NEUROSCIENTISTS: THIS IS HOW SHROOMS BREAK DOWN YOUR SENSE OF SELF

THIS COULD EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD TRIP AND A BAD TRIP.BY DAN ROBITZSKI / May 27, 2020 (Futurism.com)

Many people who take psychedelic drugs like shrooms or LSD describe one aspect of the experience as a “compromised self of ‘self,’” or a breaking down of the familiar feeling of a boundary between yourself and the universe. It can be a moment of profound breakthrough, or a horrible experience — a “bad trip” — that turns you off the substance forever.

Now, neuroscientists from the Netherlands’ Maastricht University think they’ve uncovered how psilocybin, the active chemical in shrooms, causes that mind-bending sensation that researchers call “ego dissolution” — findings they say could help explain the growing evidence for the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.

Brain scans of subjects dosed with psilocybin, according to research published Saturday in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, reveal that the effect is related to a neurotransmitter called glutamate. In the brain, glutamate acts as a sort of “on switch” in that it helps propagate neural signals traveling across brain cells — and altering how much reaches different areas of the brain, the findings suggest, appear to trigger profound changes in perception.

Put plainly, the study reveals a bizarre fact about our consciousness: altering one biomolecule in our brains can profoundly alter our subjective ability to perceive ourselves and how we experience the world.

Even more provocatively, the study found that the activity levels of glutamate in various brain regions are directly linked to a person’s experience on psilocybin — higher glutamate levels in the medial prefrontal cortex were linked to a negative experience of ego dissolution, while lower levels in the hippocampus were linked to a positive one. And it turns out that psilocybin causes both impacts.

That’s striking, because colloquially speaking, those findings could point to the neurological difference between a “good trip” and a “bad trip.”

While scientists have long suspected that glutamate played a key role in psilocybin’s impact on the brain, this study was the first double-blinded, placebo-controlled experiment to be conducted on human participants that confirmed and further probed that hunch.

Magic mushrooms remain illegal in the vast majority of countries around the world, but in recent years a number of clinical studies in countries where it’s legal, like the Netherlands and Jamaica, have started to probe the drug for medicinal benefits.

Doctors have found evidence that psilocybin could help treat conditions ranging from anorexia to clinical depression and anxiety — and these first-ever human brain scans could help them understand why, at a biological level, that is.

Cornel West: “The conclusion of a practical Aristotelian syllogism is not a proposition. It’s an action. It’s a mode of being in the world”

Ed Mays This talk is an edited for Free Speech TV version of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Lecture given April 26, 2019 at the University of Oregon titled “Race Matters…A Timely Discussion on the Fabric of America. ” The increase of racist incidents in Baltimore, Ferguson, Charlottesville and nationwide, alongside movements such as Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock, has made the need for conversations on race in the United States today one of continued urgency. Dr. Cornel West published the book ‘Race Matters’ in 1993 following the Los Angeles riots, which examined the crisis of black leadership in the United States. “We need to take a critical look at ‘We the People’ through the lens of these complicated issues and make connections about the deep questions of quality of life in this country,” he said. Cornel West is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Harvard Divinity School and the Department of African and African American Studies. He is an ardent political activist, a keen social critic, and a prolific writer. Author of 20 books, his publications include Race Matters (1993); The Future of the Race (1996), written with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto (2014), written with Tavis Smiley. Thanks to the Collins Fund Camera by Pirate TV contributor, Todd Boyle *************************** Pirate TV is a 58 minute weekly TV show that provides the book talk and lecture content for Free Speech TV. Pirate TV challenges the Media Blockade, bringing you independent voices, information and programming unavailable on the Corporate Sponsor-Ship. These posts are for YouTube and are usually longer than the broadcast versions. You will notice that I don’t monetize my videos. I’m irritated by constant interruptions as I’m sure are you, and I would like to have a say over sponsorship. If you would like to pitch in to support this work, consider a donation: http://www.edmaysproductions.net/pira… or PayPal: PirateTVSeattle@gmail.com

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme [Full Album] (1965)

Jazzaddict 98 Please Like, Comment & Subscribe. If you like this album, please consider buying it. Enjoy! Feel free to leave an album request in the comments 🙂 [Tracklist below] Part I – Acknowledgement 0:00 Part II – Resolution 7:42 Part III – Pursuance 15:02 Part IV – Psalm 25:44 Line-up: John Coltrane — bandleader, liner notes, vocals, soprano and tenor saxophone Jimmy Garrison — double bass Elvin Jones — drums McCoy Tyner — piano

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MOONWOBBLE – JUNE 2020

From TheProsperos.org

Peak June 18, 19, 20 – Signs affected: Gemini, Sagittarius; Pisces and Virgo to a lesser degree

Remember that the areas of your horoscope where the affected signs lie will be impacted, even if your Sun is not in one of those signs.

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Energy map by Rick Thomas, H.W., M.

For the USA, the chart for the Moonwobble peak shows every planet except Mercury below the horizon: The focus is inward. In addition, all of the personal planets except Mars will be retrograde: The focus is inward. Moon and Mercury are accented.

On June 12 Mars reaches a conjunction with Neptune and is joined by the 3rd quarter Moon; this configuration squares the Sun which, at that point, is about one week away from the Moonwobble peak. It shows up in the USA 3rd house and signals active deception, challenging the country’s sense of Self. It seems to be home-grown mischief and not something cooked up by foreign powers, which doesn’t mean those powers won’t take advantage of the situation.

By June 19 the Moon has moved on and is unaspected in the Moonwobble chart, as is Mercury. The 6th and 7th houses are prominent in this whole cycle, which began with the New Moon in Gemini on May 22. This signaled the too-rapid and too-manic drive to “open at all costs.” By the time we get to June 19 the picture will look very different and we will be thrown back on ourselves to figure out what comes next. The main focus will be on the weak and vulnerable while innumerable “messages” will be flung about, without reason or purpose.

Significant forces are dedicated to preventing you from getting a clear picture. Use Translation® and Releasing the Hidden Splendour to sift the messages, and your own anxieties. This will deliver you to an intuitive sense of what is right for your specific circumstances.

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Book: “The Nature of Consciousness”

The Nature of Consciousness: Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter

The Nature of Consciousness: Essays on the Unity of Mind and Matter

by Rupert Spira (Goodreads Author) 

Our world culture is founded on the belief that consciousness is derived from matter, giving rise to the materialistic assumption that informs almost every aspect of our lives and is the root cause of the suffering within individuals, the conflicts between communities and nations, and the degradation of our environment. The Nature of Consciousness exposes the fallacy of this belief and suggests that the recognition of the presence, the primacy and the nature of consciousness is the prerequisite for any new paradigm that is to address these issues at their core.

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Will Rogers on truth and politics

Will Rogers

“If you ever injected truth into politics you would have no politics.”

― Will Rogers

William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Wikipedia

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