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Philosophy Abbreviated

The Art of Thinking Condensed.

A play off of phrenology, which was the pseudoscience by which psychologists and doctors could theoretically tell what kind of person you were by feeling the lumps on your head. 

A play off of phrenology, which was the pseudoscience by which psychologists and doctors could theoretically tell what kind of person you were by feeling the lumps on your head. 

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notesinink:

My new one! Yes, I have a long, convoluted reason for getting quotes…but unless I’m screwing you on a regular basis the answer is “because I can.” 

notesinink:

My new one! Yes, I have a long, convoluted reason for getting quotes…but unless I’m screwing you on a regular basis the answer is “because I can.” 

Amazing back piece. 

Amazing back piece. 

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Really good educational and research tool for those who love philosophy. 

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For anyone who likes to debate. This book.

For anyone who likes to debate. This book.

scienceandstuff:

‘Magic Mushrooms’ Statistically Shown to Improve Long Term Psychological Health
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished.
In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects.
“The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive,” says lead author Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral biology at Hopkins.
Giffiths’ study involved 18 healthy adults, average age 46, who participated in five eight-hour drug sessions with either psilocybin — at varying doses — or placebo. Nearly all the volunteers were college graduates and 78% participated regularly in religious activities; all were interested in spiritual experience.
Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.
The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology

scienceandstuff:

‘Magic Mushrooms’ Statistically Shown to Improve Long Term Psychological Health

The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished.

In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects.

“The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive,” says lead author Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral biology at Hopkins.

Giffiths’ study involved 18 healthy adults, average age 46, who participated in five eight-hour drug sessions with either psilocybin — at varying doses — or placebo. Nearly all the volunteers were college graduates and 78% participated regularly in religious activities; all were interested in spiritual experience.

Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.

The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology

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Emotion versus Reason

One of the biggest challenges revolves around learning to understand and control emotions. I’m now seeing the difficulty in it, because I’m feeling things I’ve never experienced before. I am 29, and my emotions have never caused such anxiety and suffering. My emotions have raged in the past, but when I compare them to what I’m feeling now, the they don’t hold a candle to it. 

It’s easy for me to talk about reason and sound thinking, but send those emotions through me, and I completely shut down. I can’t even concentrate. 

Perhaps this is the next phase of personal growth.
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