“There is a super shaman who’s known as Santa Claus”

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Most people have some passing familiarity with the theories about amanita muscaria and indo-european culture – well, these folks made a funny song and video about it. Cmon, it’s cute.

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Erowid on amanita, images of amanita muscaria, discussions board about amanita muscaria,  […]

People can SMELL dominance or neurosis – smell, neurohormones and scent signals and their role in enlightenment and self-development

An experiment regarding smell made the news recently – part of a series of ever more important experiemnst that have been conducted in teh past years that shows how important the sense of smell, and the flow of molecules thru the air between people, is for our social experience and behaviors. So, first, let me […]

Happiness and the riddle of experience versus memory – Daniel Kahneman’s model of selves.

Called one of the most influential psychologists of our time, Daniel Kahneman has been appearing in articles from Freakonomics – yes because of a recently released book, Thinking Fast and Slow – and here’s an example:

http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/11/28/daniel-kahneman-answers-your-questions/

Q. You recommend the use of checklists in business decision-making to counteract a number of […]

Archaeological finds that bear on the topic of human self-development

Some interesting bits of archaeology news…

The oldest yet-dicovered paintings of signs/symbols in central europe have been found in southern Germany – central europe is not known for much cro-magnon era painting.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111108075401.htm

Three of the new painting show double rows of red dots on limestone cobbles, while one painted fragment may originate […]

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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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