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EsoZone Portland 2009 update

Portland’s weirdest event just got weirder. In 2009, EsoZone Portland is mutating into an unconference” – an even in which the schedule and agenda are set by its participants (see: BarCamp, BIL, etc.).

EsoZone will return to Watershed October 9th and 10th for more fringe discussions, participatory workshops, and collaborative art activities, all using the “Open Space Technology” model.

Possible topics include: Outsider Art, Discordia, SubGenius, The Occult, Satanism, Conspiracy Analysis, Life Extension, Intelligence Enhancement, Space Migration, Psychedelic Futurism, Consciousness Expansion, R/evolutionary Living, Renegade Metaphysics, Radical Psychotherapy, Aliens, NeoShamanism, Temporary Autonomous Zones, Body Modification, Alternative Sexuality, Fringe Culture, Human-Dolphin Communication, DIY Media, Cybernetics and Systems Theory, Pranks, Atheism, Zen, Martial Arts, and Recession Hacking

Although the exact schedule and content won’t be determined until the actual event, here are some probable sessions:

-Radical Therapy for Radical Minds (workshop and discussion lead by Jillian Schadenfreude)

-Motherfucker Tantra (workshop lead by Nick Pell)

-Counter Culture and Business: Selling Without Selling Out (Open Discussion)

-Metavirus (workshop/discussion lead by deadletter b – continued from last year!)

-Annual EsoZone comics jam!… Read the rest

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Gnosticism and ‘Lost': The Issac Complex

Edward Wilson guest posts at Hatch 23 concerning the “non-freudian father issue” he’s dubbed “The Issac Complex” — “this father issue centers around the father’s betrayal and abandoning of the child.”

Wilson notes: “Given the Gnostic themes of the show it behooves me to point out that the ultimate example of the bad dad theme would be the Gnostic Demiurge or the bad creator god.”

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Mexico’s Senate OKs Bill to Legalize Drug Possesion

Mexico’s Senate approved a bill on Tuesday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of narcotics for personal use, in order to free resources to fight violent drug cartels.

The bill, proposed by conservative President Felipe Calderon, would make it legal to carry up to 5 grams (0.18 ounces) of marijuana, 500 milligrams (0.018 ounces) of cocaine and tiny quantities of other drugs such as heroin and methamphetamines.

Mexico’s Congress passed a similar proposal in 2006 but the bill was vetoed by Calderon’s predecessor Vicente Fox, under pressure from the United States, which said it would increase drug abuse, but now is worried by the drug-related violence along its border.

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The Lost Inventions of Buckminster Fuller

Trevor Blake concludes his series of essays on the patents of Buckminster Fuller. Blake has documented several instances in which Fuller claimed inventions which were not his own. “Buckminster Fuller described himself as a ‘terrific package of experiences.’ The record of Fuller’s uncredited duplication of prior work suggests that he was at times a terrific package of other people’s experiences.”

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End the University as We Know It

Mark C. Taylor, the chairman of the religion department at Columbia, rips graduate programs a new one: “The dirty secret of higher education is that without underpaid graduate students to help in laboratories and with teaching, universities couldn’t conduct research or even instruct their growing undergraduate populations.” He then offers up some solutions that tenured professors ain’t gonna like.

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