Allow me to introduce to my dear Teleomorph readers a project I have been developing for the past month along with Jenny (tunabananas) Ryan.
The current working title is Eudea, and it is a planning 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.
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.”
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.
Great summary article about biohacking and DIY-Neuro over at Fast Company:
Biohackers And DIY Cyborgs Clone Silicon Valley Innovation
A new breed of hobbyists, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on echolocation implants, brain-controlled software programs, and even cybernetic rats. Their experiments will change the future of tech.
Times are very tough for an increasing number of people. Concerns over the price of food, price of healthcare, dependence on scarce resources and the reckless destruction of the natural environment that we and our descendants depend on for life, all can be addressed by directly connecting to the Earth through simple gardening.
Abundant food, medicine, economic products and materials, environmental consciousness, vibrant beauty, learning and joy can all be manifested simply through working with the available land, space, material and mental resources we already have.
Even the pervasive ennui, apathy and depression that plagues our society (15% of the US is on antidepressants), brought on by the demotivating design and lack of of humanity in arenas such as politics, television, advertising, urban design and dilapidation, economic upheaval and warfare, can be managed through creating and tending gardens by increasing nutrition, beautifying neighborhoods and common spaces, and improving psychological health through socially beneficial and stress-relieving practices of working the soil.
Below are some videos, articles and links regarding the different methods of connecting plants and communities that are emerging to heal society. Join me in learning about this movement to feed, clothe, shelter and heal the countless in need.
Here’s a couple new must-see TED Talks on some wildly successful gardening initiatives reinvigorating urban, suburban and educational systems given by two wildly energetic, entertaining and inspiring individuals:
Pam Warhurst talks about Incredible Edible and communal gardens:
Stephen Ritz describes what he and the Bronx kids he inspired brought to poverty stricken neighborhoods, the Hamptons and beyond:
And here are some noteworthy Kickstarter videos:
- Documentary in development:
- Project for an automated open-hardware gardening dome:
Some recent, recommended articles:
Reposts for relevance:
DIY multi-sensor urban aquaponics In Oakland:
In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief.
The team from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado has discovered the key mechanism in the body’s immune system that amplifies addiction to opioid drugs.
Laboratory studies have shown that the drug (+)-naloxone (pronounced: PLUS nal-OX-own - a mirror-image drug to the widely known naloxone, or (-)-naloxone) will selectively block the immune-addiction response.
The results – which could eventually lead to new co-formulated drugs that assist patients with severe pain, as well as helping heroin users to kick the habit – will be published tomorrow in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Read more: Adelaide.edu.au/news/
New system allows wireless production and detection of electrical activity conducted by acupuncture needles through muscles. This new form of “smart” acupuncture is affordable and the wireless aspect satisfies most previous qualms with previous electronic acupuncture methods.
Read about it @ fastcoexist.com.
Hard hitting, new documentary from respected health guru Gary Null, about the horrific corruption systemic to the FDA. The video below includes an impassioned 1/2 introduction by director Null at the NYC premier. I was especially gripped by the second half of the film which touches on more diverse subjects than the first half, especially the look inside the FDA and how well-intended people employed by the governmental/corporate organization are kept silent.
Must see for those with an interest in deep politics or the standing medical and food systems and why and how they must be changed.
Nature’s Hospital is a new establishment in Peru where people can can get treated for serious ailments with plant medicines, drink ayahuasca for general wellness or even sign up for an 18 month rain forest ”residency” in dieting, diagnosing, healing and leading ceremonies. The founder, a Buddhist, describes the endeavor in a promotional article for Shambala Times:
Opening Nature’s Hospital has been a tremendous adventure in the Amazon Jungle of Peru. What began with a simple solitary meditation retreat led to the most significant project I have done in my life, not for my personal excitement as much as the benefit that this stands to bring others. Nature’s Hospital is focused on treating people with chronic and life-threatening illness using only the gifts of nature – the plants of the jungle. What’s significant about this? The treatments are gentle, and the techniques come from a long healing tradition within the jungle’s population.