Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Higher Consciousness on Bicycle Day

Evidence for a so-called "higher" (or different) state of consciousness was published today, on the 74th anniversary of the first human LSD experience.

The entropy or diversity of EEG signals has successfully been used as a measure of consciousness, with lower levels indicating sleep or anesthesia and higher levels indicating wakefulness.  Experimenters found that this measure of entropy was higher under the influence of several psychedelics.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Finders Course Techniques and Protocol

This Finders Course Techniques and Protocol post on Reddit contains some of the best estimates about what constitutes the Finders Course.  I have been interested in the course due to both the unusual and specific research efforts and the results of the participants.  The post also contains a reasonable amount of information about the controversial background of the course founder.

I found the group awareness exercise where a small group (over video chat) attempts to discuss awareness itself, to be very interesting, kind of a participatory direct pointing exercise that I felt could be very useful, if a bit difficult.  The videos of this exercise are being rapidly taken down apparently as a result of the post.  2 out of 6 are still available as of this writing.

I had spent a lot of time attempting to suss out the contents of the course myself, and had stumbled onto most of the same material.  In part, it inspired me to provide a bare bones guide to these greatest hits of the meditation world in the Basic Meditation Styles post on the other blog, also linked at the upper right.

Again, what I saw happening in the group awareness exercise, that's a very interesting exercise and it's something that I imagine helps keep people motivated and on track, because it gets people to address the key "direction" of meditation in a very direct way and it provides some social pressure to really delve into it.

I suspect the group activities as well as the weekly accountability and the cost of the program to be vital in motivating people to commit to a substantial amount of daily practice.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dan Harris interviews Shinzen Young

Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier, interviews Shinzen Young. One of the better interviews with Shinzen, an American who became fascinated with Japanese culture at an early age, leading him eventually to Japan and the study of Zen and Shingon. Within Buddhism, Shinzen would be considered one of the pragmatic crowd.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Dan Harris interviews Vince Horn

Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier, interviews Vince Horn, founder of Buddhist Geeks and Meditate.io.  Vince offers up some good content from a pragmatic perspective while describing his experience on the path.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Roland Griffiths on Psilocybin, Psychedelic Therapies & Mystical Experiences

Roland Griffiths on Psilocybin, Psychedelic Therapies & Mystical Experiences (Youtube, 75 minutes) is probably one of the more wide ranging interviews with Griffiths, covering a large breadth of material.  Perhaps a few new scraps in addition to the usual information.  I'm kind of amazed at how prolific Griffiths is with these outreach interviews and talks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mind not confined to body


After much discussion, they decided that a key component of the mind is: “the emergent self-organizing process, both embodied and relational, that regulates energy and information flow within and among us.” It’s not catchy. But it is interesting, and with meaningful implications.

The most immediately shocking element of this definition is that our mind extends beyond our physical selves. In other words, our mind is not simply our perception of experiences, but those experiences themselves. Siegel argues that it’s impossible to completely disentangle our subjective view of the world from our interactions.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tabloid reporting of EEG + Psychedelics

The article "brains of stoned scientists challenge old stereotypes about drugs" reports on several intrepid travelers, including myself, who experimented with various combinations of drugs and EEG biofeedback.  I am slightly dismayed with the spin and slight misquotes, but I guess that's the way it works.  Close enough, I suppose.

Brains of stoned scientists challenge old stereotypes about drugs - See more at: http://www.therooster.com/blog/brains-stoned-scientists-challenge-old-stereotypes-about-drugs#sthash.Zze9ZTYn.dpuf
Brains of stoned scientists challenge old stereotypes about drugs - See more at: http://www.therooster.com/blog/brains-stoned-scientists-challenge-old-stereotypes-about-drugs#sthash.Zze9ZTYn.dpuf