LSD for the NHS?

LSD for the NHS?
This recent article from The Financial Times reports on the scientific progress the Beckley Foundation has been making in the last few years. A British charity is stepping up efforts to rehabilitate LSD, one of the world’s best-known “recreational” drugs, for medicinal use. The Beckley Foundation,...
February 16th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

Evolvers Spores: The Future of Psychedelics

Evolvers Spores: The Future of Psychedelics
Evolver.net, MAPS, the Beckley Foundation, and Brainwaving present Evolvers Spores: The Future of Psychedelics For millennia, cultures around the world expanded minds and visions with “teacher plants” – what we commonly know today as psychedelics. The widespread popularity of LSD during the 1960s...
February 10th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More

Psychedelics and Species Connectedness

Psychedelics and Species Connectedness
Evidence suggests that at the very least the consumption of psychedelic substances leads to an increased concern for Nature and ecological issues. On one level we can understand that this may be due to a basic appreciation of place and aesthetics that accompanies the increased sensory experience, or...
February 8th, 2010 | Extended Mind | Read More

The Shaman’s Renaissance

The Shaman’s Renaissance
A new religion is spreading to Britain – its central sacrament the consumption of a hallucinogenic Class A drug. Here’s a report from the faith’s heartland in the rainforests of the Amazon I am deep in the Amazon rainforest, anxiously losing my mind as the world begins to disintegrate....
February 1st, 2010 | Spirituality | Read More

Can we crack the Consciousness Puzzle?

Can we crack the Consciousness Puzzle?
CONSCIOUS experience is at once the most familiar thing in the world and the most mysterious. There is nothing we know about more directly than consciousness, but it is extraordinarily hard to reconcile it with everything else we know. Why does it exist? What does it do? How could it possibly arise from...
January 28th, 2010 | Extended Mind | Read More

Quining Qualia

Quining Qualia
Dan Dennett’s seminal argument about the properties conscious experience is a must-read for anyone interested in the question of whether the mind/conscious experience is reducible to purely physical/scientific terms. You may not think he’s right, but he’s certainly worth a read… 1....
January 26th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

What is an Altered State of Consciousness?

What is an Altered State of Consciousness?
Brainwaving proudly present the first in a series of articles by Ralph Metzner Ph.D., an American psychologist, writer and researcher, who participated in psychedelic research at Harvard University in the early 1960s with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later named Ram Dass). Dr. Metzner is a psychotherapist,...
January 22nd, 2010 | Consciousness | Read More

Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands

Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands
There is a horrible sense of meaninglessness and chaos that comes from the extreme loneliness of being cut off. Trauma, whether sustained in the family, or in the military during combat, renders millions feeling unsafe, insecure, mistrustful, and in the end isolated, lonely and desperate. Judith Lewis...
January 20th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More

Wasson and the Psychedelic Revolution

Wasson and the Psychedelic Revolution
Brainwaving is delighted to introduce the first in a series of essays by Prof. Carl Ruck, best known for his work in mythology and religion on the sacred role of entheogens, or psychoactive plants that induce an altered state of consciousness, as used in religious or shamanistic rituals. His focus has...
January 18th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More

Does Cocaine make you Smarter?

Does Cocaine make you Smarter?
Hey. Did any of you read this paper on the role of G9a in cocaine-induced dendritic spine plasticity? No? OK, well did you at least read this summary of the findings in Time? Still no? Fine. The gist is that repeated coke use suppresses a protein called G9a, which slows the growth of dendritic spines...
January 15th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More