The God Chemical: Brain Chemistry And Mysticism
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
May 18, 2009
For much of the 20th century, mainstream science shied away from studying spirituality.
Sigmund Freud declared God to be a delusion, and others maintained that God, if there is such a thing, is beyond the tools of science to measure.
But now, some researchers are using new technologies to try to understand spiritual experience. They’re peering into our brains and studying our bodies to look for circumstantial evidence of a spiritual world. The search is in its infancy, and scientists doubt they will ever be able to prove — or disprove — the existence of God.
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Vice is one of those free publications that one finds once in a while on a doorstep and it is magic. Crazy, wild, kind of funny and kind of mean, Vice Magazine is a Vice. An old copy resurfaced during some end-of-the-season cleaning, and as I re-read a couple of articles that only received a cursory glance before, I noticed that Vice has got a “TV” thing going on. VBS.TV
My intention was to watch a documentary about forensic anthropology, but upon entering the site was immediately drawn into “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia”. Remember the “Nice, Thick, Uncut 12-Inch Shroom”? Yes, the very same (Hamilton).
“There is an Amazonian frog called Phyllomedusa Bicolor or the Sapo which I have been reading about for years. It is totally different from the psychedelic toads found in North America. The Sapo’s venom produces an effect much closer to morphine than LSD, but really it’s not like either of those things. It’s a distinctly vomitous dissociative experience unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered.
There has been a lot written about the chemistry of the venom, and it has been said to have a diverse array of effects. Some people think it’s a miracle opioid which will yield…” more
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possibly the best article I’ve ever read…
A NICE, THICK, UNCUT 12-INCH SHROOM – PART 1
BY HAMILTON MORRIS
PHOTOS BY MAGGIE LEE
There is a mythical shroom that is unlike any other shroom. For, you see, this mushroom looks like a penis—not just a little bit like a penis, as many mushrooms do, but exactly like a penis. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? And although mushrooms usually spring forth from the earth as if from the toes of the gods, the penis mushroom is about as natural as a cocker spaniel. In other words, it’s totally man-made and if it were ever placed in the wild it would die instantly.
So what is this magic little cock-looking guy all about? Where did it come from? Who made it? I recently sought to answer these questions and was met with a dizzying world of magic, lies, and unsolved murder. And I was tripping balls the whole time, too. read more at Vice Magazine
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13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
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An interesting article posted at Reality Sandwich:
Psychedelics in Light of the Yoga Sutras
…and just for fun, Hunter S. Thompson’s “Wave Speech” in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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