Peyote on the Brain Peyote on the Brain Is the Secret to Alcoholism and Other Addictions Locked Up in the Hallucinogenic Drugs? John HorganDiscover Magazine February 2003 Even with several tablespoons of peyote in me, by 3 in the morning I'm fading. A barrelchested man wearing a checked shirt and cowboy boots stands over the cedarwood fire and murmurs a prayer in Dine, the Navajo language. My guide to the etiquette of peyote ceremonies is John Halpern, a 34-year-old psychiatrist from Harvard Medical School. Coined in 1956 from the Greek roots for "mind revealing," the term psychedelic refers to the broad range of drugs that include peyote, LSD, and psilocybin, the primary active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms. While recognizing that psychedelics are toxic substances that should not be treated lightly, Halpern thinks some of the drug compounds could have beneficial uses. The power of these ceremonies, Halpern tells me later, is only partly pharmacological.
Towards an anthropological definition of religion - Guido Verboom | Mongoluls.Net By Guido Verboom Religion has been a topic of interest in the anthropological field since the early years. It is sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832 - 1917), who is considered as the founding father of the anthropological study of religion. He saw religion as a way to understand the unexplainable (Kottak 260). Nowadays the phenomena religion is seen as a cultural universal (van Beek 1982: 3)(Kottak: 260)(Morris: 1). But the concept of religion arguably not. In classical anthropology the definitions tend to focus on religion in `traditional´ societies. a unified set of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things set apart and forbidden, - beliefs and practices which unite [into] one single moral community, all those who adhere to them (Durkheim  1964: 37 cited in Morris 1987). What also is worth noting is that he takes religion as being both believe and practice. Another definition is by Clifford Geertz. Guido Verboom Selected Bibliography Baal, J. v. and W.
Magic Mushrooms | Drug Addiction & Abuse | Facts & Information Magic Mushrooms What Are Magic Mushrooms? Magic mushrooms can be eaten raw or they can be cooked or stewed into a tea and drunk; they can also be dried and then stored. Magic Mushroom Street Names Liberties, magics, mushies, liberty cap, psilcybe semilanceata, psilcybin, shrooms, Amani agaric, Fly Agaric Appearance and Use Psilcybin mushrooms are small and tan coloured and bruise blue when they're touched. The biggest danger with taking any magic mushrooms is making sure you're taking the right thing. Magic Mushroom's Effects Both types of mushroom give you a trip. How the trip goes has everything to do with who you are, how you're feeling and how comfortable you are with the people you are with. - You're not in complete control of what you're doing. - Both mushrooms can make you feel sick, tired and disoriented. - Amanita's can make you nervous, twitchy and cold. - Amanita's can make make you feel so withdrawn inside your own head that you can't hold a sensible conversation. Reference: NIDA
An Argument Against the Existence of God “God is great… God is good,” are familiar phrases frequently said at the dinner table. God is a being— an idea— that provides comfort and happiness to many people’s existence. Discussing the existence or nonexistence of God is one of the most likely ideas to erupt an argument. God’s existence cannot be proven with any empirical evidence nor can its function as a creator be rationalized; thus, its existence cannot be assumed except by a leap of faith. Those who believe in God have often argued that God exists because he must have created the universe. Science explains and rationalizes the laws of our natural world. Religion, the foremost proponent of God’s existence, asks it followers to accept God’s existence based on faith. Presupposing God’s existence, He/She/It would have predestined the lives of every individual. Aquinas, Thomas.
Damage ! Experience Vaults: Inhalants - Glue - Citation: William. "Passing the Course: An Experience with Inhalants - Glue (ID 57668)". Erowid.org. Jun 9, 2007. erowid.org/exp/57668 [Erowid Warning: Our understanding of the literature is that there is no such thing as safe use of volatile solvents, aerosols and other street inhalants : their psychoactive effects are inseparable from nerve and organ damage. I have written a story about glue sniffing and out of body experiences, which is an account of the various sensations during a four-year period in my life. My interest in schoolwork dwindled during the first two terms of the second year. I had known of the term glue sniffing, but that was the extent of my knowledge. It was decided the beach would be the best spot for its use, with least disturbances. Having settled down on the steps he gave me a brief description on how to use the substance. Whilst on these steps, in the background I could hear the sound of an ice cream van, or so it first appeared.
Five Major Misconceptions about Evolution Five Major Misconceptions about Evolution Copyright © 1995-1997 by Mark Isaak[Last Update: October 1, 2003] large part of the reason why Creationist arguments against evolution can sound so persuasive is because they don't address evolution, but rather argue against a set of misunderstandings that people are right to consider ludicrous. The Creationists wrongly believe that their understanding of evolution is what the theory of evolution really says, and declare evolution banished. In fact, they haven't even addressed the topic of evolution. (The situation isn't helped by poor science education generally. The five propositions below seem to be the most common misconceptions based on a Creationist straw-man version of evolution. Evolution has never been observed. "Evolution has never been observed." Biologists define evolution as a change in the gene pool of a population over time. The origin of new species by evolution has also been observed, both in the laboratory and in the wild.
Ketamine and near death experience Back to NDE Page Does Ketamine Produce NDEs? Discussion of this topic can occur in the newsgroup alt.consciousness.near-death-exp It is possible that Ketamine HCL (Ketalar, Vetalar, Ketaset) can induce NDEs. Ketamine is an anaesthetic that is available only to physicians and is "scheduled" in several states. Tunnels, experiencing God (even if it is you) and oneness, meeting others, out-of-body experiences, life-changes (including "values"), sometimes frightening experiences, seeing the future, experiencing a true reality, believing that you have died, and experiencing things that words cannot describe are all common elements of Ketamine and NDE experiences. The life-changing aspects of Ketamine are so strong that research in Russia claims that it is very effective in curing alcoholism, phobias, depression, and neuroses. Words from the Russian researcher Dr. A dose of 50 mg (.7 mg/kg) induces a motion picture of colored images when eyes are closed. Words from other Ketamine experiencers:
The Raving Theist DANGEROUS !!! LSD Out of Body Experience Citation: Ched. "Mind-Blowingly Intense Out of Body Experience: An Experience with LSD (ID 2690)". Erowid.org. Feb 3, 2001. erowid.org/exp/2690 My trip started out as usual. I began to feel really dizzy, so i relaxed and took in a deep breath. My leg only spasmed for about 5 seconds, but as i regained control of my body, i was still completely and utterly confused about my surroundings. After i figured out what instigated the experience, i walked back up to the field to re-attempt it. I told some of my friends and we agreed to try it again under the supervision of each other. Experience Reports are the writings and opinions of the individual authors who submit them.