where did i put that memory

Yesterday Mark Lesseraux and I were going back and forth on the comments section to a Jan. 2014 entry here.

The subject wove about the relation between intoxicating substances and access to unusual mental spaces. Our conversation spilled over both to Facebook and email.

I’d like to share a little of it with you.

At one point we took a sharp turn to the questions of history, William James, translation of impulses, the state specific nature of memory (like when a dream that was so vivid it scared you, vanishes from your memory even before you open your eyes) etc.

Here’s some of our correspondence and a little something Mark sent me. Read More...

Intoxicated Dolphins, Puffer Fish and Zombies

I ended yesterday with a quote from William Blake. Here’s another, this time from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

If the doors of perception were cleansed
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

Aldous Huxley used that line for the title of his famous 1954 essay The Doors of Perception about his experience with the psychedelic drug mescaline. It was followed by another essay a few years later titled, what else but, Heaven and Hell.

Copies of those essays are available online here (under resources) and also a BBC video a long interview with Huxley.


The History of the Sacred and of Getting Stoned

It is true that the change of the calendar year never struck me as important. This year however is different. I’m making my first ever New Year’s resolution and I think there’s good reason why.

Meanwhile I’ll modify this blog to share tidbits of news, thoughts, notions that I find of interest. They’ll range from Siloism, to science, to daily life.

I’ll start to day with the science of ecstasy...