Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dr. John C. Lilly: Center of the Cyclone

In this new-paradigm classic of scientific research, Dr. John C. Lilly shares his ground-breaking theory of the interaction between the mind and the brain. Using his personal experiments in solitude, isolation, and confinement, he combines these states with LSD, mysticism, and other catalysts to gain a new understanding into the inner spaces of the human consciousness.
Dr. Lilly details his experiences in researching the far-out spaces and demonstrates how he programs such spaces and experiences through his method of self-metaprogramming.
Displaying a frankness that is refreshingly objective, The Center of the Cyclone offers a rational scientific explanation of how the mind works in those special states of consciousness.
Using Gurdjieff's Vibration Numbers which can be compared to Leary's 8 Circuit Model, Dr. Lilly helps us nagivate inner space.

"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind, there are no limits."

Ron Paul and Glen Beck on the Federal Reserve

Ron Paul and Glen Beck on the Federal Reserve

Dean Radin: East Meets West

Dean Radin: East Meets West

Dean Radin (born February 29, 1952) is a researcher and author in the field of parapsychology. He is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, in Petaluma, California, USA, on the Adjunct Faculty at Sonoma State University, on the Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, and former, four-time President of the Parapsychological Association.

He earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and earned both a master's degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He worked at AT&T Bell Labs and GTE Labs, mainly on human factors of advanced telecommunications products and services, and then held appointments at Princeton University, Edinburgh University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, SRI International, Interval Research Corporation, and Boundary Institute. At these facilities he was engaged in basic research on exceptional human capacities, principally psi phenomena.

Official site - Entangled Minds blog - Wikipedia page - Online videos

The Yes Men - Dow Chemicals

The Yes Men - Dow Chemicals

Keep watching till the end, it's funny.

Here's a full docu on the hilarious activism of the Yes Men

Richard Dawkins: Dogmatic Materialism ftw

I watched Richard Dawkins - The Enemies Of Reason - Part1 - Slaves to Superstition yesterday and thought it was mostly ridiculous and unnecessary. Richard Dawkins starts out very fair and takes on some easy targets like pop astrology and dowsing, and also does some great work together with Derren Brown exposing Cold Readers - who I can't stand for their shamelessness. But then finishes up talking about the internet and how "anti-semites are now blaming jews for 9/11 disregarding the evidence and connecting with each other much easier now." (paraphrased) Oh and that's reason? Nice investigation Richard, would this be ignorance, bs censoring or agenda pushing conspiratorial on your part? :p

Frankly what all these proponents of reason don't realize, is that reason is just one form of intelligence and while absolutely necessary in this world, when used alone a cold and boring one at that. These reason proponents to me are just dogmatic materialists. It's not about debunking all 'irrational' activity on earth, it's to defend their materialist belief system, what you see is what you get BS - just as emotionally (and irrationally) as people with non-rational belief systems, discarding or belittling evidence that disputes their findings. Like all the scientific advances regarding consciousness, like Dawkins will touch those. And anything relating to consciousness like intuitive, shamanic or spiritual experiences are discarded by an old paradigm way of thinking.

"The materialist fundamentalists are funnier than the Christian fundamentalists, because they think they're rational!" Robert Anton Wilson

Besides, South Park has even shown how in their Wii episode that in the future even an entire Earth population of atheists can still be as divided by their different atheist Belief Systems as any other collection of BS ;p

Daily Dedroidify: The trial of Socrates & the shameful ignorance of fear of death.

Daily Dedroidify: The trial of Socrates & the shameful ignorance of fear of death.

In 399 BC The Athenian public court was induced by three leading public figures to try Socrates for corrupting the minds of the young by teaching them to question anything, and of atheism; believing in supernatural things of his own invention instead of the gods recognised by the State. Hidden behind these accusations was the ego of the elite, who resented Socrates because their reputations for wisdom and virtue were debunked by him.

By a very narrow margin, the jury of 501 Athenians found him guilty. Next, Socrates and his prosecutor suggested competing sentences. Socrates openly mocked the court and jokingly suggested free meals at the Prytaneum, but then finally settled on the insultingly small fine of thirty minae. His prosecutor urged death and so he was found guilty as charged. Socrates chose drinking hemlock poison to be his death sentence, a slow working poison, so he could speak to his students for some more time. As is shown in the painting.

Socrates' belief in the purity and goodness of the soul is truly revealed when he responds to his verdict. He accepts the verdict with composure, as he had anticipated this. Socrates tells the jury that he cannot be harmed by the so-called punishment of death. It is only his physical body that can die, but his true nature is an eternal soul made of purity and goodness. His soul cannot be vanquished. He makes it clear that despite the court's verdict he will not resort to dramatic emotions or petition to live even a little longer.

"To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?"

See Plato's Apology for the trial. Socrates has been revered since his execution as a beacon of free speech. The execution was delayed for a month so he had ample time to escape. Socrates's followers encouraged him to flee (see: Crito), and indeed the city fathers expected this and were probably not averse to it; but he refused on principle and took the poison hemlock himself. Apparently in accordance with his philosophy of obedience to law, he carried out his own execution, by drinking the hemlock poison provided to him. He was, thus, one of the first of a limited number of strictly intellectual "martyrs". Socrates died at the age of 70. (See: Phaedo) As Plato describes it, Socrates' last day on earth was spent discussing the the question of the immortality of his soul with his friends Cebes and Simmias.

There's a story of Chaerephon, who went to the Oracle at Delphi, to ask if anyone in the land was wiser than Socrates. When Chaerephon reported to Socrates that the god told him there is none wiser, Socrates saw this as a "divine mission" to find someone wiser than himself.

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5 posts a day got the most votes. But the most people voted for more than five posts. So I will try to post between 5 and 10 a day. Though this may vary greatly.