Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ouroboros



Cordylus cataphractus or the armadillo girdled lizard

Brain control headset for gamers


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Gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone. A neuro headset which interprets the interaction of neurons in the brain will go on sale later this year. "It picks up electrical activity from the brain and sends wireless signals to a computer," said Tan Le, president of US/Australian firm Emotiv. "It allows the user to manipulate a game or virtual environment naturally and intuitively," she added.

The brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, which emit an electrical impulse when interacting. The headset implements a technology known as non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) to read the neural activity.

Could spiritual healing actually work?

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... For decades, researchers have dismissed cases such as Ailsa's as pure hokum. But now, in an astonishing about-turn, scientists in the U.S. and UK have compiled a dossier of evidence that might - just might - show that prayer and spiritual healing are not just quackery after all.

Professor Harald Walach, a psychologist from the University of Northampton, says:
"We should take this phenomenon seriously even if we do not understand it. To ignore it would be unscientific. Our work shows that there is a significant effect."

For despite it being the most widely practised alternative remedy, science has only recently begun to investigate whether spiritual healing actually works. Scientists and doctors simply assumed that it didn't.

Fnord!

The scraggly 22-year-old from Newport, Maine, started writing the nonsense word "fnord" on buildings, signs and sidewalks around town in early 2003. He estimates there are now upwards of 1,000 such tags spray-painted and written in marker throughout Portland, and countless more in other parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the word fnord originally appeared in the Principia Discordia, a cult treatise written in 1965. The term was popularized in the Illuminatus! trilogy by sci-fi writers Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. In Shea and Wilson's work, the word is said to appear in newspaper and magazine articles about current events, and to cause a vague sense of unease in readers who've been programmed not to consciously notice it.

Terence McKenna & Timothy Leary Podcasts

Podcasts from the excellent Psychedelic Salon at Matrixmasters.net

Podcast 128 - McKenna: "The State of the Stone"

In this 1995 talk, Terence McKenna gives one of his more hopeful talks about love and the state of humanity at the end of the millenium.

Podcast 127 - Leary: “How To Use Your Head”

"Now from the standpoint of the strategy of the genetic material, every living species is simply a creative solution to a packaging problem."

"This [early imprinting of young ducklings on orange basketballs instead of mother ducks] is both funny and tragic, because it raises the question, in the case of the human being, what accidental orange basketball have you and I been exposed to early in life?"

"At times it seems to us that one of the functions of the mind is to rationalize and protect an accidental early imprint."

"We suggest that psychedelic drugs may be seen as chemical agents which temporarily suspend your old imprints."

"The thing which excites us these days is the corollary concept of psychedelic RE-imprinting."

"I think that anyone who doesn’t experience, at some moment during their psychedelic sessions, and intense awe-full fear has been cheated by their psychiatrist or their bootlegger."

"LSD is the most powerful aphrodisiac ever known to man."