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Psychoactive Sermon #3: Ensnared by the Gaze of the Acid Christ

Join me as I rant about:

Organized religion and how it relates to the spiritual retardation of modern culture.

How Christianity is the ONLY spiritual practice I’ve experimented with that demonstrably didn’t work.

Why religious people have a fundamentally more accurate view of the spiritual world than hardcore atheists.

Making a connection with the symbol of the weeping Christ in the midst of an LSD fueled sex marathon.

And most importantly:

How I spontaneously developed a “personal relationship with Jesus” during an epic wine bender.

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How Julian Jaynes’ famous 1970s theory about consciousness is faring in the neuroscience age.

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Julian Jaynes, author of The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mindis well known for his controversial theory that consciousness in humans began only 3,000 years ago.

At Nautlius, Veronique Greenwood analyzes Jaynes’ thesis and its continued impact in philosophy and neuroscience circles:

In the beginning of the book, Jaynes asks, “This consciousness that is myself of selves, that is everything, and yet nothing at all—what is it? And where did it come from? And why?” Jaynes answers by unfurling a version of history in which humans were not fully conscious until about 3,000 years ago, instead relying on a two-part, or bicameral, mind, with one half speaking to the other in the voice of the gods with guidance whenever a difficult situation presented itself. The bicameral mind eventually collapsed as human societies became more complex, and our forebears awoke with modern self-awareness, complete with an internal narrative, which Jaynes believes has its roots in language.

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Philosophy Recap: Quantum Approaches to Consciousness

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Via The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

It is widely accepted that consciousness or, more generally, mental activity is in some way correlated to the behavior of the material brain. Since quantum theory is the most fundamental theory of matter that is currently available, it is a legitimate question to ask whether quantum theory can help us to understand consciousness. Several programmatic approaches answering this question affirmatively, proposed in recent decades, will be surveyed. It will be pointed out that they make different epistemological assumptions, refer to different neurophysiological levels of description, and use quantum theory in different ways. For each of the approaches discussed, problematic and promising features will be equally highlighted.

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Memories Can Survive Cryogenic Preservation

Richard Gray via Daily Mail:

It is a technology that has remained firmly in the realms of science fiction, but new research has provided hope for those hoping to be revived after being cryogenically frozen.

The study claims to have shown for the first time that memories formed before an animal has been frozen can survive intact after it has been thawed.

While the experiments were carried out in an organism with a somewhat simpler brain than humans – nematode worms – they answer an important question about the cryogenic process.

Overall there are not many creatures capable of being revived after being cryogenically frozen, and it has never been successfully achieved with any mammal.

However, if they could be reanimated, scientists have questioned whether the memory and personality of someone who had gone through the process would remain the same.

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Flowing Into Fear w/ The Dream Warrior, Rory Mac Sweeney ~ ATTMind Radio ep. 7

#ATTMindRadio ep 7 Rory Mac Sweeney promo photoThis week’s guest is Dr. Rory Mac Sweeney, The Dream Warrior.

Lucid Dreaming expert, host of the Reality Check Podcast, completive martial artist, and doctor (say what?), Rory brings an amazing selection of insight to the show this week.

From his website: Dr Rory Mac Sweeney is an explorer of the Dream World. After over 20 years of martial arts training and achieving 2 European gold medals, he has fashioned his understanding of the ever elusive mind-body problem into a deep understanding, one which he believes must be experienced to be understood.

Listen to this week’s episode of #ATMindRadio where we dive into The Warrior Psyche, “flowing into fear”, lucid dreaming as a practice of consciousness expansion, entities in the dream world and a “theory of everything”.

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Dreaming Of Paradox

photo credit: James W. Jesso

photo credit: James W. Jesso

Originally Published On Adventures Through The Mind

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I’ve been having this reoccurring sensation; a feeling that the reality I experience as my waking life is really a dream that I am just about to wake from.

I start to get a light glimpse of each person within this waking reality – directly present and historically referenced – to be dream characters and creations of my mind. Like a wonderfully sewn yarn, each character in this unfolding dreamscape has become present at the exact moment necessary to further me along a process of awakening to this truth.

Simultaneous to this sense of pending lucidity, there exists a grand paradox of perception; an equally profound but significant counter observation. Though “I” am the only being that exists and all of waking reality is the illusion of my dream constructed around me in an unfolding process intended to slowly awaken me to my true existence, I can feel that every other person that exists – though to my perception is only a fragment of my greater mind – is actually in the same state of awakening as “I” am.… Read the rest

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Psychedelics, Consciousness, and the Birth of Civilization

I’ve been very lucky; I feel I’ve been blessed; I’ve lived a blessed life. I’m grateful to the universe for giving me the chance to live this life.

But why am I here? Why are you here? Why are we all here on planet earth? Why are we conscious? What are our lives for?

In answer to such questions, I can’t offer any facts. I can only give you my view, which is that this world is a theatre of experience and that consciousness is fundamentally nonphysical and one of the driving forces of the universe like gravity or electricity. My guess is that consciousness has chosen to manifest in physical form and perhaps has invested in a very long process of manifes­tation on the earth—a four-and-a-half-billion-year process using evolution.


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So . . . I’m not against evolution. Evolution is obvious. It’s a fact.… Read the rest

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Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

The black dots correspond to the 264 areas of the cerebral cortex that the researchers probed, and the lines correspond to the increased strength of the functional connections between each of these brain areas when subjects consciously perceive the target. The "hotter" colors are associated with stronger connections. This figure illustrates that awareness of the target corresponds to widespread increase in the strength of functional connections (Credit: Marois / Godwin).

The black dots correspond to the 264 areas of the cerebral cortex that the researchers probed, and the lines correspond to the increased strength of the functional connections between each of these brain areas when subjects consciously perceive the target. The “hotter” colors are associated with stronger connections. This figure illustrates that awareness of the target corresponds to widespread increase in the strength of functional connections (Credit: Marois / Godwin).

Melanie Moran Via Medical Express:

Where in your brain do you exist? Is your awareness of the world around you and of yourself as an individual the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come from a broad network of neural activity? How does your brain produce awareness?

Vanderbilt University researchers took a significant step toward answering these longstanding questions with a recent imaging study, in which they discovered global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.

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The Book of the Law & the Gnostic Concept of the Holy Trinity

darksideofthesun1If you’ll recall, about a month ago I read Gary Lachman’s new book about Aleister Crowley (totally worth checking out) and ranted off about how I personally can’t stand the self-proclaimed Great Beast. But I must confess that my motivations for being that snarkingly harsh were quite similar to why I was such a Christianity-hating, angry, metal dude in my late teens and early twenties (it was the 90’s after all). I grew up believing in the church. When I got older, I started contemplating it a bit more and realized that I literally couldn’t go all-in believing in dogmas. I was pissed. This happened to me quite some time ago with Crowley, but dealing with dicks on the internet, the sorry state of the modern Occult, and reading Lachman’s book rekindled the fire.

In the course of all this, something quite interesting did go down, though. While bored at work one day, I pulled up a PDF of The Book of the Law, which I hadn’t read in about 6 years.… Read the rest

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