Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jacque Fresco: Science and War

Jacque Fresco: Science and War

NeuroSoup Trip Report Project

The main purpose of the NeuroSoup Trip Report Project is to begin to collectively map out the transcendental states of consciousness that link us all together as one Great Being. The altered states of consciousness achieved through the use of entheogens can enable people, at any stage of spiritual development, to have peak experiences. These peak experiences can result in direct spiritual/transcendental experiences that are very similar to the direct spiritual/transcendental experiences described by the world's religions.
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NeuroSoup Trip Report Project

Leary & McKenna podcasts

McKenna: “Shamanism”
(& Pallamary: “Spirit Matters”)

"Shamanism is not some obscure concern of cultural anthropologists. Shamanism is how religion was practiced for its first million years. Up until about 12,000 years ago there was no other form of religion on this planet. That was how people attained some kind of access to the sacred."

"The sine qua non for obtaining a psychedelic experience is humbling yourself to the point where you admit that you must submit to the experience of the plant or the drug. This act of surrender is the major technical function you will be called upon to perform during the psychedelic trip."

"Cultural conditioning is like bad software. Over and over it’s diddled with and re-written so that it can just run on the next attempt. But there is cultural hardware, and it’s that cultural hardware, otherwise known as authentic being, that we are propelled toward by the example of the shaman and the techniques of the shaman. … Shamanism therefore is a call to authenticity."

"The same organizational principles which called us forth into self-reflection have called forth self-reflection out of the planet itself. And the problem then is for us to suspect this, act on our suspicion, and be good detectives, and track down the spirit in its lair. And this is what shamans are doing. They are hunters of spirit."

"I don’t believe that shamanism without hallucinogens is authentic shamanism or comfortable shamanism."

"Don’t diddle the dose. Once you have done your homework, go for it."

Leary: “The Cyber Society”

"We know that typically the real changes in human nature, the changes in human politics and economics and society, are brought about by two things: By people who have a map or a vision or a model of where we’re going to go, these are the philosophers. And then the technicians, the people who get together the printing presses, or the compasses, or the high technology that can take us where we want to go."

"Viewed in the 1930s, when Einstein came to America, he was considered as far out as a crack dealer."

"Heisenberg taught us to take the universe very personally … in both senses of the word."

"So who? Who’s gonna prepare a civilization of factory workers and farmers and people who haven’t even got the Model T Ford yet? Who’s gonna prepare them for an Einsteinian, relativistic, quantum physical, ever-changing, probabilistic universe? Who? Well you know who you can count on at every time in human history when we had to make a big philosophic lurch forward. Who always came to the front and saved the day and made us feel happy and comfortable with a new future? I’m talking about those friends of ours who have always been around when we needed them, the musicians, and the artists, and the poets, and the writers, and the bards, and the performers, and the storytellers, and, OK, the minstrels, the rock n’ rollers. Right! The actors, the script writers."

"The whole 20th Century, to me, is the story of how artists and writers prepared us to be comfortable in a quantum-physical world."

"We’re talking about a generation of people who, since the time they were born, have been inundate by data, electronic data. To the Baby Boomers and subsequent generations electronic data is the ocean they swim in."

"The Cyber Society is a society made up of individuals who think for themselves, linked up with other individuals who think for themselves."

Thanks to Psychedelic Salon (amazing archive of podcasts)

A No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation: No Gurus and No B.S.

A No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation: No Gurus and No B.S.

What is your personal Meaning of Life?

What is your personal Meaning of Life?

Little Buddha

Little Buddha Part 10

Awesome movie with Keanu Reeves as the Buddha lol, with the Buddha's story interwoven with a contemporary Buddhist tale and also featuring Bridget Fonda & Chris Isaak. The movie is entirely on YouTube

Daily Dedroidify: Follow the white Rabbit

Daily Dedroidify: Follow the white Rabbit
Of the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Down the Rabbit-Hole - the Chapter 1 title, has become a popular term for going on an adventure into the unknown.

"But I think - nay, I am sure - that some children will read this gently and lovingly, and in the spirit in which I have written it. For I do not believe God means us thus to divide life into two halves - to wear a grave face on sunday, and to think it out-of-place to even so much as mention Him on a week-day. Do you think He only cares to see only kneeling figures, and to hear only tones of prayer - and that He does not also love to see the lambs leaping in the sunlight, and to hear the merry voices of the children, as they roll among the hay? Surely their innocent laughter is as sweet in His ears as the grandest anthem that ever rolled up from the 'dim religious light' of some solemn cathedral?
Surely your gladness need not be the less for the thought that you will one day see a brighter dawn than this - when lovelier sights will meet your eyes than any waving trees or rippling waters - when angel-hands shall undraw your curtains, and sweeter tones than ever loving Mother breathed shall wake you to a new and glorious day - and when all the sadness, and the sin, that darkened life on this little earth, shall be forgotten like the dreams of a night that is past!"

Your affectionate friend,
Lewis Carroll

"I don't REJOICE in insects at all," Alice explained, "because I"m rather afraid of them--at least the large kinds.
But I can tell you the names of some of them."
"Of course they answer to their names?" the Gnat remarked carelessly.
"I never knew them do it."
"What's the use of their having names the Gnat said, "if they won't answer to them?"
"No use to THEM," said Alice; "but it's useful to the people who name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?"
"I can't say," the Gnat replied. "Further on, in the wood down there, they've got no names--however, go on with your list of insects: you're wasting time."

"That's the effect of living backwards," the Queen said kindly: "it always makes one a little giddy at first--"
"Living backwards!" Alice repeated in great astonishment. "I never heard of such a thing!"
"--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways."
"I'm sure MINE only works one way." Alice remarked. "I can't remember things before they happen."
"it's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.

"What sort of things do YOU remember best?" Alice ventured to ask.
"Oh, things that happened the week after next," the Queen replied in a careless tone. "For instance, now,"
she went on, sticking a large piece of plaster [band-aid] on her finger as she spoke ...
She bound the plaster round her finger with a bit of ribbon.
Alice was just beginning to say "There's a mistake somewhere--," when the Queen began screaming so loud that she had to leave the sentence unfinished.
"Oh, oh, oh!" shouted the Queen, shaking her hand about as if she wanted to shake it off. "My finger"s bleeding! Oh, oh, oh, oh!"
Her screams were so exactly like the whistle of a steam-engine, that Alice had to hold both her hands over her ears.
"What IS the matter?" she said, as soon as there was a chance of making herself heard. "Have you pricked your finger?"
"I haven't pricked it YET," the Queen said, "but I soon shall-- oh, oh, oh!"
"When do you expect to do it?" Alice asked, feeling very much inclined to laugh.
"When I fasten my shawl again," the poor Queen groaned out: "the brooch will come undone directly. Oh, oh!" As she said the words the brooch flew open,
and the Queen clutched wildly at it, and tried to clasp it again.
"Take care!" cried Alice. "You're holding it all crooked!" And she caught at the brooch; but it was too late: the pin had slipped,
and the Queen had pricked her finger.
"That accounts for the bleeding, you see," she said to Alice with a smile. "Now you understand the way things happen here."
"But why don't you scream now?" Alice asked, holding her hands ready to put over her ears again.
"Why, I"ve done all the screaming already," said the Queen. "What would be the good of having it all over again?"
By this time it was getting light.

"Only it is so VERY lonely here!" Alice said in a melancholy voice; and at the thought of her loneliness two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.
"Oh, don't go on like that!" cried the poor Queen, wringing her hands in despair. "Consider what a great girl you are.
Consider what a long way you've come to-day. Consider what o'clock it is. Consider anything, only don't cry!"
Alice could not help laughing at this, even in the midst of her tears. "Can YOU keep from crying by considering things?" she asked.
"That's the way it's done," the Queen said with great decision: "nobody can do two things at once, you know.
Let's consider your age to begin with--how old are you?"
"I'm seven and a half exactly."
"You needn't say 'exactually,'" the Queen remarked: "I can believe it without that. Now I"ll give YOU something to believe.
I'm just one hundred and one, five months and a day."
"I can't believe THAT!" said Alice.
"Can't you?" the Queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."
Alice laughed. "There"s no use trying," she said: "one CAN't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Grimskunk - Mahmoud's Dream (live)

Grimskunk - Mahmoud's Dream (live)

The album Field Trip will blow your mind.