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The Egg. Author's Note: The Egg is also available in the following languages: The Egg By: Andy Weir You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. And that’s when you met me. “What… what happened?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. “There was a… a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I… I died?” “Yup. You looked around. “More or less,” I said. “Are you god?” “Yup,” I replied. “My kids… my wife,” you said. “What about them?” “Will they be all right?” “That’s what I like to see,” I said. You looked at me with fascination. “Don’t worry,” I said. “Oh,” you said. “Neither,” I said. “Ah,” you said. “All religions are right in their own way,” I said.

You followed along as we strode through the void. “Nowhere in particular,” I said. “So what’s the point, then?” “Not so!” I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “How many times have I been reincarnated, then?” “Oh lots. “Wait, what?” Terence McKenna. Psychedelic drug. LSD is widely known as a psychedelic drug and often features psychedelic artwork on its blotters A psychedelic substance is a psychoactive drug whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception.

Psychedelics are part of a wider class of psychoactive drugs known as hallucinogens, a class that also includes structurally unrelated substances such as dissociatives and deliriants. Unlike other drugs such as stimulants and opioids which induce familiar states of consciousness, psychedelics tend to affect and explore the mind in ways that result in the experience being qualitatively different from those of ordinary consciousness. The psychedelic experience is often compared to non-ordinary forms of consciousness such as trance, meditation, yoga, religious ecstasy, dreaming and even near-death experiences. Many psychedelic drugs worldwide are illegal unless used in a medical context, such as psychedelic therapy Despite these regulations, recreational use of psychedelics is common.

The Doors of Perception. The Doors of Perception is a short book by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1954, detailing his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon, and takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision".[1] He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion. Background[edit] Mescaline (Peyote and San Pedro Cactus)[edit] Mescaline is the principal agent of the psychedelic cactus peyote and San Pedro cactus, which has been used in Native American religious ceremonies for thousands of years.[2] A German pharmacologist, Arthur Heffter, isolated the alkaloids in the peyote cactus in 1891.

Peyote as entheogen drug[edit] Research by Humphry Osmond[edit] Huxley's experience with mescaline[edit] Synopsis[edit] Heaven and Hell (essay) Heaven and Hell is a philosophical essay by Aldous Huxley published in 1956. Huxley derived the title from William Blake's book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. The essay discusses the relationship between bright, colorful objects, geometric designs, psychoactives, art, and profound experience.

Heaven and Hell metaphorically refer to what Huxley conceives to be two contrary mystical experiences that potentially await when one opens the "doors of perception"—not only in a mystical experience, but in prosaic life. In his earlier narrative The Doors of Perception (1954), Huxley recounted in detail his first experience of mescaline. The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, 1954, 1956, Harper & Brothers 1977 Harpercollins (UK), mass market paperback: ISBN 0-586-04437-X1990 Harper Perennial edition: ISBN 0-06-090007-52004 Harper Modern Classics edition: ISBN 0-06-059518-32004 Sagebrush library binding: ISBN 1-4176-2859-6. Solitude and Leadership. Essays - Spring 2010 Print If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts By William Deresiewicz The lecture below was delivered to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2009.

My title must seem like a contradiction. What can solitude have to do with leadership? Leadership is what you are here to learn—the qualities of character and mind that will make you fit to command a platoon, and beyond that, perhaps, a company, a battalion, or, if you leave the military, a corporation, a foundation, a department of government. We need to begin by talking about what leadership really means. So I began to wonder, as I taught at Yale, what leadership really consists of. See, things have changed since I went to college in the ’80s. So what I saw around me were great kids who had been trained to be world-class hoop jumpers. That is exactly what places like Yale mean when they talk about training leaders. So, back to the novel. The Disadvantages of an Elite Education. Exhortation - Summer 2008 Print Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers By William Deresiewicz June 1, 2008 It didn’t dawn on me that there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35.

It’s not surprising that it took me so long to discover the extent of my miseducation, because the last thing an elite education will teach you is its own inadequacy. I’m not talking about curricula or the culture wars, the closing or opening of the American mind, political correctness, canon formation, or what have you. The first disadvantage of an elite education, as I learned in my kitchen that day, is that it makes you incapable of talking to people who aren’t like you. But it isn’t just a matter of class. I also never learned that there are smart people who aren’t “smart.” What about people who aren’t bright in any sense? There is nothing wrong with taking pride in one’s intellect or knowledge.

François Gautier. François Gautier, born 1959 at Fontenay-sous-Bois, in Val-de-Marne, France, is a writer and journalist based in India. He came to India at the age of 19 and spent his first eight years at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the "international city" of Auroville in Tamil Nadu. He has been living in India since the 1970s and is married to an Indian. Gautier is one of the few westerners actively defending the Hindutva movement.[1] Childhood[edit] Francois Joseph Georges Gautier was born on 26 July 1959 at Fontenay-sous-Bois near Paris to Jacques Gautier, an artist in France and Andree Gautier. His uncle was Father Guy Gautier, the parish priest of the beautiful Saint Jean de Montmartre Church in Paris. Career[edit] He wrote for a national daily based in Paris. During the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi, Gautier chanced upon an article on the Games in a French newspaper, which he found to be full of cliches regarding India.

Books in English[edit] Arise O India, Har anand, 2000. Books in French[edit] John Green (author) John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube video blogger and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska,[1] and his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012.[2] Green was born in Indianapolis to Mike and Sydney Green[3] and his family moved three weeks after he was born[4] to Orlando, Florida.[5] He attended Lake Highland Preparatory School and Indian Springs School (which he later used as the main setting for Looking for Alaska),[6] a boarding and day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious Studies.

He has spoken about being bullied as a teenager and how it made life miserable for him.[7] Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, was published by Dutton Children's Books in 2005. (5) What are some useful technical skills I can learn within a day. (5) Life: To 60+ years experienced people, what is your advice for the youth about life. Veer Savarkar | Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Ponzi scheme. 1920 photo of Charles Ponzi, the namesake of the scheme, while still working as a businessman in his office in Boston A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator, an individual or organization, pays returns to its investors from new capital paid to the operators by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the operator.

Operators of Ponzi schemes usually entice new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. The perpetuation of the high returns requires an ever-increasing flow of money from new investors to sustain the scheme.[1] Characteristics[edit] Ponzi schemes sometimes commence operations as legitimate investment vehicles, such as hedge funds. A wide variety of investment vehicles or strategies, typically legitimate, have become the basis of Ponzi schemes. Unraveling of a Ponzi scheme[edit] Similar schemes[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] Bernard Madoff. Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (/ˈmeɪdɒf/;[3] born April 29, 1938) is an American convicted of fraud and a former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market,[4] and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.[5] On December 10, 2008, Madoff's sons told authorities that their father had confessed to them that the asset management unit of his firm was a massive Ponzi scheme, and quoted him as describing it as "one big lie".[14][15][16] The following day, FBI agents arrested Madoff and charged him with one count of securities fraud.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously conducted investigations into Madoff's business practices, but had not uncovered the massive fraud.[8] Early life Career Madoff was chairman of Bernard L. Government access Madoff's brother Peter then served two terms as a member of SIFMA's Board of Directors. Money as Debt 3: Evolution Beyond Money. Debtocracy. For the first time in Greece a documentary produced by the audience. Debtocracy seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media. Debtocracy is a 2011 documentary film by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou. The documentary mainly focuses on two points: the causes of the Greek debt crisis in 2010 and possible future solutions that could be given to the problem that are not currently being considered by the government of the country.

Aris Hatzistefanou, 34, is accustomed to uncomfortable reporting. From the authors: The idea came about during a Sky Radio show on how the Ecuadorian president was responding to the country’s massive debt. Katerina Kitidi – editor in chief of TV XS – and I decided to produce the documentary. It worked very well, we collected 8,000 euros in just 10 days, an unprecedented figure for a country like Greece, facing a serious economic crisis. Watch the full documentary now. Aftermath: Population Zero. Charles Tart. Charles T. Tart (born 1937) is an American psychologist and parapsychologist known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness (particularly altered states of consciousness), as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in scientific parapsychology.

He earned his Ph. D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963.[1] Biography[edit] Charles Tart was born on April 29, 1937 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania and grew up in Trenton, New Jersey. He was active in amateur radio and worked as a radio engineer (with a First Class Radiotelephone License from the Federal Communications Commission) while a teenager. As an undergraduate, Tart first studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before transferring to Duke University to study psychology, on the advice of Dr Rhine of Duke. In his 1986 book Waking Up, he introduced the phrase "consensus trance" to the lexicon. Reception[edit] Pwn2Own. Origins[edit] The first contest was conceived and developed by Dragos Ruiu in response to his frustration with Apple's lack of response to the Month of Apple Bugs and the Month of Kernel Bugs,[2] as well as Apple's television commercials that trivialized the security built into the competing Windows operating system.[3] At the time, there was a widespread belief that, despite these public displays of vulnerabilities in Apple products, OS X was significantly more secure than any other competitors.[4] On March 20, roughly three weeks before CanSecWest that year, Ruiu announced the Pwn2Own contest to security researchers on the DailyDave mailing list.[1] The contest was to include two MacBook Pros that he would leave on the conference floor hooked up to their own wireless access point.

Any conference attendee that could connect to this wireless access point and exploit one of the devices would be able to leave the conference with that laptop. There was no monetary reward. Contest 2007[edit] Buddhist Geeks | Discover the Emerging Face(s) of Buddhism. Value added tax. A value added tax (VAT) is a form of consumption tax. From the perspective of the buyer, it is a tax on the purchase price.

From that of the seller, it is a tax only on the value added to a product, material, or service, from an accounting point of view, by this stage of its manufacture or distribution. The manufacturer remits to the government the difference between these two amounts, and retains the rest for themselves to offset the taxes they had previously paid on the inputs. The purpose of VAT is to generate tax revenues to the government similar to the corporate income tax or the personal income tax. The value added to a product by or with a business is the sale price charged to its customer, minus the cost of materials and other taxable inputs. A VAT is like a sales tax in that ultimately only the end consumer is taxed. Overview[edit] A Belgian VAT receipt. Value added taxes were introduced in part because they create stronger incentives to collect than a sales tax does. What is VAT? And why VAT. Home > Business > Special What is VAT? And why VAT Salil Panchal/Morpheus Inc. in Mumbai | April 12, 2003 Value-Added Tax, one of the most radical reforms to be proposed for the Indian economy, could finally become a reality after four years of political and economic debate.

Yet, the biggest hurdle before the government is not making India 'a common market' through a uniform sales tax structure, but removing a complicated tax structure that also allowed for fraudulent practices. The decision to introduce VAT was publicly discussed first at a conference of state chief ministers and finance ministers in November 1999. At that time, the deadline of April 2002 was agreed upon to bring in VAT. However political instability and a lack of initiative pushed this reform to the backburner. Now a year later, despite a backlash from the trading community and some political circles, there appears to be a realistic scope for VAT to be introduced. Let us explore VAT and what it means. Why VAT is necessary. People of Color Organize — Why Today’s Radicals Must Read Marx’s Das Kapital. Rudolf Bahro. The Revenge of Karl Marx - Christopher Hitchens.

Has Communism Gone From Europe? No, It’s Still Alive And Kicking | Stirring Trouble Internationally - A humorous take on news and current affairs | Stirring Trouble Internationally provides an witty, alternative viewpoint on todays news stories and curren. Why I am a Marxist by Karl Korsch. Karl Korsch. List of historical drama films. Lord of the Ants. Nanavati and jury trials. Judge or Jury? What Will Best Suit India? Jury System vs judge system. Patent troll.