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Monday, December 1st, 2014
7:10 pm
[mos_jkh]
Which came first - the chicken or the egg? (new solution)
Looks like I found a new solution to this old scholastic problem. Never seen such decision in works of Plutarch, Macrobius,
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
5:12 pm
[turboswami]
Thinking Beyond The Brain: The Nervous System and Psychedelics
ON BEING HIGH

The marijuana experience -- or the psychedelic experience, in general -- is not simply an experience of the brain, but an activation of the entire nervous system, of which the brain is merely a part. Granted, this activation of the perceptual system of the brain is mostly what we consider when we consider being high, the "buzz" sensation is, at its core, one of the nervous system of the body; a resonant sensation of the in the cyclical electro-chemical state expressed in the action potential of those circuits of nerve cells. Charged! Fully primed! And ready to sense! ...everything!

This flood of the perceptual system is a rush, with subtle aspects of our surroundings, those we do not usually notice, suddenly becoming apparent in all their vibrancy and interconnectedness. It is in this flood of stimulation that the practice of meditation, and the capacity of sustained focus, should be considered essential. Without focus, the flood of associated concepts, inspiration, and ideas can be an overwhelming one, as in the low latent inhibition scores of the psychotic (Spitzer, 1997).  As if the whole perceptual system is overwhelmed, leaving the victim scatterbrained with loose associations or even totally catatonic; essentially the flood drowns them. As Carson (2011) suggests, a handful of cognitive faculties separate these psychotics from creative geniuses, the measure of one of which is IQ. To have the capacity to parse all of that incoming activating stimulus into an organized understanding of the world (which can then be, more or less, clearly expressed by some medium) is no small mental feat. Likewise, to calm yourself to the level of attention span needed to retain those long delicate though associations could be thought of as high level mental gymnastics, with the creative superstars who can maintain it being something like star athletes of meditation. Carson calls them the "eminent creative achievers" and is able to show, like psychotics, they have a lower LI score -- that is, they have no filter on their perceptual inflow. The flood is coming, whether they can handle it or not; that is the test which separates rockstar professors from neurotic welfare recipients.

At it's core, that flood of nervous activation is what the mystics experienced as a sort of inner radiance, for which words like enlightenment or bliss have been used. Labels aside, this inward visionary experience allows a perspective on self, society, and spirit from which a person can learn a lot. 
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
8:19 pm
[skeeter2321]
How do I make it work?
So I grew up in a tiny, rural, country, southern, conservative town. I had a few bad experiences with religion, who hasn't? I grew up in a Pentecostal church, then started attending a Baptist church at 16, where I had another bad experience. I began looking for a new church. Fast forward to adulthood. I begin attending a Latter Day Saint church (Mormon). Don't get me wrong, there were good people in all three types of churches. The Mormon people are good. A little odd in some ways, yes...but what religion isn't? They're free to live how they see fit, and I am in no place to say otherwise. Well I was baptized into the Mormon church where I met my husband. Overall, I really enjoyed the church and the community. I love my husband dearly. However, I have since graduated from a liberal arts college, finished 2 years of law school, traveled the world, gone from conservative to very liberal, got 5 tattoos, and changed a whole lot. It occurred slowly over a 6-year period. However, my husband was very forceful about religion. I don't respond well to being told how I should live. After him being harsh, forceful, judgmental, and presenting himself as religiously superior and blamed me for the amount he had "fallen," I got fed up and left the church. The falling out has been insane. He yells and tells me I am preventing him from moving forward religiously. He gets crazy anytime I do something against his religion, and he takes my problem with the church very personally and takes it as a personal insult. How in the world do I make this marriage work? He is sweet, caring, and understanding about everything else. But anytime a religious topic comes up period, he loses it. I don't think divorce is the answer, but I'm not sure how to live with a conservative Mormon male, as a liberal, open-minded, spiritual more than religious, stubborn, determined, and feminist ex-Mormon female. How do I make it work?

Current Mood: distressed
Monday, February 25th, 2013
2:24 pm
[geolines]
LOCATION The oldest buildings in the Golden Section - 2

LOCATION The oldest buildings in the Golden Section.

PART 2. Baalbek - Teotihuacan - Tiwanaku - Uluru.






In this article we look at another golden section, which forms a "very, very Baalbeck" with no less majestic Teotihuacan and Tiwanaku. In the analysis of the distances between the main points of the system, it became clear that Baalbek equidistant from the Tiwanaku and Teotihuacan, and, as in the case of the GP, the distances to these objects are very close to the value of the golden section and divide the 180 degrees between Baalbek and its antipode in the golden ratio.

 The most interesting thing is that the center line of the golden section is a line of Baalbek - Uluru, and therefore the point of Uluru and its antipode, also lying on the line, removed the same distance from the Mexican pyramids and complex Tiwanaku. When measuring distances in this combination revealed that Uluru is not just opposite equidistant from Teotihuacan and Tiwanaku, but forms with these points fairly accurate equilateral triangle with sides close to 5150 km. One side of the triangle - the line of Teotihuacan -
Tiwanaku
connecting two golden section, in turn divides the distance between the opposite poles of Baalbek and Uluru in another golden section, up Teotihuacan. If we continue to build this system, the golden section, it turns out that there is a point lying on the line of Teotihuacan - Tiwanaku, equidistant from Uluru and Baalbek in the ¼ circle of the Earth, which can be constructed using only the lines that connect the four key points. This point will be suspended for the pole line - Uluru-Baalbek, and using which you can build a line crossing symmetric system consisting of regular triangles.

Whether the location of the 4 basic objects slightly different, different from the status quo at least one degree, the construction of the system would be impossible, and the lines do not intersect in a well-defined points. That fact, leaves no doubt in the fact that these objects are located on different continents, are part of the same global plan, implemented by unknown creators.

The System is the golden section and right triangles, originally built all of the four key points that has a lot of other laws and are directly related to other reference points of SAMS, such as Stonehenge, Easter Island and the Great Pyramid.

For more details about the system, which is set Baalbek, Teotihuacan, Tiwanaku and Uluru can be found in the new paper, and there, in the bottom of the page, to see an interactive map that shows all the patterns found in this combination.

Argue that these and other regularities observed in the location of the most significant sites of antiquity - accident - means to go against the obvious truth. And if you agree that the ancient pyramids and other monumental buildings are a unified system established by the general plan, unknown and known for what purpose, to represent the new reality, which would require a revision of our history.

This is what we, by the way, almost daily spoken in all the media, but we do not take this information seriously, because It is usually very fantastic for our world, and often does not contain specific facts that can "feel", and the more mathematically check.

 Now the situation has changed. The first time a completely new information we publish on our website in the "HISTORICAL GEODESY" and "THE ALIGNMENTS SYSTEM" First opportunity to combine the most significant historical sites and centers of the greatest civilizations in a single, global network, based on simple geometric principles. Anyone can carry out their own research, and make the necessary measurements to calculate the error. Any person on the basis of our information, you can check whether there is system in the location of certain objects or not, and independently make your own opinion on this subject. The main thing is that the system can learn math and surveying methods, and this is the first time brings a solid scientific basis for many of the arguments for alternative history. Read more
Monday, January 21st, 2013
11:44 am
[geolines]




http://geolines.ru/netcat_files/18/10/h_f37e6fe9bcd90edb20784083aa0794e4Thanks
to that the most considerable constructions of an antiquity were
erected on our planet not chaotically and as
it became clear
, in strictly
certain places and according to the uniform project, the latitudes
and meridians
they set a certain geodetic System by means of which key objects unite
in the general network and wonderfully cooperate among themselves.


In this
publication
we will consider
interaction of lines – the Big circles directlyconnecting the
Great pyramid (GP) to the main points of System. Lines
which connect GP to Teothiuacan,
Uluru,
Stonehenge,
Tiwanaku,
Easter
Island
, Nan
Madol
, Baalbek
and Angkor,
possess many surprising
properties. In particular, they are diagonals of the adjacent
rectangles formed by crossings of widths and meridians of reperny
points.


The lines connecting GP to
key points, set some symmetric combinations and
reveal a number of the unusual regularities once again confirming
existence of System in an arrangement of monumental constructions of an
antiquity. Systems - carefully planned, thought over and realized with
such grace which allows to carry out at the same time a set of various
conditions for very limited number of objects.


As always we remind that
more visually all regularities can be seen on an
interactive map
for which
viewing it is necessary that on your computer
oogle Earth plug-in
was
established.


Read article.



Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm
[geolines]
SYSTEM OF ANCIENT MONUMENTAL STRUCTURES. GEODESY OF MERIDIANS.

In previous publications «ORIENTATION OF TEMPLES IN THEBES AND VALLEY OF KINGS» and «SYSTEM OF ANCIENT MONUMENTAL STRUCTURES» some words were told that meridians and latitudes of some known ancient constructions have curious regularities in the arrangement relatively each other. So, the meridian of Great Pyramid (GP) is a symmetry axis perpendicular to the meridians of Tiwanaku and Uluru, and the meridian of Easter Island is an axis of symmetry of the meridians of Teotihuacan and Vera Island, and practically with identical values close to 10 degrees.

Upon further study of the characteristics of the location of the meridians most significant and monumental buildings of antiquity revealed that most of them are directly related and are a system similar to the modern geodetic system.

If the equator - a natural baseline Latitude, it is equally obvious equivalent to the reference longitude missing. In the II century AD. e. Ptolemy oriented own meridian with the blessing of the islands (then called the Canary Islands), which, in his view, is the westernmost point of the world's population. In the Age of Discovery, followed the discovery by Columbus in the New World in 1492, almost every state to use its own meridian.

That fact is little-known that when in 1884 at the International meridian conference in Washington the point through which will pass prime meridian along with Grinvich was defined, for this right applied Paris and … A Great Pyramid in Giza. If then a zero meridian carried out through GP, everything would rise on the places. More...

Sunday, July 8th, 2012
5:30 pm
[tieran]
Crisis of Faith
Hi everyone, I'm brand-new here, and I hope it's okay to just kind of... launch right into things. I have a question... or.. well a problem, and I'm seeking advice.


See, I've been going through a lot lately, (much of it involving health) and unfortunately it's begun to affect my faith. I hadn't thought about it a whole lot for a while, but these days... I feel like I want to reach out to it, but at the same time I'm not... sure there's something to reach out to?

My belief has generally been that there's something out there so grand and beyond the scope of anything we know that our minds can't really grasp it. Much the same way that an ant can't grasp that it's walking on the toe of a big ol' human, or something. It's just that big. But because that doesn't sit well with people, different cultures and groups gave this being different names, and applied different faces, aspects, and even personalities onto it.

It's kind of like looking at a gemstone. It has many different sides or faces, but it's all the same stone.


The problem with this is, it leaves my at a very odd place. Because it means that I don't know if prayers or rituals or anything really have any kind of effect. And in turn, if things like magic have any effect (magik? magick?).

I want to believe it can. I want to believe one can manipulate their aura, meditate, or possibly even astral project. Send out positive or healing energies through prayer or 'spells' or such. Ground themselves, etc.

But then, my scientific side says there's no proof of any such thing and any perceived effects are purely caused by the human mind being more that capable and willing to trick itself and makes us feel/see what we want.

But... if it makes me feel steadier, safer, more at peace to do these things, is it bad? Am I just lying to myself? Blinding myself? That's no good...

And what if it is real? Even to a small degree? Does that help me? hurt me? am I depriving myself of something by turning away from it? Blinding myself with extreme logic?

I don't know @_@

((cross-posted pretty much all over the place. Sorry if you see it a lot))
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
10:01 pm
[mos_jkh]
The duplication of cube (new solution)
The solution has no possibility of practical application, and that adds the pleasure to it.
Since the days of ancient Greece known three geometric problems - trisection of the angle, squaring the circle and the doubling cube, which are considered intractable using ruler and compass (the main instruments of the ancient geometers).
For the doubling cube invented already: mezolyabiya Eratosthenes, cylinders Archytas, the triad Menehma and others (see, for example, http://hijos.ru/2011/04/10/udvoenie-kuba/), this solution is different.
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Friday, April 6th, 2012
3:59 am
[geolines]
JIM ALISON'S LINES

Alfred Watkins, who discovered the ley lines in England, laid the beginning for the new direction of research related to the geographical location of historic objects. He noted that the various historic structures, megaliths, burial mounds, temples and other holy places lie on the straight lines and form a complex system, like a spider's web.

For Watkins, the concept of a system of straight lines connecting the points of the ancient, landscape was something much more than just a game of imagination. The hard work of compiling maps for the Military Surveyor, and field observations convinced him that "special place" of ancient Britain were actually located along straight lines. The work of Watkins about leis , as he called these lines, caused small sensation when it appeared in book form, entitled "An old straight path," in 1925. Contemporary research of lees in Britain led Paul Devereux, who became editor in chief of the English periodical, "Ley Hunter" in 1976.

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012
12:12 pm
[grayvoge21]
  The sun was sinking as Ellen and I sat on the beach. “God made the world very vivid today” I said.

     Ellen smiled “Yes” she said.

     I picked up a sea shell and held it up to the sky “Isn’t it beautiful”?

     “You should know” said Ellen “you made it beautiful when you picked it up”.
     "Am I dreaming then"? I asked.
     "Yes" she said "this is a dream, but you are not dreaming. The dream is you. the beach, the sea, the sky, me, you. All of this is one thing, a single moment".

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
12:01 pm
[jonamo_cat]
common ground
I would like to hear peoples' opinion of a view of the Socratic formula for knowledge.

I know I know nothing.

I am sure some people see this as a contradiction, or even as a negative proof, prooving that knowledge does not exist at all.

I say it is possible to see it the other way around. That the assertion of knowledge is more solid than our concept of "nothing" (as being negative).

It is especialy appropriate for Socrates, given his method, that "nothing" not be something negative at all, but that it is actually something neutral. That it is the state of ignorance within which the meeting of minds can actualy take place, and then generate the form of co-investigation for which Socrates is known.
Sunday, October 9th, 2011
2:27 am
[turboswami]
State of Consciousness As A Form of Communication
Neurons use specific compounds, neurotransmitters, to transfer specific messages to one another. But, in fact, the neurotransmitter, itself, is not a message, per se, but a specialized substance used to induce a specific internal state upon uptake by the postsynaptic cell. Generally, this reception, regardless of the neurotransmitter received, changes the oscillatory nature of a given circuit of neurons (there's a good review of this literature by Basar, 2008). That is to say, based on the receptor site activated, the neuron is either more or less likely to fire an action potential. It makes sense to think of this as a gas or brake on the frequency of a given cell, with some substances making the cell "awake" and others putting the cell "to sleep." This balance of chemicals governing the internal state of the neuron cells is the basis of their communication and, thus, our state of consciousness.

Much like perception and memory, certain forms of human communication are dependent on the communicators' state of consciousness. For instance, even the most proficient mathematician will have trouble understanding a complex mathematical statement spoken to him when he is in a groggy half-asleep, or low theta, state of consciousness. Likewise, someone in a hyperattentive high beta state would most likely be annoyed trying to listen to someone speaking from a slow theta state of consciousness, no doubt gritting their teeth thinking "Jesus! Hurry up and just say it already! You're wasting my time!!" and miss that "slow wave" message completely.

In this way, effective communication is an empathic process, whereby communicators "hone in" on each other's subjective state, and gradually naturally come to match it, within reason. State of consciousness extremely different from our own can be alienating, based on the nature of the relationship, and no attempt is made to match. For instance, a stranger crying on a subway train is experiencing a state of consciousness far and away from what is typical for that given social situation, and others will resist being "pulled in" to the unpleasantness of that state.

The jump in this understanding of brainwave frequency, state of consciousness, and communication is made via the state-dependent nature of cognition, perception, and memory. A change in state of consciousness can dramatically change the nature of one's thoughts; their speed, character, intensity, or mood being subject to that given state. That being said, thought associations created in a certain state of consciousness are best received by a person in that same state -- in that way the state of consciousness is, in some cases, necessary to facilitate the communication of some types of messages. Certain messages are bound to discrete "bandwidths" of consciousness, and cannot be received unless that oscillatory state is achieved. In that way, it makes sense that individuals who induce non-ordinary states often describe, all at once, suddenly "getting it," or seeing and understanding things which they previously had not been able to. It is not that their stimulus stream has changed, but rather that, say in the case of LSD, their state of consciousness is heightened and, in that induced hyper-sensitive state, aspects of their surroundings or of messages they receive are suddenly meaningful in new ways, or rather they are able to, all at once, perceive subtle aspects of those phenomenon which, in their normal state of consciousness, were ignored or "filtered" from awareness. 

As I hinted at, this phenomenon of state-dependent perceptions can be thought of in terms of bandwidths or, much like radio frequencies, there is a vast range of possible perceptions we may "tune into" at any given point in time. Changes in an individual's consciousness, either upwards or downwards in frequency, allow them to become aware of new "stations," or non-ordinary ranges of communication; different aspects of the same spectrum of consciousness which we may traverse subjectively. 


http://braindynamics.iku.edu.tr/Pdf/A%20review%20of%20brain%20oscillations%20in%20cognitive%20disorders%20and%20the%20role%20of%20neurotransmitters.pdf
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
4:15 pm
[agent139]
Fundraising for art/lit/philo group: Modern Mythology


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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
1:30 am
[turboswami]
Breath and Attention

The literal power of the breath is in the combustion of expiration, itself – a process which creates energy and can be focused. The attentional “dive” of a focused exhale can be overwhelmingly powerful; the slower and of greater capacity the breath, the more fueled the combustion, flaring bright and intensely through attention.  In this way, I experience the magnitude of attention as  directly-proportional to the depth and frequency of the breath that stokes it – as if breath fuled the attention, its radiance and it’s potential proximity.

An aid in the focusing of attention is, of course, the directing of one’s gaze. The majority of our attention is directed through the lenses of the eyes, a flood of awareness coursing in primarily through the optic nerve.  It makes sense, then, that Vedant Hindu meditators would direct their inward close-eyed gaze in an upwards direction. Looking up allows the meditator to project their attention in that direction, a long exhale often seeming to actually carry me upwards, an inward ascension maintained on the purity of a slow breathy tone.  That pure tone being the universal human sound of relaxation: “Ahhh… m(en).”

This ascension can be felt by others in the room, according to Yogananda and other’s who have written about being in the presence of a saint or high guru. Meditation becomes somehow more profound as if the darkness of the inner vision is dispelled by their radiance, the pupil’s way illuminated by his enlightenment.   It is said that  the light of this heightened state of consciousness appears visibly,  an inward brilliance shining outwards around the eyes and face: a halo.

I have measured the influence of minor instances of this ascension on others. Recorded was a sudden burst in Alpha bandwidth energy, a sudden curvature graphed coinciding perfectly with the long, focused exhalation. Further research in the direction of this serendipitous finding would surely yield fruitful and robust data, perhaps allowing us to “map” the subtle energetic medium of our surroundings and nature of its subjection by consciousness.  Like any other energy, the subtle frequency of consciousness oscillates, literally seen in the physiology of our neural networks whose activation cycles in a range of frequencies related directly to the depth of our state of consciousness:

-Delta=>deepest state, sleep, unconscious vision.

-Theta=>deep relaxation, hypnagogia, subconscious. 

-Alpha=>relaxation;

-Beta=>high strung tension/anxiety;

-Gamma=>Inspiration and Transcendent meditation.

The influence of psychedelics on the brain is felt subjectively, but in those early studies of LSD, for instance, that change in the state or nature of consciousness seemingly could not be measured by objectively means. Yet, the results of those studies should not prompt us to doubt the existence of that subjectively-felt sense, or dissuade us from continuing our attempt to measure that perceived influence on consciousness! Instead, it can be viewed as a sign that we are measuring the wrong thing; the wrong attribute or cognitive ability.  If those early psychedelic researchers had studied the influence of LSD on meditation, for instance, they may have found a task which has a measurable EEG correlate.

Friday, July 16th, 2010
11:37 am
[turboswami]
Hyper-Sensitive States and Indirect Semantic Priming: Inferring The Mechanics of Psilocybin

The Doors of Perception: A Cognitive Model

 

The latent inhibition (LI) paradigm was originally developed over 40 years ago (Lubow & Moore, 1959) to describe the capacity to filter out extraneous stimuli from conscious awareness. More simply, LI describes that common tendency to pay less attention to something the more we are exposed and become familiar to it. A review of the empirical studies of human subjects concluded the use of masking tasks is generally needed to produce positive results in adults. First adopted by Schnur and Ksir (1969), the masking task engages participants in activities which require the majority of their attention while, concurrently, presenting the to-be-associated stimuli in a subtle or indirect manner.

 

This inhibitory mechanism which controls the breadth of our awareness of the environment can be conceptualized as a sort of perceptual gate, barring the “irrelevant” stimuli from conscious attention while allowing the most immediate and novel of sensory data through, to be perceived.

 

A “Failure” To Ignore One’s Surroundings?

 

While the reduction of LI capacity had previously been linked to dysfunction in attentional processes, manifesting as symptoms of schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, and psychosis, more recent research has suggested the hypersensitive state of lowered LI may, in fact, be associated with higher creative achievement and novel thought associations (Eysenck, 1995). It has been proposed that the cognitive processes employed by individuals with this heightened creative capacity are both quantitatively and qualitiatively different from those of the typical person (Simonton, 1999).

 

In the meta-analysis of her two studies of youthful subjects with high IQ, Carson (2003) found a highly significant relationship between reduced LI and creative achievement – with a nearly universal reduction of LI in the eminent creative achievers group.

 

HYPERSENSITIVITY + HIGH IQ = EMINENT CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT

 

“The highly creative individual may be privileged to access a greater inventory of unfiltered stimuli during early processing, thereby increasing the odds of original recombinant ideation. Thus, a deficit that is generally associated with pathology may well impart a creative advantage in the presence of other cognitive strengths, such as high IQ” (Carson, 2003, pg. 505).

 

Attention: Where Latent Inhibition and Semantic Activation Meet

 

A connectionist model bridging latent inhibition to semantic priming could be conceptually mediated by the attentional processes utilized by both paradigms. Changes in attentional processes have played a central role in understanding the cognitive underpinnings of schizophrenia since the time of Kraepelin and Bleuler. Attention has been used as an explanatory aid by Lubow (1995), who described it as an area ripe for LI research. Likewise, in his discussion of the hyper-priming state, Wentura (2008) suggests a link between disinhibited spreading of semantic activation and lowered LI. I propose this link may lie in the measure of covert attention. This may be framed as the hypothesis that a lowered LI score will result from the hypersensitive perceptual state of psilocybin, whose cognitive correlate has been shown as increased activation of indirect semantic associations by Spitzer (1996).

 

The word “priming” itself suggests fluid being carried via some channel or pipe, a fitting metaphor for semantic activation spreading from one node to another. Yet, in many ways, this metaphor serving to conceptualize semantic priming remains underdeveloped in that it gives no indication of what that “fluid” being primed is, its variations in pressure, or where it is being primed from. Once attention is introduced as an explanatory aid in an understanding of latent inhibition and semantic activation, the common ground shared by both models becomes highlighted and possible relationships can be drawn between them.

 

The Semantic Network: Consciousness Expansion as Spreading Activation

 

The semantic network model, in its varied forms, serves as a metaphorical framework by which all we know of the world can be represented as a net, or a branched hierarchy of interrelated semantic concepts, each shown as a node. These conceptual nodes are activated into associative strands during the formation of a thought, and this activation leads to the semantic priming of those associated nodes. Primed nodes are, then, recognized and accessed more readily in subsequent semantic tasks.

 

The administration of psilocybin, an agent known to affect the 5-HT system, induces a state of semantic hyper-priming in human subjects (Spitzer, 1996). This increased availability to typically-unavailable conceptual associations may help explain the reported subjective effects of “consciousness expansion” and “enhanced creativity” classically described by psilocybin users.

 

One conceptualization which may serve as an explanatory aid for the indirect priming effect of psilocybin on the semantic network is a fluent model of nodal branching. In other words, much like rivers which branch and divide, the spreading of activation can also be represented in terms of fluid flow through channels. In this view, psilocybin “floods” our semantic network, spreading outwards across “dry” conceptual branches, priming them with attention. Therein, the limits of expression of these expanded semantic associations may be defined by the limited capacity of an individual’s attention span.

 

States of hyper-sensitivity and hyper-priming can be seen resulting from both thought disordered (TD) schizophrenia and from psilocybin use. For this reason, theoretical models utilized in the investigation of perceptual or semantic processing abnormalities in schizotypy are also valuable tools to understand the influence of psychedelics, like psilocybin, on those same processes. The latent inhibition (LI) and semantic priming paradigms may be interrelated by the faculty of attention, thereby creating a framework for the cognitive processes underlying non-ordinary states of consciousness.

 

 

References

 

Carson, S. H., Peterson, J. B., & Higgins, D. M. (2003) Decreased latent inhibition is associated with increased creative achievement in high-functioning individuals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 85, 499-506.

 

Eysenck, H.J. (1995). Creativity as a product of intelligence and personality. In D. Saklofske & M. Zeidner (Eds.), International Handbook of Personality and Intelligence: Perspectives on Individual Differences (pp. 231-247). New York: Plenum Press.

 

Lubow, R. E., & Moore, A. U. (1959). Latent inhibition: The effect of nonreinforced pre-exposure to the conditional stimulus. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology. 52, 415-419.

 

Lubow, R. E. (1989). Latent Inhibition and Conditioned Attention Theory. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

 

Lubow, R. E., & Gewirtz, J. C. (1995). Latent inhibition in humans: Data, theory, and implications for schizophrenia. Psychological Bulletin. 117, 87-103.

 

Schnur, P., & Ksir, C. (1969). Latent inhibition in human eyelid conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology. 80, 388-389.

 

Spitzer, M., Thimm, M., Hermle, L., Holzmann, P., Kovar, K., Heimann, H., Gouzoulis-Mayfrank, E., Kischa, U., Schneider, F. (1996). Increased activation of indirect semantic associations under psilocybin. Biological Psychiatry. 39, 1055-1057.

 

Wentura, D., Moritz, S., & Frings, C. (2008). Further evidence for “hyper-priming” in thought-disordered schizophrenic patients using repeated masked category priming. Schizophrenia Research. 102, 69-75.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010
1:03 am
[indigoinsight]
Blue Lips

(Intro)
I am very passionate for nature, for I am part of it too. In the past year I have accepted my beauty and my mind. At this point in my life, I am on a journey that I may always see clearly. I find power in beauty and power in growing; beauty in progression. Listening to the voice whispering inside my head, and being patient with the silence inbetween. Though I am comfortable, I feel so powerful now. Energies from my surroundings hit my like a wave in the ocean. I see and feel so deeply that it sometimes hangs me like a puppet. Sometimes life just drowns me in the water that I drink. Drowning indecision, beautiful occurrences.
The pictures in her mind arose, and began to breathe.

(Poem)
My eyes choose colors sent by the sun
swirling together to shadow sleep for the moon
existing in nature
beautiful fiery hell
infinite theory's
endless destruction
falling buildings
screams fearing death
tall power
progression of the mind
fear ticking time
Insanity starring at the clock
small eyes..

(closing)
Just thinking a lot tonight. I'm hanging on a star surrounding the moon, Looking over ever detail.


Saturday, May 29th, 2010
10:57 pm
[shimjjangie]
life. treasure it.

I am writing this story in hope of opening some people’s hearts. I will delete this story and only publish it on this website. I hope that no plagiarism will be committed, and I hope that you will see beyond the words in this short story.

 

We are all waiting. For something, or for someone perhaps. Or waiting for forgiveness, or something that cannot be counted or even seen, or maybe, even something that humans cannot comprehend.

 I am a human being, and my life has been a roller coaster ride. From torture to a blessing in disguise.

Why do we envy other people? When we should be treasuring our lives, for our hearts are still beating. For the blood that is still alive with oxygen. We should be celebrating every moment of it, and cherish everyone who is around you. Not because for what they have done, but for the affinity that you share with them, to be able to know them, talk to them and be part of the beautiful memories that stay with a person for life. Hate is a painful thing. It takes away the freedom of life, it pollutes the air that you breathe.

Why do people fail? Why are there losers?

Simply because we created the words. We created the very rules that determine a person’s fate When we have no right to do that at all. The world we now live in reflects to us, the words we have created that have destroyed so many lives. Why? Simply because we created it, the world where paper is power and king.

Life is too short. And we live every moment in hurt of some sort. There is a Chinese saying that says, “A fool has a fool’s good luck”

Sometimes, not knowing is the best way to happiness. But being oblivious will not solve any problems.

I would like to use this story or passage, to tell everyone. We are all human beings. Handicapped or sick, we are still human beings with hearts. Just because the world that we live in states rules like discrimination against handicapped and the skin colour; but we have the power to think. Some rules are meant to be broken. Why wait, when life is so short. Why waste time, living in pain?

We humans have created more evil than good. It is time to change for the better.

Show kindness to people. Because we are all valuable. We are alive. We can do things that will make the world a better place. So you may live with no regrets and happiness.

Start by helping the deaf, blind and all handicapped or sick. They are all valuable lives created by God.

Be considerate to them, and accept them as your own. Because you all have one thing in common.

YOU ARE ALIVE!




Current Mood: confused
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
1:07 am
[i_just_float]
How to Save Yourself Thousands of Lives
Most people today either don’t like to think or have succumbed to the harmful cycle of thinking about the “wrong” things.  There really is no such thing as right and wrong or good and bad. 

 

I place the word “wrong” in quotations because we live in a universe of duality and relativity.  An example of duality is good and evil, black and white, yin and yang, etc.  One cannot exist without the other in terms of experience.  How can we know what feeling good feels like if we have never felt bad before?  How can our taste buds experience sweet flavors unless we have tasted something bitter?  How can we know what our purpose is in life unless we have already experienced what our purpose is not?

 

So before you even think of humoring your own ego by having thoughts like:

 

Why can’t I ever be happy?

Why is there never enough money?

Why don’t my relationships ever last?

Why is life such a struggle?

 

Change your thought.  Every thought we have, every word we utter, every action we perform are creative behaviors.  We were born to create because God (Allah, Buddha, Yahweh, Cher, Michael Jackson, Whoever Your Higher Power Is, etc) made us in His image, and He/She/It is the Ultimate Creator.

 

Why is it so hard for you to believe that you are as perfect as a snowflake, as unique as a fingerprint, as innocent as a child?  Because you have forgotten where you came from.

 

The purpose of life is not to learn, but to remember Who You Are.  You are the extension of the Ultimate Creator, who gave you the breath of life so that He could experience His Own Godliness.  God is the Absolute, and there is no polarity, duality, or opposite of Him.  In order to experience God’s Own Godliness, He had to separate Himself into other beings and come to know us as the infinite facets of His Own Perfection.

 

Our souls are parts of Him, and they know this deep down.  Anything that derives from love is an example of this, and you can remember if you only believe that you are a soul made of Pure Love.  In order to remember, we must first experience the opposite, and that is what we have created or imagine to be “hell”. 

 

Hell is nothing more that what is derived from fear, which is the opposite of Love.  Our souls know deep down that whatever we fear, we attract.  Nothing that comes from fear is “good”. 

 

God doesn’t “do”, “wish”, or “will” anything in our lives.  He would never have given us free will if He was going to just control it all anyway.  He gave us free will so that we can make the choices that will help us remember Who We Are.  God observes patiently as we destroy our own planet and negatively affect every life within it.  He is not saddened by our destruction, because He gave us the creative power that He Himself possesses.  He knows the Ultimate Outcome of our Universe, and no matter what His children do, this Outcome will never change.  All souls must walk their own path, but we will all end up back at home with God where we belong.



Current Mood: awake
Friday, April 30th, 2010
8:29 am
[harehare]
"I can't even imagine it"
for a long time I believe that the one thing human has which totally free and limitless is imagination. But yesterday i realized I was wrong.

I googled around about the dead of our sun, and i found out it takes 5 billion years from now for sun to die. And I realized that I cannot imagine what will human be in 5 billion years from now if we could avoid whatever doom waiting for us before then.

I can imagine humanity in hundreds, in thousands years from now. but i can't go further than that. Does it mean that even our imagination needs some believable fact for it to create something (i.e our history)? or is it just me? can you imagine it?

Is there any other thing that you realized you can't even imagine?
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
2:49 pm
[root_fu]
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