These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD -- part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's. The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed him.
That is an amazing progression, so exciting :) I would have loved to have been in on this, especially these early tests into creativity and subjective experience. For a long time, I considered going into this kind of research, but unfortunately a bunch of over-enthusiastic hippies went and got it illegalized. Only now, after 40 years of complete supression are psychedelics getting another chance to prove themselves as useful spiritual and psychological tools.
(x-posted to thelunarsociety)
'A former employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration reveals how NASA covers up and erases UFOs from satelite photos. But first a little bit about this former employee: Donna Tietze Hare. Formerly of NASA, female slide technician, the recipient of numerous space awards including 1969 Apollo Achievement award from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, 1973 Skylab award, a medallion for success on the Skylab-Suez Test project, numerous other awards for her skill as a technical Artist, honors, awards and a 1994 reccomdation by Texas Governor Ann Richards to the Advisory Committee of Psychology Associates.
'Donna Tietze has spent most of her professional life involved in the Space Program as a technical illustrator. She drew lunar maps, landing slides, she worked in the photo lab, Precision Slide Lab, reducing art work to one inch by one inch drawings. She drew launch sites, landing sites and was employed as a sub-contractor to NASA for over 15 years. She worked on flight manuals for astronauts & has the wonderful ability to put words into images but uniquely, learn to do everything backwards, including mathematical computations, the writing of words, to put it simply, this woman has seen just about all the different kinds of images one could see that are used in Space Programs.' (Project Azure Door article).
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Enlarge Lo Sai Hung, AP By Sylvia Hui, Associated PressHONG KONG — The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday.
The British astrophysicist told a news conference in Hong Kong that humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years.
"We won't find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system," added Hawking, who arrived to a rock star's welcome Monday. Tickets for his lecture planned for Wednesday were sold out.
He added that if humans can avoid killing themselves in the next 100 years, they should have space settlements that can continue without support from Earth.
"It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species," Hawking said. "Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."
The 64-year-old scientist — author of the global best seller "A Brief History of Time" — is wheelchair-bound and communicates with the help of a computer because he suffers from a neurological disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Hawking said he's teaming up with his daughter to write a children's book about the universe, aimed at the same age range as the Harry Potter books.
"It is a story for children, which explains the wonders of the universe," his daughter, Lucy, added.
They didn't provide other details.Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Posted 6/13/2006 9:29 AM ET
Humans want to breed without limit. The Earth is limited in size and resources. Unless you either A) get humans to voluntarily reduce the population (current numbers say that without a suitable replacement for oil-based energy needs, the Earth can only sustain perhaps one billion people, meaning about 5.5 billion people need to die) and lower their consumer needs and wasteful attitudes and begin working with almost entirely renewable resources, or B) we need to expand into space and start spreading across the Universe.
Only in an infinite, or nearly so Universe will humans stop these pesky tribal/territorial squabbles that affect us every single day. Tim Leary and Robert Anton WIlson have been saying this for a long time. Science fiction authors have known this for a long time. Even the Egyptians have a myth about us returning to the stars.
“Cannabinoids possess … anticancer activity [and may] possibly represent a new class of anti-cancer drugs that retard cancer growth, inhibit angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels) and the metastatic spreading of cancer cells." So concludes a comprehensive review published in the October 2005 issue of the scientific journal Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry.Not familiar with the emerging body of research touting cannabis' ability to stave the spread of certain types of cancers? You're not alone.
(x-posted in thelunarsociety)
A recently discovered species of dinosaurs will bear a name given in honor of the Harry Potter novels. Approved by J.K. Rowling, "Dracorex Hogwartsia" is being unveiled this morning at The Children's Museum in Indianapolis. This new species was discovered at the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota, and Paleontologists spent two years cleaning and rebuilding the skull, which has spiky horns, bumps, a long muzzle, and a flat head. After completion of the restoration, visitors thought this new herbivore dinosaur looked like a dragon, and they decided to name it after the creatures in the Harry Potter books.
(x-poster to thelunarsociety)
Schroedinger and Heisenberg are riding together in a car. All of a sudden, they feel as if they have run over something. Schroedinger, immediately concerned, looks behind his shoulder, and asks Heisenberg, "Did I just hit a cat?" Heisenberg repiles, "I am uncertain."
Thank you so much, atomic_goo!
Everybody has experienced a sense of "losing oneself" in an activity--whether a movie, sport, sex, or meditation. Now, researchers have caught the brain in the act of losing "self" as it shuts down introspection during a demanding sensory task.
The researchers--led by Rafael Malach and Ilan Goldberg of the Weizmann Institute of Science reporting in the April 20, 2006, issue of Neuron--say their findings show that self-related function actually shuts down during such intense sensory tasks. Thus, an "observer" function in the brain does not appear to play an active part of in the production of our vivid sensory experiences. These findings go against common models of sensory experience that assume that there is some kind of "homunculus", or observer function in the brain that "looks at" sensory brain areas. Thus the finding, they said, has significance for understanding the basic nature of consciousness and perception.
So, who are you when you're not you, when you're not on?
Instead, I merely procrastinated a bit and now I will complete antarcticlust's Earth Day Meme!
Earth Day Meme
Please take a moment to do this meme yourself and pass it along. Express your stance on environmental issues without fear of being called a tree-hugging dirt-worshiper. Explain to people that you're a perfectly normal person, and these are perfectly normal values. Believe that individuals can make a difference. Assert your values in an intelligent, informed, and meaningful way. Reclaim environmentalism from bad science, derogatory or dismissive conservatives, and radical zealots! Earth Day should be a bench-mark by which to measure your own practices from year to year, and an opportunity to mindfully educate yourself and others. Next year, check your answers and see if you've made changes or improvement!
Please list five things you do regularly with the environment in mind:
1) I dream of one day owning a hybrid car. For now, I own little four-cylinders that get good gas mileage.
2) I recycle as the law specifies, though I am a bit lazy at times.
3) I try not to drip gasoline on the ground when I fill up.
4) I regularly write to my elected officials and to corporations informing them of my environmental policies, and I vote! (But mostly, I write them about political issues.)
5) I buy free-range, organic eggs. I try to avoid fast food except I have a powerful weakness for McDonald's breakfast sandwiches.
Please identify five Earth Day Resolutions to improve by next year. No goal is too small or large!
1) I will eat much less meat, unless it is free-range and organic.
2) I will not cry about my lack of central air and remind myself that A/C is bad. I'll also air-dry/hang my clothes instead of drying them whenever I'm not feeling horribly lazy.
3) I will start recycling office/printer paper and cereal boxes and other paperboard, which I totally throw in the garbage now.
4) I will use my embarrassing Starbuck's mug so I don't waste paper cups. I'll stop buying napkins or buy recycled ones.
5) I will purchase my veggies and fruit from local peeps at farmer's markets n' shite.
My question is, what if they really removed the curse? Is it crime merely because we live in a pseudo-scientific culture that doesn't believe in curses? We tithe to churches for blessings and miracles from the Lord God, so why don't we arrest priests and their ilk for theft by deception?Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:14 AM ET
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police are looking for two mystics who persuaded a student to part with more than $160,000 in exchange for lifting a curse, RIA news agency reported Sunday.
"Two unknown women, on the pretext of lifting a curse, stole $150,000 and some jewelry by means of deception. The total amount stolen is estimated at 4.48 million roubles ($161,800)," the agency quoted a police source as saying.The victim is a female student at Moscow's elite State Institute for International Affairs, RIA said. Many Russians are highly superstitious. They spend huge sums each year on faith healers and alternative medicine.
(x-posted to thelunarsociety)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Judas Iscariot, vilified as Christ's betrayer, acted at Jesus' request in turning him over to the authorities who crucified him, according to a 1,700-year-old copy of the "Gospel of Judas" unveiled on Thursday.
In an alternative view to traditional Christian teaching, the Judas gospel shows the reviled disciple as the only one in Jesus' inner circle who understood his desire to shed his earthly body.Here is a translation in PDF format of the Gospel of Judas.
SETI, the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, offers a program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data on your home computer. It basically works like a screen saver. When you're away, the program runs and processes data.
Find out more about it HERE.
What is SETI@home?
SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
(x-posted to thelunarsociety)
For instance... the Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG) for lead content is 15ppb (parts per billion). In California, the MCLG for lead is 2ppb. My hometown tap water has been tested, at average, 6.67 ppb.
Hey, not so bad.
The MCLG for arsenic is 0.02 ppb. My home tap water levels? Oh, averaging about 2.96 ppb. That's only about 148 times the contaminant limit. Don't get me started on the levels of radon, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane which have exceeded health limits.
Did you know that the health limits, the very minimum limits to not cause vast harm to the human body aren't the legal limits? Nope, the legal limits are much higher, so you can be pumping out dangerous, contaminated water and not get fined or shut down for it. That's good to know.
And a great thing about Watertown? They have won Wisconsin's "Best Tap Water" contest many years in a row. This is such a prestige that Pepsi built a bottling plant here, so it's not just Watertown residents who get this great, high quality water, but million of others throughout the midwest distribution center. Next time your suckling down a Pepsi product, check where it was bottled. It might have come from my hometown.
With unhealthy, but totally legal arsenic levels.
(x-posted to thelunarsociety)
PARIS (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has restated its support for evolution with an article praising a U.S. court decision that rejects the "intelligent design" theory as non-scientific.I'm sort of at odds with the subject. While I tend to believe in higher orders of intelligence, my beliefs run more along the line that if there *is* a higher power/intelligence/God, then evolution is *how* that entity acts upon us. I really don't see why the two sides can't get along. At one time, I said that the difference between religion and science is that science has renamed it's God "blind determinism."
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that teaching intelligent design -- which argues that life is so complex that it needed a supernatural creator -- alongside Darwin's theory of evolution would only cause confusion.
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BASEL, Switzerland -- When Kevin Herbert has a particularly intractable programming problem, or finds himself pondering a big career decision, he deploys a powerful mind expanding tool -- LSD-25.
"It must be changing something about the internal communication in my brain. Whatever my inner process is that lets me solve problems, it works differently, or maybe different parts of my brain are used, " said Herbert, 42, an early employee of Cisco Systems who says he solved his toughest technical problems while tripping to drum solos by the Grateful Dead -- who were among the many artists inspired by LSD.
"When I'm on LSD and hearing something that's pure rhythm, it takes me to another world and into anther brain state where I've stopped thinking and started knowing," said Herbert who intervened to ban drug testing of technologists at Cisco Systems.Herbert, who lives in Santa Cruz, California, joined 2,000 researchers, scientists, artists and historians gathered here over the weekend to celebrate the 100th birthday of Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD here in 1938. The centenarian received a congratulatory birthday letter from the Swiss president, roses and a spontaneous kiss from a young woman in the crowd.
Here is the general description of the book. I HAVE to own this! This, if as good as it sounds, would be like the bible of my studies.
Less than 50,000 years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as ‘the greatest riddle in human history’, all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers. In SUPERNATURAL Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious ‘before-and-after moment’ and to discover the truth about the influences that shaped the modern human mind.
Tue Aug 16,10:33 AM ET
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antimicrobial drugs for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills HIV.
I always assumed a cure would be found eventually, but never did I imagine that this would be the source!
Actress Barbara Streisand was one of those, who signed the above-mentioned petition. The actress confessed that it was LSD, which helped her survive the nervous breakdown, when the star discovered that her only son was a homosexual.