The spirit molecule

Photo by stereohype/Getty The theory that the brain produces its own psychedelic compound provokes pop-culture enthusiasm and scientific controversy by Graham St John is an anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is the executive editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. His latest book is Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (2015). Edited by Pam Weintraub Even Dr Gonzo, the hell-raising Samoan attorney in Hunter S Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), wouldn’t touch ‘extract of pineal’. That stuff was the limit: ‘One whiff of that shit would turn you into something out of a … Continue reading The spirit molecule

The Dangerous Psychology of Believing Your Own Hype

Are you awesome? Beyond reproach? Just amazing at everything you do? Uh, we have some bad news, man. by Joel Randell There is, of course, a dangerous line between self-confidence and arrogance — a line to which some people are patently oblivious, often to their detriment. The Ancient Greeks considered hubris such a dangerous character flaw that it was capable of provoking the wrath of the gods. And it was the book of Proverbs that coined the oft-quoted (albeit abbreviated) phrase, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The dangers of being overconfident are manifold: They can cause you … Continue reading The Dangerous Psychology of Believing Your Own Hype

Embracing the robot

  image edited by Fernando Kaskais Azuma Hikari, the virtual home robot from Gatebox. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Robot relationships need not be kinky, exploitative or fake. In fact they might give human relationships a helpful boost John Danaher is a lecturer in the Law School at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the author of the blog Philosophical Disquisitions. His latest book is Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (2017), co-edited with Neil McArthur. Edited by Nigel Warburton There is a heartbreaking scene in the middle of Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The hero of the movie, a replicant called K, lives a drab existence in a … Continue reading Embracing the robot

Could depression be caused by an amino acid deficiency?

  by: Zoey Sky (Natural News) According to a study by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have reduced arginine levels. Arginine is an amino acid that the body needs to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an immune defense and nervous system mediator. Additionally, nitric oxide is necessary for vascular regulation. The global arginine bioavailability ratio (GABR) is used to determine the body’s arginine levels and it was previously used to measure the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide. Decreased arginine bioavailability is also a recognized independent risk factor for heart diseases. The study, which was published in Journal of Affective Disorders, revealed that individuals who are … Continue reading Could depression be caused by an amino acid deficiency?

This Is Where Your Childhood Memories Went

ILLUSTRATION BY GÉRARD DUBOISMARCH Your brain needs to forget in order to grow. BY FERRIS JABR We called them fairy rocks. They were just colorful specks of gravel—the kind you might buy for a fish tank—mixed into my preschool’s playground sand pit. But my classmates and I endowed them with magical properties, hunted them like treasure, and carefully sorted them into piles of sapphire, emerald, and ruby. Sifting the sand for those mystical gems is one of my earliest memories. I was no older than 3 at the time. My memory of kindergarten has likewise been reduced to isolated moments: … Continue reading This Is Where Your Childhood Memories Went

A history of alienation

New York, 1955. Photo by Elliott Erwitt/Magnum In the postwar period it was understood to be the fundamental malaise of modern life. Why aren’t we ‘alienated’ any more? by Martin Jay  is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman professor of European history at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest book is Reason After Its Eclipse: On Late Critical Theory (2016). Edited by Sally Davies The fear of ‘alienation’ from a perceived state of harmony has a long and winding history. Western culture is replete with stories of expulsion from paradise and a yearning to return, from Adam and Eve’s departure from the Garden of Eden to … Continue reading A history of alienation


by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times Long gone are the days of John Wayne and the moral, courageous alpha male. Instead we’re seeing male fertility in rapid decline, low testosterone has become a public health crisis, and there is an overt culture war against men in general. In the age of #metoo, gender-neutrality, pronoun wars and social justice warriors, it’s not easy to recognize that men are facing some serious issues, and the cards are stacking against them. The destruction of the male is well underway, but what will happen to the human race if men become less male? In a recent piece … Continue reading THE AMERICAN MAN IS TRAGICALLY FAILING IN MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT