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Category Archives: From The Field

Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip | New Yorker

This is some fabulous reporting. A long and detailed article about the use and effect of psilocybin as a medicine for dealing with end-of-life issues around cancer care. Read the full article: The Trip Treatment.

McLuhan’s 1960 Report on Project in Understanding New Media | Norm Friesen

In the cryptic note at the top right (on p. 2), McLuhan writes to Harley Parker, with whom he later co-authored Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting (1968) and Counterblast (1969). Parker also appears with McLuhan in the 28 min 1969 film Picnic in Space, directed by Bruce Bacon. This text reflects […]

Avant-Garde to Electric Kool-Aid With Beats In Between

The book was first published in 1946. It’s by Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe and is about as Beat as anything I’ve ever read, although it predates the ‘Beats’ per se.  Mezz was a white clarinet player from Chicago who befriended ‘the race’ when sent to reform school. He never really went back to white […]

Junk Mail Calendars From Conservation Groups? Conservation FAIL

Not something I’d normally write about in here, but this is ridiculous! In the last week I received two unsolicited calendars from conservation groups! Your Free Nature Conservancy Calendar 2010 Your Free National Parks Conservation Association 2010 Calendar Does sending bulk junk mail calendars send the wrong message? I think so. I’m going to keep […]

E. Howard Hunt names the men who killed Kennedy

On November 23, 1963 I was a grade two student. I sat in the desk in the front row next to my friend Bruce. I remember that it was very unusual that the Sister who taught us rolled a television set into the classroom. She seemed to be very upset. There was the sense of […]

Media Maven Robert Logan’s new $45 book out The Extended Mind!

Logan’s jammed web site for all the free stuff

new media aggregator site with amazing network graphs of tags

Silo Breaker uses tags from this story  News You Might Have Missed: Court Confirms President’s Dictatorial Powers  to generate  Amazing networking news animated 6 degrees effects!   ok

Immortality, Life Extension, Life_X, anti-aging, ongoing conference UCLA

Check out some of these topics and links to more clues. Immortality, Neurologic, Space Migration emerged in the early 1970’s and morphed into  Life Extension ( life_X) , intelligence increase, and local Space Stations. We still need back-up mini biospheres of the biosphere! Gaia! Gaea! Later these morphed into SMI2LE.  Early Bible stories of  communicating […]

Freeman Dyson on Carbon and Global Warming

Freeman Dyson says When we put together the evidence from the wiggles and the distribution of vegetation over the earth, it turns out that about 8 percent of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is absorbed by vegetation and returned to the atmosphere every year. This means that the average lifetime of a molecule of […]

Psychological Psychedelia by Delphi from downunder and the antipodes of S. Africa

from Along with a host of other literary, artistic and scientific luminaries of the period, novelist Anais Nin was one of the new wonder- drug’s early guinea-pigs. At the dawn of the psychedelic sixties, she saw herself as part of a larger social organism that was liquefying; opening like a sea-anenemone to countless imaginary worlds […]

Energy Export Database

very cool online database A databrowser for exploring: Where are oil & gas produced? Where are oil & gas consumed? How has this changed? http://mazamascience.com/OilExport/index.html http://mazamascience.com/OilExport/index.html

ReInventing the sacred, again! Stuart Kauffman speaks 7PM, 26 June, Thur., 2008

from Skeptics Society Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason & Religion SPECIAL Event Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm Location: Baxter Lecture Hall Speaker: Dr. Stuart Kauffman Tickets: First come first served at the door. Sorry, no advance ticket sales for this lecture. Seating is limited. $8 Skeptics Society members […]

Arts, Inc: how the DMCA, Clear Channel and copyright extension are killing culture

From BoingBoing.net “My new book, Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights, is just out (May 10). The idea for Arts, Inc. hit me when I was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, during Bill Clinton’s administration. I became convinced that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, copyright extension, and […]

Media Ecology Convention at Santa Clara, CA, 19-22 June, 2008

Amazing!  Walter Ong surfaces!  One of McLuhan’s major Mentors! The Ninth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association 2008 Call for Awards Nominations  Communication, Technology and the Sacred Santa Clara, California June 19-22, 2008 Convention Coordinators: Paul Soukup, S.J. (Psoukup at scu.edu) Santa Clara University Anne Pym, Ph.D. (anne.pym at csueastbay.edu) Cal state University East […]