Wisdom of LSD

I was about to post a link to Sue Blackmore’s piece about Albert Hofmann’s 100th birthday party, which she had published in the Times Higher Education Supplement, mainly to continue the ongoing psychedelics thread I have within Psybertron. I did post the link of course, but in re-reading it, I noticed her final paragraph is … Continue reading “Wisdom of LSD”

A Long Watch – Proper Dialogue?

In the spirit of “long-read” here is a long-watch (1hr 40mins). So far I’ve only watched the first few minutes (with false start *) … but it bodes well. (* Missing start available here.) Firstly, Rubin makes it clear in his “no rules” facilitation that this is about people talking to each other, himself included at … Continue reading “A Long Watch – Proper Dialogue?”

Dennett and the “Little People” #3

Below is the David Hamill piece from the Free Thought Prophet blog that triggered the two … previous … posts as well as a lot of comments and tweets. Most of my earlier thoughts concerned the Jerry Coyne post given as a reference and the linked Dan Dennett Big Think video. In addition to that, … Continue reading “Dennett and the “Little People” #3″

Altered States of Consciousness

A running theme throughout Psybertron is the reality of conscious mind and its consequences in the real world. That’s partly because explantory understanding of our understanding and of our decision-making is my main research focus and partly because – probably not coincidentally – it’s also a prime (but not the only) example where politicised scientific dogma … Continue reading “Altered States of Consciousness”

The Labour Antisemitism Row

I wrote a general piece on identity politics last year when the then current topic was “Islam is not a race“. The whole nation / race / culture / religion subject is fraught with definitional problems, that really only resolve in self-identity. The fact that Semite has nothing to do with being a Jew in the … Continue reading “The Labour Antisemitism Row”

Psychedelic Rehab

Interesting NY Times piece on official approval to pursue medical research into Psilocybin (thanks to Marsha at MoQ-Discuss for the tip off). And on that subject, look out for Sue Blackmore’s piece on Albert Hofmann – father of LSD – on BBC Radio 4 (19th April 3:45) Typical comment on the NYT piece “Surgery comes … Continue reading “Psychedelic Rehab”

David Chalmers Interview

Linked from David’s own Fragments of Consciousness blog is this Interview on Bloggingheads he did with John Horgan. A full hour and wide-ranging … from David’s roots in the Woodstock of Consciousness, via the “hard problem”, free will, pure (non-objective) concsiousness, blurring the science / philosophy boundary, to rational mysticism and peyote and LSD induced states of … Continue reading “David Chalmers Interview”