Slate’s Special Issue On The Brain

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New sarticles about developments in neuroscience (and “neuroculture”) from Slate magazine –

“How Smart Is Grandpa?: How much can you expect from a septuagenarian brain?” by Michelle Tsai. Posted Thursday, April 26, 2007.

“Cells That Read Minds?: What the myth of mirror neurons gets wrong about the […]

LSD as Therapy? Write about It, Get Barred from US

BC psychotherapist denied entry after border guard googled his work.

If you have ever written about using psychedelics, you may be denied entry (or rentry?) into the United States

“Andrew Feldmar, a well-known Vancouver psychotherapist, rolled up to the Blaine border crossing last summer as he had hundreds of times in his career. At 66, […]

The Kalighat Pictures of Indian Gods – Kali

Visit bibliodyssey to see larger versions of this image and others… Bibliodyssey page on the Kalighat Pictures of Indian Gods

Voynich Manuscript Further Examined

This is what the Voynich Manuscript is – a mysterious book, now believed to be a forgery created by John Dee to swindle a king out of $50,000: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

An older scientific american article By Gordon Rugg showing a method by which the VM might have been created by Edward Kelly (made famous by […]

Interesting and Useful UG Krishnamurti Page

Remembering U.G. Krishnamurti

“In 1939, when UG was 21 years of age, he went and met Sri Ramana Maharshi and asked him, ‘This thing called moksha, can you give it to me?’ Ramana reply, ‘I can give it, but can you take it?’ struck him like a ‘thunderbolt’ and set him up on a relentless […]

Jody Radzik of Guruphiliac Interviewed by RU Sirius

An interesting mp3, if you have the time, can be downloaded at RU Sirius’s website. There’s a few minutes of extraneous stuff at the beginning. It does kind of give you a sense of Jody’s take on this whole business. Some interesting descriptions of several gurus, mostly concentrating on their obvious flaws.

Nothing revolutionary, but […]

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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