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Since early humans first painted from their mystic eye onto cave walls, artists have sought to share their sacred visions with the world.

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Created in every medium, from oil painting and sculpture to contemporary digital modeling, these visionary works of art give those who experience them a chance to see the unseen, realize wider modes of perception, and discover spiritual and mystical realms. They explore the creative process and the role that dreaming, psychedelic experiences, sexuality, and divine guidance play in the work of these women, alongside full-color examples of their art.

Showing how visionary art often contains an abundance of feminine energy, helping us to heal ourselves and see that we are all connected, the authors explore with each artist what it is about being a woman that has most influenced their artwork. Frontiers of psychedelic consciousness : conversations with Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Rick Strassman, Jeremy Narby, Simon Posford, and others by David Jay Brown Book 3 editions published in in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide In-depth and well-researched interviews with the leading minds in psychedelic science and culture A curated collection of interviews with 15 accomplished scientists, artists, and thinkers, including Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Rick Strassman, and Charles Tart Explores their profound reflections on the intersections between psychedelics and a wide range of topics, including psychology, creativity, music, the near-death experience, DNA, and the future of psychedelic drug medical research After many dark years of zealous repression, there are now more than a dozen government-approved clinical studies with psychedelics taking place around the globe.

But what does the future hold for psychedelic research and the expansion of consciousness' In this curated collection of interviews with pioneers in psychedelic thought, David Jay Brown explores the future of mind-altering drugs, hallucinogenic plants, and the evolution of human consciousness. Demonstrating deep knowledge of his interviewees' work, Brown elicits profound reflections from them as well as their considered opinions on the future of psychedelic drug medical research, God and the afterlife, LSD and mysticism, DMT research and non-human entity contact, problem-solving and psychedelics, ayahuasca and DNA, psilocybin and the religious experience, MDMA and PTSD, releasing the fear of death, the tryptamine dimension, the therapeutic potential of salvia, and the intersections between psychedelics and creativity, ecology, paranormal phenomena, and alternate realities.

In each interview we discover how these influential minds were inspired by their use of entheogens. We see how psychedelics have the potential to help us survive as a species, not only by their therapeutic benefits but also by revealing our sacred connection to the biosphere and by prompting people to begin on the path of spiritual evolution. Quantum psychology : how brain software programs you and your world by Robert Anton Wilson Book 2 editions published in in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide Quantum Psychology offers a coherent and humorous description of how our thoughts, values and behaviors have been colored by our use of language and our prevailing view of the universe.

While Quantum Mechanics, relativity, non-Euclidean geometries, non-Aristotelian logic and General Semantics have revolutionized our view of the world, the habits of daily human thought still sit deeply rooted in the thought patterns and linguistic conventions of the middle ages. Riflessioni sull'orlo dell'apocalisse : contemplando il futuro con Noam Chomsky, Bruce Sterling, Deepak Chopra e altri Book 2 editions published in in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

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Slowing down or reversing the aging process would be the most naturally effective approach to curing almost all diseases, and this valuable insight has been an important theme in much of my work. I suspect that within a few decades, if not sooner, all human diseases will become curable, and the aging process itself will become reversible. Brown tells about Ray Kurzweil , whom he interviewed for two of his books. Like him Brown believes that physical immortality will be developed in successively more successful stages and that staying alive as long as possible will give us the greatest opportunity to be around when the most important breakthroughs in nanotechnology and genetic engineering come along page So, Kurzweil spoke to Brown about how nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics will eventually allow humans to live for indefinite periods of time without aging.

Nanotechnology would not only allow for radical life extension but also for a dramatic improvement in all physical capabilities, including brain functions. Kurzweil believes that the line between biology and technology is going to completely blur together in the decades to come and that nanotechnological brain implants will substantially increase our intelligence and dramatically expand the power of the human mind.

So, here we can talk about a computer scientist who wants to be a philosopher instead of the philosophers. The claim is that medicine, biotechnology and spirituality should be integrated, and this will eventually result in immortality. Biologists who want to be philosophers instead of the philosophers always, always, end in some kind of Nietzschean Superman philosophy. Timothy Leary was one of the first to start promoting ideas about life extension: he began doing so in the late s. As we can see from the above: Brown is an exceedingly progressivist and biological reductionist.

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The relation between reductionism and the Wholeness is a central part of my online book Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien. In chapter 6, Philosophy of History, I discuss the naivety of evolutionism and its oblivion of cosmology and the cycles of life. Brown is only focusing on the up-cycles of life, and refuses to see the down-cycles. He constantly talks about the hights, about getting high and rising upwards. He believes that life can be transformed into one big up-cycle. This is quite typical for defenders of ideological evolutionism, whether this is left-wing or right-wing.

Their evolutionary system-thinking will allow them to justify all kind of historical negativity as necessary stages on the evolutionary ladder. The best argument against immortality is the polarity-argument. Within the Wholeness everything is defined by its negation. This is a very simple logical law which is impossible to get around, and when contemplating it, you are automatically being led to the Wholeness.

What is the good? This you know because you know what evil is. What is evolution? This you know because you know what devolution is. What is immortality? This you know because you know what mortality is. What is an up-cycle? This you know because you know what a down-cycle is. What is life? This you know because you know what death is. Thinking in extremes is to think in one pole of a pair of opposites. Within the Wholeness this is an unbalance, and it will be balanced through a contra-balance. This is a law we can see everywhere. A crest of a wave will be contra-balanced by a trough of the wave.

Light only exist in relation to darkness. Without this law there would be no life at all, no truth, no beauty and no goodness. The thought about immortality is thinking in an extreme and it will be contra-balanced through the opposite extreme. The legend of Frankenstein is still the most genius literary example of such a contra-balance of extreme thinking. All spiritual practice is about balancing between extremes. When your thoughts slide out in one extreme, then it is about remembering the other extreme, and bring it in.

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According to Public Policy expert Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS, " The New Science of Psychedelics is both a compelling personal odyssey and a grounded scientific exploration of the contributions that psychedelic research and experiences offer regarding the most intriguing and mystifying questions facing humankind Many people have speculated about the possibility of a relationship between the discovery of the psychoactive properties of LSD and the first nuclear explosions, because LSD is thought by many to be something of a spiritual antidote to the aggressive and toxic tendencies of the human species. View Product. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed. Buy at Local Store. Popular Wishlist Books. David Brown is a leading-edge activist, explorer, and philosopher who has blended an astounding number of personal experiences as well as commentaries from amazing people into a narrative that goes well beyond other books about psychedelics.

A person who somehow does this in a natural way will not have the same experience of psychedelics as people thinking in extremes. This is probably also the explanation why some people simply not are being hooked on taking drugs, though that they have tried it. This implies the problems of identification, dependence and detachment. I have discussed this problem in my Tolkien book in chapter 1; Metaphysics , Ontology, part 1: The Problem of Mind , and in chapter 4; Philosophical Anthropology , part 1: Death and Immortality , and part 2: Identity and Identification.

If you should take Brown seriously, it would involve a complete redefinition of what traditionally is meant by spirituality. Spirituality seems to be used for propaganda only. This can also be an explanation why Brown thinks that the psychedelic experience in fact is the same as the mystical experience, and that the psychedelic experience was what the mystics talked about. Brown even tried to get an interview with Dawkins. Dawkins first said yes, but declined when he heard that Brown also was interviewing Deepak Chopra.

In my article on the Simulation Theory , I describe how Dawkins and Chopra Atheist fundamentalists and New Age idealists both, comically enough, are supporting this theory, but for different reasons. Brown is not a declared atheist, though, and he also talks about life after death. But this is incompatible with his biological reductionism. Atheist spirituality is also what comes to my mind when reading the fascinating fantasy writer Philip Pullman. This work has been very controversial since it is about a quest of killing God. He has singled out elements of Christianity for criticism: "if there is a God, and he is as the Christians describe him, then he deserves to be put down and rebelled against.

In he was given a services to Humanism award by the British Humanist Association for his contribution as a longstanding supporter. But it also describes the limits of this world, beyond which lies maddening and incomprehensible Chaos. This notion was present even in the Homeric vision in which gods regularly appeared equipped with instruments capable of bringing devastation or favor to humankind at their whim.

I will return to Pullman in a coming pop culture blog on The Golden Compass. But another thought also struck me: Brown is taken completely serious by a very large audience, and I thought that precisely this factor made it worth writing a critical article, even a long article. His ideas are widely shared, and he mentions the names of the inspirators.

The reviewers are of course selected by Brown himself. I will therefore supply the reviews in order to show the names of people who share his ideas, so that people can study on if they are interested. These substances have inspired spiritual awakenings, artistic and literary works, technological and scientific innovation, and even political revolutions.

But what does the future hold for humanity--and can psychedelics help take us there? He investigates the role of psychedelics in lucid dreaming, time travel, sex and pleasure enhancement, morphic field theory, the survival of consciousness after death, encounters with nonhuman beings, and the interface between science and spirituality. Examining the ability of psychedelic drugs to incite creativity, neurogenesis, and the evolution of consciousness, he explains that they are messengers from the plant world designed to help elevate our awareness and sense of interconnectedness.

Revealing not only what psychedelics can teach us about ourselves and the world around us, Brown also shows how they are preparing humanity for a future of enlightened minds and worlds beyond our solar system. This is an outstanding book to read and share widely. David Brown is a leading-edge activist, explorer, and philosopher who has blended an astounding number of personal experiences as well as commentaries from amazing people into a narrative that goes well beyond other books about psychedelics. He reevaluates not only the well-known areas of healing, psychotherapy, creativity, and spirituality but also extends his wise deliberations and deep explorations into areas that most of us still shy away from — freely discussing alien encounters, psychedelic sex, mixing and matching various substances, parapsychology, consciousness after death, and more — drawing on his own extensive voyages and explorations for telling examples.

He is unafraid to explore the dark sides of his own personality as well as his joys as needed to illuminate challenging aspects of the multi-faceted psychedelic universe. Sirius, author of Everybody Must Get Stoned. On the menu are parapsychology, unexplained phenomena, strange powers, scientific mysteries, confounding conventional science, odd animal behavior, morphic fields, the Gaia hypothesis, alien beings, entities, for bidden knowledge, kundalini, survival after death, and more.

Roberts, author of The Psychedelic Future of the Mind. Reading this book is like riding a raft with Tom down the psychedelic Missisippi. This book captures both the peculiar terrors and the deep delights these mind-altering substances can induce. A nononsense personal exploration of a controversial area of scientific research recounted in a light and engaging manner. With this extraordinary sense of awakening comes a clear perception of the continuity of self between waking and sleeping and the ability to significantly influence what happens within the dream, giving you the opportunity to genuinely experience anything without physical or social consequences.

In this way, lucid dreaming offers therapeutic opportunities for fantasy fulfillment, fear confrontation, and releasing the trauma of past experiences. With development and practice, lucid dreaming can provide a powerful path to greater awareness, heightened creativity, spiritual awakening, and communication with the vast interconnected web of cosmic consciousness. He explores the intimate relationship between lucid dreaming, shamanic journeying, visionary plants, and psychedelic drugs and how they are used for healing and spiritual development. Offering methods for improving both lucid dreaming and shamanic journeying abilities, he explains how to enhance dreaming with oneirogens, supplements, herbs, and psychedelics and offers techniques for developing superpowers in the dream realm.

Summarizing the scientific research on lucid dreaming, Brown explores the ability of lucid dreamers to communicate with people in the waking realm and the potential for dream telepathy, shared lucid dreaming, and access to the vast unconscious regions of our minds, opening up a path that takes us beyond dreaming and waking to dreaming wide awake. Based on a wealth of hard data, historical research, and dream diaries, Brown deftly ties together not only lucid dreams but also similar events from other altered states.

While the book centers on lucid dreams, it incorporates parallel experiences in psychedelic use and shamanism, giving us, perhaps, the first sophisticated synthesis for exploring difficult to access realms of consciousness.


Filled with practical and doable suggestions on how to enhance lucid dreaming and how to maximize its healing effects, Dreaming Wide Awake is a splendid, well-written, revelatory, yet pragmatic look at the dreaming mind. The author covers every conceivable theoretical and practical aspects of lucid dreaming: from neuroscience to shamanism, anthropology to the occult, ethnobotany to telepathy, the electronic to the pharmacologic.

In so doingm he brings clarity and relevance to this mysterious and potentially highly influential consciousness-altering tool. In this groundbreaking book, David Jay Brown has brought together findings from contemporary science to demonstrate the similarity between these two types of altered consciousness and how the insights they provide can help alleviate nightmares, restore health, hasten recovery from injuries, and even yield creative insights.

Dreaming Wide Awake may evoke e new field of research, both experimental and applied, that will enhance human potentials in ways that have been too long neglected. An important book for true dreamers. Sirius, musician, digital culture iconoclast, and author of Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity.

He goes far and deep into the mysteries of the dreaming mind and, even more impressively, does this with his feet planted on the ground and armed with a skeptical but compassionate outlook. With curiosity and heart, David Jay Brown invites the reader to explore a unique fusion of shamanism, psychedelics, and lucid dreaming. Watch the doors between worlds swing open! So, any doubts that we have to do with a scientific genius? Brown is just more or less repeating what Timothy Leary and Stanislav Grof already have done in a much better way.

The New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness, and Spirituality

It can sound confusing when I speak about New Age as part of the anti-science movement, since New Age seems obsessed with science, and call everything they think and do, for science. What they are against is traditional science. Therefore they also are obsessed with the concept of paradigm shifts.

The bridge between science and spirituality is an expression you hear all the time within New Age. But could you in fact talk about such a bridge? Yes, and that is philosophy. I have tried to point that out several times, with minimal success. Brown is doing the same as his hero Rupert Sheldrake: doing philosophy and not science. But what Brown is doing is that he presents a philosophy, and then avoids the difficult task of philosophical argumentation which only a few is capable to by presenting it as science and in a scientific sounding language.

In this way he manages to add scientific authority to some very problematic ideas. In that way it is a part of modern scientism. We were particular interested in philosophical questions about the nature of reality and consciousness and about the interface between science, creativity, and spirituality. Our fascination with these topics had emerged from our late night, cannabis-fueled discussions and our occasional psychedelic journeys together. We were actually quite surprised that nobody had really interviewed all these brilliant thinkers about these philosophical topics before.

We were interested in questions like: How did consciousness arise? What happens to consciousness after death? Will the human species survive, and, if so, how will humans evolve in the future? What is the nature of God? What inspires creativity? How is technology affecting human evolution and human consciousness?


The only one which actually can be characterized as a philosopher is Noam Chomsky. In his book the answers to such question are not thrown out as philosophical arguments, but as insinuations of that we are dealing with science. He provides extensive notes and refers to a wealth of scientific studies. He introduces a topic, provides multiple instances of scientific or anecdotal evidence, and concludes by synthesizing the research to draw his own spurious conclusions.

Pure pseudoscience. Psychedelic drug research may offer one pathway toward establishing this science of the future page Frank Tipler is one of the many pseudoscientists of The Matrix Conspiracy.

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Check out the critics on this Wikipedia entry. Brown is not just removing religion and replacing it with science, he is also replacing spiritual practice with psychedelics. Maybe Brown himself is a part of this path toward self-destruction? The examples are from his book The New Science of Psychedelic which actually also is a kind of autobiography. Instead of mentioning the adverse effects, Brown claims that these substances have inspired spiritual awakenings, artistic and literary works, technological and scientific innovation, and even political revolutions.

I love Erowid! I think that one can effectively argue that Erowid — the largest drug resource on the Internet — has helped to save more lives than any other educational resource in human history. It is no surprise that the spiritual practitioners, who inspires Brown, are the Hindu Sadhus which many people have seen sitting and smoking cannabis.

Here he uses language from the spiritual traditions. The idea of transcending conceptual or verbal awareness refers to the highest spiritual states of mind, known as Enlightenment, Samadhi, Satori, Unio Mystica, etc. I highly doubt that cannabis that easily could create such states. But he and other fellow stoners actually believes that psychedelics can create states of enlightenment.

Arthur explains why this is so in his fascinating book Peopled Darkness.

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Appears to, yes, in his imagination. Brown continues in this style throughout the book. My dear friend and renowned sex expert Annie Sprinkle has quoted me on this statement a number of times as we both agree on this and that combining these two ancient forms of pleasures can lead to ecstatic experiences that defy description and bring users closer to the divine. Good excuse for having your sexual lusts satisfied: You are divinely sanctified. Early in my career as a struggling writer she [Annie Sprinkle] sent me money to help with my rent when I was too broke to afford it, and she patiently sat on the phone with one night for hours when I was completely drunk, sobbing to her over a girl who had just left me.

I consider Annie to be a true bodhisattva, an enlightened being who returns to this earthly realm to help all sentient beings attain Buddhahood page It releases deeply clogged kundalini energies and can be enormously pleasurable. It also enhances the power of my imagination and helps me to balance the intense psychedelic energies, which can sometimes become too agitating. Whenever I ran into difficult psychological terrain on my psychedelic journeys I was always glad that I knew how to meditate when the energies became too overwhelming to process or understand.

This eventually led to my realization that all spiritual practices appear to work best when combined with psychedelics. All spiritual practices? Such a statement of course provokes the question whether Brown has tried out all spiritual practices, and whether he has experienced the end goal of spiritual practice, enlightenment? The statements above imply this if you actually believe that the psychedelic experience and the mystical experience is one and the same.

Take for example the above statement about that the drug resource Erowid has saved more lives than any other educational resource in human history. There you are. I think his point is that Erowid is a fantastic guide for stoners and trippers. It is selective thinking, since drugs also have killed quite a few people. If it should count as a scientific investigation he also should have mentioned the negativity of using drugs which Erowid itself does, though this only functions as a guide to the wonders.

The concepts of the closed-minded versus the open-minded, and a conspiracy are brought in the few places where Brown is mentioning any negativity combined with drugs. In fact, it appears to be just the opposite, as many of the people who use cannabis tend to become more health-conscious, and many stoners and trippers actually helped to start the health-food industry, as well as many early yoga and fitness centers. Unlike alcohol, cannabis tends to make people more sensitive and aware of their bodies.

While there might not be any scientific evidence that cannabis leads to harder drugs the gateway hypothesis , I guess that there is a lot of sociological or psychological evidence that shows that cannabis can lead to harder drugs, though it depends on the persons and their background. I have personal been in teenage environments experimenting with cannabis, and while cannabis never became a problem for some, it certainly became a problem for others, who, for some personal reasons, like Brown, became obsessed with the experience, and hereafter consciously either sought out stronger psychedelics, or ended up as hash addicts.

I will also mention that I agree that there is a certain problematic anxiety towards psychedelics. During the decade of the s philosophers and policy makers came to face a host of new, largely unsuspected challenges that went to the heart of their enterprises. Especially the fear of cannabis is in my view absurd. And when looking at the modern anti-philosophical zeitgeist, this is not looking good. I also agree that psychedelics can start a creative process. Psychedelics certainly create a stop in the normal everyday stream of consciousness. But good creativity is in my opinion entirely due to that the artists are gifted with talent already before they started.

The gifted personalities also know when psychedelics take overhand I will write more on psychedelics as creative inspiration in pop culture articles on for example The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. Follow my blog series on philosophy and popular culture. Throughout the book Brown continues with thought distortion after thought distortion, especially thoughts distortions such as selective thinking and confirmation bias; thought distortions which ought to be avoided in science. He even gets involuntarily comically. A high dose of cannabis often seems like a low dose of magic mushrooms or LSD.

So, in a sense smoking marijuana prepared me for my LSD experience, and I used the meditation techniques that I had learned prior to using marijuana to help control my marijuana and later my LSD experiences. Brown himself therefore becomes an example on that cannabis can lead to stronger drugs. Ellen Dugan is not whole, ongoing sure mysteries on mosedavis. An exact view Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire for those who are nearly human to page and the article but just a PostsActive time t for those who am a eastern website of the show.

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