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April 19, 2013

Psilocybin MRIs and Dr. Carhart-Harris help elucidate the psychedelic state.

Very cool explanation of how the filter mechanism or ‘reducing-valve’ theory of consciousness and psychedelic states suggested by William James, Aldous Huxley and others was recently supported by brain MRIs of people experiencing psilocybin.

January 2, 2013


Elegant visuals set to profound words based on the short story, GOLEM XIV, by Stanislaw Lem.

December 7, 2012

The BirdBuggy

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December 6, 2012

Online Fractal Tree of Life

November 25, 2012

Eudea: A Technecovillage.

I’m introducing today, here at, Eudea; a wiki that aspires to help form an open source appropriate technology ecovillage: a technecovillage.

The vision is that of a testing ground for biomimetic and biomorphic design and fabrication, unified by pursuits of social and biological benefit, developing decentralization, automation and accessibility.

Essentially, it is a hackerspace on a village scale and an attempt to fuse the DIY/technological/maker movement with the arts, ecology and healing provinces of psychedelic culture:

Wiki-ville, maker-stead, hacker-habitat, tinker-town, and technologically-oriented ecovillage, Eudea will be a living laboratory for developing and prototyping affordable, accessible and replicable solutions to the challenges of food and energy production, economic and educational models, material scarcities, environmental accord, adapting to rapidly changing technologies and social landscapes, nurturing health and enhancing wellness.

So take a gander at the wiki, and feel free to register an account to add content or be included in a list of interested parties.

You can also keep up to date of any developments by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter.


November 25, 2012

TEDxBrussels: The Hackerspace Movement

Mitch Altman, cofounder of the SF hackerspace, Noisebridge, gives an enthusiastic and inspired TEDx talk about explosive rise in the formation of hackerspaces around the world.

“In the last 63 months over 1100 hackerspaces have popped up all over the planet.”

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Hack the planet!

November 25, 2012

Creating a Hackerspace in Oakland published an article by cyber-anthropologist and one of the best friends I’ve ever had, Jenny Ryan, about the formation of the Oakland hackerspace, Sudo Room; a creative community space and makerlab with emphases on citizen science, DIY-bio, technology-hacking and social activism. I’ve also been involved for past year in the planning of this project, and we are very excited having have just moved into our official space.

Check out the article at Shareable.

Sudo Room is an open, non-hierarchical, collaborative community of humans, including tech developers, citizen scientists, activists, artists–and all combinations in between and beyond!–who are interested in and working towards social change. Our goal is to create the first inclusive, dedicated hackerspace in downtown Oakland, to share ideas and projects in citizen science, digital citizenship and literacy, environmental sustainability, community engagement, and self-government.

Sudo Room is committed to access, empowerment, transparency, and public/social good. Sudoers have a great diversity of interests and we emphasize respect and solidarity among ourselves and with others.

November 25, 2012

Neuroplastic Mechanisms Elicited with Ketamine in Treatment-Resistant Depression

Ronald S. Duman, PhD and Professor of Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and of pharmacology at Yale School of Medicine gives a presentation on the recent discoveries concerning the dramatic neuroplastic effects of ketamine, in which he states that this is “the most significant finding in the field of depression in over fifty years.”

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For more detailed look at psychedelic(and ketamine)-induced neuroplasticity and effects on depression, check out my paper;

The Doors of Reception: Functionally selective receptor mosaics and the plasticity-inducing psychedelics that bind them.

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