of consciousness this is called brainwave entrainment, or just entrainment for short.

Free binaural beat downloads and info:
–>Link to HealingBeats.com

Dan Dennett: A Secular, Scientific Rebuttal

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion — all religion — to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

(Runtime: 25:00)
–>Link

EROWID: The Best Place for Information on Psychoactives / Entheogens

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Our Mission:
Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.

Our Vision:
We imagine a world where people treat psychoactives with respect and awareness; where people work together to collect and share knowledge in ways that strengthen their understanding of themselves and provide insight into the complex choices faced by individuals and societies alike. We believe that truth, accuracy, and integrity in publishing information about psychoactives will lead to healthier and more balanced choices, behaviors, and policies around all psychoactive medications, entheogens, herbs, and recreational drugs. Erowid’s vision is to facilitate and create resources that are part of the evolution towards this goal.

–>Link

New map IDs the core of the human brain

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

An international team of researchers has created the first complete high-resolution map of how millions of neural fibers in the human cerebral cortex — the outer layer of the brain responsible for higher level thinking — connect and communicate. Their groundbreaking work identified a single network core, or hub, that may be key to the workings of both hemispheres of the brain.

–> Link to article

–> Link to scientific journal

Spiritual Effects of Hallucinogens Persist, Johns Hopkins Researchers Report

Friday, July 4th, 2008

In a follow-up to research showing that psilocybin, a substance
contained in “sacred mushrooms,” produces substantial spiritual
effects, a Johns Hopkins team reports that those beneficial effects
appear to last more than a year.

Press Release:
–> Link


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