Posts Tagged ‘brain science’

Genetically Modified Animals

Genetically Modified Animals
UNLESS you live in Europe, your last meal probably contained genetically modified ingredients – 80 per cent of soya grown worldwide is now genetically engineered, for instance. Yet while modified plants are rapidly taking over the planet’s farms, the same cannot be said for GM animals. There’s...
July 28th, 2010 | Science & Technology | Read More

Cooking, Fire and Human Evolution

Cooking, Fire and Human Evolution
Did Learning to Cook Push Our Ancestors Toward Modernity? // Intriguing evidence shows that cooking may have been the spark that set human evolution blazing toward higher intelligence and civilization. It has long been a fascinating puzzle to scientists: Why did our apelike ancestors come...
July 26th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

Psychedelic Technologies

Psychedelic Technologies
Imagine… you are strolling along the Esplanade at Burning Man, and something catches your eye. Bands of lights are rapidly moving up and down a 30 foot high pyramid, from Red at the bottom, through Orange, Green, Turquoise, Indigo, Violet, and finally White light at the top. Nothing too unusual,...
July 26th, 2010 | Science & Technology | Read More

A Ladies’ Man and Shameless

A Ladies’ Man and Shameless
Das ewig weibliche zieht uns hinan. The eternally feminine leads us forward. – Goethe He who binds himself to a joy does the winged life destroy, But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity’s sunrise. – William Blake Only connect. – E. M. Forster I‘m finally...
July 13th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Why can’t we stop Believing?

Why can’t we stop Believing?
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble. As founder and publisher of Skeptic Magazine,...
July 6th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

Mutation in key gene allows Tibetans to thrive

Mutation in key gene allows Tibetans to thrive
The gene mutation that enables people to thrive at high altitudes is much more common in Tibetans than Han Chinese and may represent the strongest instance of natural selection ever documented in a human population. From the Guardian, by Cian O’Luanaigh A gene that controls red blood cell production...
July 5th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

(A Brief History and) Motivation of an Entheogenic Chemist

(A Brief History and) Motivation of an Entheogenic Chemist
Abstract: Casey Hardison was arrested spring 2004 for the production of psychedelic-type drugs, i.e., LSD, 2C- B and DMT. In the three years since, not one person from ‘authority’ had bothered to ask him what motivated him to synthesise psychedelic drugs. It was as if the a priori assumption that...
July 5th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

“WATSON: THE NEEDLE!”

“WATSON: THE NEEDLE!”
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND COCAINE By Mike Jay – http://mikejay.net/ Cocaine was the great pharmaceutical success story of the last decades of the nineteenth century. In a few short years, it went from a minor item in specialist catalogues to a major seller in a huge range of preparations in high-street...
July 1st, 2010 | Arts | Read More

Vegetarian Brains

Vegetarian Brains
Vegetarians are more intelligent, says study Posted by Tino Verducci from The Future is Vegan Frequently dismissed as cranks, their fussy eating habits tend to make them unpopular with dinner party hosts and guests alike. But now it seems they may have the last laugh, with research showing vegetarians...
June 30th, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

DMT and the Pineal: Fact or Fiction?

DMT and the Pineal: Fact or Fiction?
A well-known factoid bandied about by psychedelic drug geeks is the idea that DMT, or some other psychoactive tryptamine, is produced by the pineal gland. When did this idea originate? And is it actually true? By John Hanna for Erowid.org During his talk “Psychoactive Drugs Throughout Human History”...
June 8th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More