Brain Damage Saved His Music

ILLUSTRATION BY AGATA ENDO NOWICKA After a chunk of his brain was removed, guitarist Pat Martino got his groove back. BY BRIAN GALLAGHER Eight years ago, when neurosurgeon Marcelo Galarza saw images from jazz guitarist Pat Martino’s cerebral MRI, he was astonished. “I couldn’t believe how much of his left temporal lobe had been removed,” he said. Martino had brain surgery in 1980 to remove a tangle of malformed veins and arteries. At the time he was one of the most celebrated guitarists in jazz. Yet few people knew that Martino suffered epileptic seizures, crushing headaches, and depression. Locked in … Continue reading Brain Damage Saved His Music


by Vic Bishop, Staff Writer Waking Times  A recent viral video of a diver swimming through a sea of plastic is a stark reminder of what we are doing to the world’s oceans. We’ve been reporting on this issue since 2012, watching the development of a massive gyre of plastic forming in the Pacific Ocean, devastating wildlife in the Midway Atolls. “About 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. In the US alone, about 30+ million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the solid waste system, including various plastic containers, bags and other types of packaging, with only about … Continue reading THE AMOUNT OF PLASTIC IN OCEANS WILL TRIPLE WITHIN SEVEN YEARS, SAYS MAJOR REPORT


by Christina Sarich, Guest Waking Times LSD, Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms), and Ketamine have been part of the counter-culture for decades, with evidence that they are used more commonly across a wide class of people than many would have imagined. Business tycoons, artists, professional athletes, and Silicon Valley powerhouses like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are all famous for experimenting with LSD, and new research proves, at least on a mathematical level, that these psychedelics undoubtedly elevate consciousness. Psychedelic advocate Timothy Leary described an ego-generated perception of self and the world as a “reality tunnel.” Leary says his own “reality tunnel” was ripped apart with the use of LSD … Continue reading 3 PSYCHEDELICS MATHEMATICALLY PROVEN TO ‘ELEVATE’ CONSCIOUSNESS

Unhappiness Is a Palate-Cleanser

Why it’s impossible to always be happy. BY INDIRA M. RAMAN Happiness, in one form or another, seems to be a common goal that most of us would like to attain. We often behave as though we might find a route to contentment—comfort, satiety, warmth, or some other reward—and be happy all the time if we could just make the right choices. But pleasure is often fleeting, even from the most appealing experiences, giving rise to ennui and sparking the drive for something new and sensational. As a neuroscientist, I can’t help wondering whether the transience of our satisfaction may not … Continue reading Unhappiness Is a Palate-Cleanser

These Are Not “Your” Thoughts

Photo by Caroline Grondin | Insight meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein explains how to treat consciousness as the object of meditation. By Joseph Goldstein It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here.  It is important to make … Continue reading These Are Not “Your” Thoughts

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