Dirty Pictures Entheogens in the Vajrayana Tradition Warning: datura is an extremely powerful and dangerous hallucinogen. In addition to the dangers inherent in severe hallucinosis, the plant is quite toxic. There have been reports of coma and death resulting from this toxicity.The broad definition of entheogen used here is: "plants or substances capable of producing visionary experiences which are used for magico-religious or psychospiritual purposes." The use of entheogens in the Vajrayana tradition has been documented by such scholars as Ronald M Davidson, William George Stablein, Bulcsu Siklos, David B. Gray, Benoytosh Bhattacharyya, Shashibhusan Das Gupta, Francesca Fremantle, Shinichi Tsuda, David Gordon White, Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, James Francis Hartzell, Edward Todd Fenner, Ian Baker, Dr. Pasang Yonten Arya and numerous others. This investigation has focused primarily on the use of entheogens in the anuttara-yoga-tantra materials especially (but not exclusively) the Yogini-tantras. Partial Bibliographic List of Resources Dr.
Soma among the Armenians, Ethnobotany, Anthropology, Armenian Mythology, Vahagn, Mithra, Mushrooms, Amanita, Iranian Mythology by Robert Bedrosian Download in zip format soma.zip; pdf format soma.pdf Footnotes Page opens in separate window.  Soma was a god, a plant, and an intoxicating beverage. It is referenced in some 120 of 1028 verses of the Indian Rig Veda (mid second millenium B.C.). During the past two hundred years, scholars have tried with varying degrees of success to identify this mysterious plant which was at the base of early Indo-Iranian worship. In Soma Divine Mushroom of Immortality (1968), Wasson argued that the intoxicating plant called soma in the Rig Veda should be identified with the red-capped psychoactive mushroom, Amanita muscaria. In nature, this mushroom begins fruiting as a white "egg" enclosed in the membranous material of the universal veil; the stalk pushes up as it grows, and the distinctive orange-to-red cap appears from behind the veil. Wasson's identification of soma with the Amanita muscaria mushroom has not won universal acceptance. Vahagn Mithra (Arm. What was David doing?
Not Even Wrong: Peter Woit's blog on General Physics While I was away on vacation, the big news in physics was the BICEP2 result on B-modes in the CMB. Maybe it’s just as well I wasn’t available to blog about this, since inflation and cosmology aren’t at all my field of expertise. Now that some of the dust has settled from the media blitz though, I do think it’s worth while to write something here, since there are some aspects of the story where the media coverage could use some extra perspective. First of all, there’s the obligatory caveat about this result not being definitive, which most coverage by scientists has included. Assuming that there really is a primodial gravitational wave signal, this is something that has long been predicted by inflationary models, so is a significant extra piece of evidence for some sort of inflationary scenario. For the implications of this kind of confirmation of inflation, one obvious question is what it means for string theory. Then of course there’s Michio Kaku who at NBC News explains:
Brain scans reveal how LSD affects consciousness Imperial College London Under the influence of LSD, the brain's visual cortex has increased connectivity with other brain regions (right) than when imaged under placebo (left). Researchers have published the first images showing the effects of LSD on the human brain, as part of a series of studies that are examining how the drug causes its characteristic hallucinogenic effects1. David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London who has previously examined the neural effects of mind-altering drugs such as the hallucinogen psilocybin — an active ingredient in magic mushrooms — was one of the study's leaders. Why study the effects of LSD on the brain? For brain researchers, studying how psychedelic drugs such as LSD alter the ‘normal’ brain state is a way to study the biological phenomenon that is consciousness. We ultimately would also like to see LSD deployed as a therapeutic tool. Why hasn’t anyone done brain scans before? Suzanne Plunkett/REUTERS David Nutt. What else?
Entheologues: Conversations with Leading Psychedelic Thinkers, Explorers and Researchers The God Chemical: Brain Chemistry And Mysticism Mathematics: Is God Silent? The Language of Creation- TIC Mathematics: Is God Silent? by James Nickel Mathematics: Is God Silent? answers the question posed in its title with a resounding “No! Nickel explains that the Christian view of mathematics is the only one which explains why mathematical concepts are so practical and useful in the physical world. Nickel points out that secular mathematicians and scientists themselves describe this truth with words such as “incredible,” and “unreasonably effective,” and “mysterious.” The Christian understands that this connection stems from the doctrine of creation: “Man’s mathematical constructions and the workings of the physical world cohere because of a common Creator” (Nickel, xx). The belief that God created the universe in an orderly fashion has inspired the stunning advances in mathematics, science, and technology that have brought Western civilization to the space age and beyond. [L]et this do for our envoi [concluding remarks] concerning the work of God the Creator. Notes:
Pontecorvo–Maki–Nakagawa–Sakata matrix In particle physics, the Pontecorvo–Maki–Nakagawa–Sakata matrix (PMNS matrix), Maki–Nakagawa–Sakata matrix (MNS matrix), lepton mixing matrix, or neutrino mixing matrix, is a unitary matrix[note 1] which contains information on the mismatch of quantum states of leptons when they propagate freely and when they take part in the weak interactions. It is important in the understanding of neutrino oscillations. This matrix was introduced in 1962 by Ziro Maki, Masami Nakagawa and Shoichi Sakata, to explain the neutrino oscillations predicted by Bruno Pontecorvo. The matrix On the left are the neutrino fields participating in the weak interaction, and on the right is the PMNS matrix along with a vector of the neutrino fields diagonalizing the neutrino mass matrix. Based on less current data (28 June 2012) mixing angles are: where NH indicates normal hierarchy and IH inverted hierarchy in the mass spectrum with and These values lead to following PMNS matrices: See also
Gracie's Visible Language Contact Experience We each had taken 150 mg of pure MDA. The differences from MDM are striking: MDA is more hallucinogenic with noticeable closed eye imagery, is a much greater aesthetic enhancer, especially of people and of music; is more euphoric; more "drug-like", a heavier and more obviously body-involved trip. Tactile sensation is more powerful, erotic and noticeable on MDA. Physical effects are more up-front: gastric upset, pupil dilation, water retention, limbic arousal. Copyright March 1985 by Gracie and Zarkov Productions. Stay High and Stay Free,Gracie and ZarkovE=±mc²=Thé Ðëòxÿríßøñµçlëìç HÿÞêrdïmèñsîøñ Home Page Watch Newspapers - TELLURIDE MUSROOM FESTIVAL 2011 Psychoactive Mushrooms and Spiritual Consciousness TELLURIDE MUSROOM FESTIVAL 2011Psychoactive Mushrooms and Spiritual Consciousness AMANITA MUSCARIA – Found in forests throughout the region, contains a neurotoxin that causes the effects of inebriation, derangement of the senses, manic behavior, delirium, and deathlike sleep. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost) slideshow A Quick Rundown of a Very Long History By Eugenia Bone The Telluride Mushroom Festival, despite its happy looniness and general carnival atmosphere, is one of the few mycological gatherings that features talks on entheogens and ethnomycology. Entheogen means “Creates God Within” (from the Greek en = within, theo = god or divine, gen = creates or generates). Most discussion of fungal entheogens is comprised of highly speculative theories regarding the cultural significance of two types of mushrooms: psychoactive mushrooms in the Psilocybe genus, and Amanita muscaria, the iconic red mushroom with the white dots. Fifty years ago, R. In 2006 Dr.
Creation v Discovery | Maths & Statistics Conversations on Mind, Matter and Mathematics Does mathematics have an existence independent of our physical world? Do mathematicians discover theorems, rather than invent them? Such questions have exercised the minds of philosophers and mathematicians since the time of Plato, and many books have addressed the issues. What is unusual and topical about this book is that it records a dialogue between a mathematician, Alain Connes, and a biologist, Jean-Pierre Changeux. Most mathematicians would agree that their subject has evolved from the traditional disciplines of arithmetic and geometry. Any mathematician must sympathise with Connes. But let us imagine that intelligence had resided, not in mankind, but in some vast solitary and isolated jellyfish, deep in the depths of the Pacific. Even more fundamentally, in a purely static universe without the notion of time, causality would disappear and with it that of logical implication and of mathematical proof.