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Friday, February 26, 2010


THIS PAGE IS NOW AN ARCHIVE ONLY


As of March 2010, Google is no longer supporting FTP publishing of it's Blogger blogs. Therefore I will be consolidating all of my blogs into a single front page format that I will be experimenting with and changing from time to time until I find something I like.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Something to think about
Pursuing the religious life today without using psychedelic drugs is like studying astronomy with the naked eye because that's how they did it in the first century A.D.
-- Timothy Leary

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Results Retracted On Ecstasy Study (washingtonpost.com)
(Rick Weiss, Washington Post, September 6, 2003)
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University who last year published a frightening and controversial report suggesting that a single evening's use of the illicit drug ecstasy could cause permanent brain damage and Parkinson's disease are retracting their research in its entirety, saying the drug they used in their experiments was not ecstasy after all. . . . The retraction, to be published in next Friday's issue of the journal Science, has reignited a smoldering and sometimes angry debate over the risks and benefits of the drug, also known as MDMA. . . . The drug is popular at all-night raves and other venues for its ability to reduce inhibitions and induce expansive feelings of open-heartedness. . . . Advocates of ecstasy's therapeutic potential, including a number of scientists and doctors who believe it may be useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychiatric conditions, criticized the study. They noted that the drug was given in higher doses than people commonly take and was administered by injection, not by mouth. They wondered why large numbers of users were not dying or growing deathly ill from the drug, as the animals did, and why no previous link had been made between ecstasy and Parkinson's despite decades of use and a large number of studies. . . . The answer to at least some of those questions became clear with the retraction, which is being released by Science on Sunday evening but was obtained independently by The Washington Post. . . . The error has renewed charges that government-funded scientists, and Ricaurte in particular, have been biased in their assessment of ecstasy's risks and potential benefits. . . . Rick Doblin, president of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a Sarasota, Fla.-based group that funds studies on therapeutic uses of mind-altering drugs and is seeking permission to conduct human tests of MDMA, said the evidence of serotonin system damage is weak. . . . "The largest and best-controlled study of the effect of MDMA on serotonin showed no long-term effects in former users and minimal to no effects in current users," he said. . . . Una McCann, one of the Hopkins scientists, said she regretted the role the false results may have played in a debate going on last year in Congress and within the Drug Enforcement Administration over how to deal with ecstasy abuse. . . . "I feel personally terrible," she said. "You spend a lot of time trying to get things right, not only for the congressional record but for other scientists around the country who are basing new hypotheses on your work and are writing grant proposals to study this."

Thursday, October 03, 2002

A culture under fire
(The Guardian, October 2, 2002)
Palestinian artists have suffered more than physical hardship - they have also had to deal with censorship, harassment, and the destruction of their work. . . . "It was very exciting, but the Israelis soon became aware of the importance of these exhibitions and started hitting the League of Palestinian Artists. They made us get permits to show our work, censoring art and invading artists' studios. Several of us were imprisoned, usually on charges that they were painting in the colours of the Palestinian flag. They would say, 'You can paint, but don't use red, white or black,' and they would imprison you if you used those colours. You couldn't paint a poppy, for example, or a watermelon: they were the wrong colours. Often it was up to the artistic judgment of the particular officer in charge." . . . "When they broke in here at Easter, they knew the place was a cultural centre, but they still smashed it up. They broke open the door with explosives, destroyed all our computers, took all the hard disks. When the curfew was lifted, I came back to find papers all over the floor. They had upended all our filing cabinets and wandered back and forward over our latest proofs. There were the marks of jackboots all over our poetry." . . . "For us the tunnel is so dark that you cannot even see the light at the end. In a different situation I would like to give up my poetry about Palestine. I can't keep writing about loss and occupation for ever. I feel it deprives me of my freedom as a poet. Am I obliged to express my love for my country every day? You have to live for love, for freedom. The subject of occupation itself becomes a burden. I want, both as a poet and as a human being, to free myself from Palestine. But I can't. When my country is liberated, so shall I be.

Monday, July 01, 2002

Introducing The Intercommons
the forces of strong commercial monopoly and governmental action or inaction threaten to collide head on with the vision of an open digital commons . . . We believe there is an important missing piece in these efforts to protect the digital commons: the safeguarding and strengthening of open marketplaces. . . . many entrepreneurs are going "back into the garage" to continue their craft without the encumbrance of "professional" money and management. However, they will emerge from those garages into a very different world: one dominated by a few huge monopoly players and a world where a tangled web of software patents means that any opponent with a large enough war chest for legal action can shut down or force an acquisition of any business. With this tectonic shift in how business is done in software, the openness and pace of innovation will be drastically affected. . . . We propose to create a well-designed many-to-many marketplace for the software industry, with a special emphasis on supporting open source tools and people, thereby supporting the public interest in an open digital commons. . . . Dee challenges us today to visualize new forms of organization for the benefit of humankind, warning us that it is the malfunction in our organizations that most threatens our survival and endangers the biosphere. We seek to answer that challenge and build a new organization that will protect the innovative and open spirit of the software business by helping open source and other independent developers and other free agents build their individual economic power. At the same time, this organization will be owned and governed by all who are materially affected and wish to have a role. Lastly, the many to many exchange of financial, intellectual and social power through the new organizations' digital commons will create substantial collective resources which can be put into service of the entire membership. . . . The health of our civilization and its institutions may be better served by the civic, not commercial control of Cyberspace.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

The DuVersity - Chapter 12 from The Intelligent Enneagram
(Anthony G.E. Blake)
Where have we come from and where are we going?" is the question of every intelligence becoming aware of itself: Like every living being, we feel the force of history, the inexorable march of events, which drives us along, willy-nilly. Events on a vastly greater scale than that of our own lives shape our ends. Our own actions are encompassed by a design that emerges in the world process. Yet, on the scale of the biosphere within which we exist, collective human power has become a major factor. An individual, awakening to the situation, can find his greatest danger in the collective mass of humanity. This chaotic totality of more than five billion entities intervenes between ourselves and the greater cosmos.

When the pioneers of the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona-an attempt to mirror the complexity of the biosphere on a relatively minute scale within a few enclosed acres-asked one of their Russian precur sors, Professor Joseph Gitelson, for some guiding thoughts, he replied: "Have courage-and remember that man is the most unstable part of the biosphere." We can also quote the anonymous humorist who said: "Humans are just God's attempt to pass the Turing test." (The Turing test is the test that can determine whether a machine is intelligent.)
. . . Rise of the Technosphere . . .