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Graham Hancock recently blogged for boingboing on the recent resurgence of the use of psychedelic drugs in medical research. Now there is an exhibit in London at the Wellcome Collection entitled “High Society.” The official description says:
From ancient Egyptian poppy tinctures to Victorian cocaine eye drops, Native American peyote rites to the salons of the French Romantics, mind-altering drugs have a rich history. ‘High Society’ will explore the paths by which these drugs were first discovered – from apothecaries’ workshops to state-of-the-art laboratories – and how they came to be simultaneously fetishised and demonised in today’s culture.
Jake Wallis Simons reviews the exhibit for the Telegraph:
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…this Thursday, the Wellcome Trust will open the doors on High Society, an exhibition exploring the history of mind-altering drugs. In keeping with the Wellcome ethos, the exhibition blends a scientific and cultural approach, with curiosities such as a 20 metre opium pipe – an installation by the Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping – sitting alongside more scientific (if no less bizarre) exhibits, such as a Nasa experiment that studied the strange webs spiders spin after they are given different types of drugs.
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In Entangled, Graham Hancock’s debut novel, an essential part of the story involves the so-called “Neanderthal Enigma,” a raging academic debate over what caused Homo neanderthalensis to die out some 35,000 years ago. Hancock’s Neanderthals, called the “Uglies,” play an important role in Entangled. They are depicted as gentle, sensitive, telepathic, creative: They did not make cave paintings but they did use makeup.
Shocking new scientific research suggests that Hancock’s depiction of Neanderthals may be far closer to the truth than even he may have thought. Jennifer Viegas reports for Discovery News via MSNBC:
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Neanderthals are often depicted as brutish club wielders, but a new book suggests Neanderthals had a sensitive side, displaying “a deep seated sense of compassion.”
The findings, also published in the journal Time & Mind, are part of a larger study charting how empathy and other related feelings evolved in early humans.
In Graham Hancock’s new book, Entangled, one of the intriguing themes is the so-called “Neanderthal Enigma.” But, while much of the latest research on Homo neanderthalensis is reflected in Entangled, a new study reported in the New York Times suggests that this extinct member of the Homo genus may have met its demise from climate change, not from Homo sapiens:
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Homo sapiens may not have pushed Neanderthals to extinction, as some scientists have hypothesized; it may have been the weather that did them in.
Volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago devastated Neanderthals in Western Asia and in Europe, anthropologists report in Current Anthropology.
Naomi Cleghorn, an anthropologist at the University of Texas at Arlington, and colleagues studied a Neanderthal site in the Caucasus Mountains of southwestern Russia. They were able to identify volcanic ash from two separate eruptions that occurred in the area between 45,000 and 40,000 years ago.
Reality Sandwich invites you to embark on a five-day transformative journey into the mystical realms of tomorrow at our RS Fall Retreat, Dimensional Shift. Explore, discuss, and manifest new dimensions of possibilities with visionary artists and Cosm co-founders Alex and Allyson Grey, renowned “Fingerprints of the Gods” author and “Inter-dimensional Indiana Jones” Graham Hancock, “Heaven’s Mirror” photographer Santha Faila, RS publisher and digital democracy pioneer Ken Jordan, Evolver.net director and Bioenergetic healer Jonathan Talat Phillips, and RS creative director and Universus artist Michael Robinson. Mitch Shultz, director of “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” will host a special screening and Q&A about the film; sculpture artist Harlan Emil Gruber will have us soaking up the “evolving energies” and sacred geometry of the Earth with his Sapphire Portal, and Scott Whitaker will spin electrifying dance beats with his mobile, solar-powered DJ booth and art installation, The Solar Saucer.… Read the rest
The web-magazine Reality Sandwich is hosting a contest for inspired “evolutionaries” to win a free ticket to their “Dimensional Shift” Fall Retreat with Supernatural author Graham Hancock and visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey.
To enter, simply create an Evolver video or blog entry saying why the retreat would be a life-changing, “galactivating” event for you. Entries can be funny, serious, cosmic, or tricksterlicious. Give these posts your own creative swagger, sharing your personal desires, wishes, and gifts for embarking on this transformational journey in one of the most beautiful spots in the American Southwest.
Videos should be under 2 minutes and posted in the blog section of Evolver.net (just look for the “Video” field). Blogs should be less than 500 words. Once your video or blog is up on Evolver.net, send the link to all your friends, family members, and community allies to “grok” (vote). The entry with the most groks wins free entry to the retreat (a camping ticket; travel not included). … Read the rest