by Sergey Baranov, Contributor Waking Times In my recent book, The Mescaline Confessions, I wrote a chapter about a stark vision I one day received from the Huachuma cactus, warning of a future in which our own technology will devour us. Huachuma, also known as San Pedro, is a sacred cactus native to the Andes which is shamanically used in Peru and has been for thousands of years. Its active ingredient is the alkaloid mescaline, which was made known to the world by Aldous Huxley in his book The Doors of Perception. Technology, the cactus told me, is not our God – it is our servant. Technology itself … Continue reading THE SHAMANIC PERSPECTIVE ON AI AND TRANSHUMANISM

Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy

Decades of studies have shown parents to be less happy than their childless peers. But are the kids to blame? by Kevin Dickinson Folk knowledge assumes having children is the key to living a happy, meaningful life; however, empirical evidence suggests nonparents are the more cheery bunch. The difference is most pronounced in countries like the United States. In countries that support pro-family policies, parents can be just as happy as their child-free peers. These findings suggest that we can’t rely on folk knowledge to make decisions about parenting, on either the individual or societal levels. How does one live … Continue reading Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy

To Risk Or Not To Risk?

By Pratibha Anand We cannot wait until fear is no longer present in order to decide to make self-responsible choices. We must accept that fear will be a part of the process of change, usually in the form of a menacing or seemingly insurmountable threat. We must not be surprised if we have self-sabotaging thoughts or when we think things like, “You’ll be sorry if you go through that door! You’re just going to fall flat on your face and there won’t be anybody to pick you up or save you.” I do not believe that reassurances work in face of … Continue reading To Risk Or Not To Risk?