Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reasonis an analysis of the physical mechanisms of hallucination, shamanic ritual, and expanded states of consciousness. By deconstructing systems of perception and memory, Psychedelic Information Theory quantifies the limits of expanded consciousness and describes the methods by which psychedelics alter consciousness, create new information, and affect human culture. By presenting these methods in physical terms,Psychedelic Information Theory offers a rational and objective model for shamanic transformation and therapy in modern clinical practice. Written by James L. Kent.
That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary’s trip. He crashed around America selling ‘consicousness expansion’ without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him too seriously … All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped to create … a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody—or at least some force—is tending the Light at the end of the tunnel.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Personally, I believe Timothy Leary was out of touch with reality and led a good number of fragile souls in the wrong direction (or no direction for that matter). This isn’t to say that no good has come out of the spiritual revolution of the 60’s. We learned as a race quite a large amount about ourselves. We learn as a collective consciousness just as a single consciousness learns from its mistakes. New generations will take what the collective consciousness has learned and make for themselves their own spiritual revolution in a new wave and reverberation of the 60’s. This new wave has a more precise direction, attenuated by the mistakes of the past, focusing on the truth and reality. The human race is a being, an organism which breathes and lives. It adapts and grows and evolves, suppressing the unhelpful and allowing the helpful to grow and survive on. The mere fact that psychedelics continue to ever increasingly be experimented with is proof of their merit to the human race, despite a shallow superficial understanding by the majority. Edit: Then again you can make a similar argument for the existence of heroin and so on… idk what I was trying to convey here. self aggrandizing nonsense which I admit I am guilty of from time to time.
“Peace and Understanding” or “Enlightenment” or whatever you want to call it can not be obtained solely through recreational drug use. It takes consideration and respect for the power existing in one’s own brain (the power is not in the drugs, they are simply a catalyst, a key, as is meditation and simple realization). Most people severely underestimate the power lying beneath their conscious thought. Bridging the gap between one’s conscious and unconscious (or subconscious) is a very dangerous road to go down upon which there are numerous distractions and perils where one’s mind can become lost or end up dead. It must be tread carefully with confidence, humility, understanding, respect, awareness, direction and specific intent, etc.
There is no “force… (tending to)… the Light at the end of the tunnel.” as the good doctor points out. There is only pure existence and reality to guide you. You yourself are your only guide and therefore you must prepare yourself for your journey/trip.
There are numerous people out there who wan’t access to a browser, music and maybe a word processor and nothing more out of a computer. It doesn’t make sense for them to go out and buy a $2000 computer if that’s all its going to be used for. There’s even a meme about it:
Smartphones are a pretty good solution to this problem, but the screens are so small that its hard to really get the full experience. Tablets are a good new medium between the two. iPads still cost $500 but the new Kindle Fire combines, eReader with Browser with applications all for $200.
I guess the reason I made this post is that I like seeing a previously unseen niche/market/need being tapped. Once the prices come down this sort of thing will be available to literally anyone in the world, including undeveloped countries which could be a good and bad thing.
This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it’s flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.
…But I’m tired of society’s games. All my life I’ve been doing things which have been imposed upon me. I’m at university now studying Biology, but truthfully I have no real interest in going to classes. I love learning, however. I can spend entire days reading books, devouring information that I feel like learning in that moment. But the homework, structure and organization that comes with schooling is not for me.
I also don’t want to sell my time to a company in return for a meager salary to simply live in some apartment somewhere and carry out a monotonous, repetitive, soul-crushing existence.
It’s fun to consider just how “far I can fall”. That moment when the apathy finally eats its way through me from the inside. It was probably the drugs, they’ll say. It was probably depression, they’ll say. And I’ll smile and nod. For I’ll have found peace with myself.
I’m the one that’s gonna have to die when it comes time for me to die.
And if we live in a system, where the urge to better understand the infinite - that leaves an insatiable emptiness within us - is considered impractical, even foolish, perhaps then we should consider that it’s time to change the system, lest we forget ourselves by building temples, in which we worship the delusion that we are better than everything, instead of part of it all.
People, I think, have been beyond trained, coded to not anticipate change; to think that change is implausible, like almost weened off like we’ve had the revolution ‘bred’ out of us.
Our primary desires are incessantly stimulated to keep us basic consumers; our basic fundamental desires overly stimulated. The problems that we have like recently in london … We have a generation of people that have been accidentally marketed to. Because marketing is all pervasive, they are marketed products that they can’t afford, can’t ever hope to acquire. They believe that the only way they can achieve happiness is with the acquisition of these products that they can’t afford. They see them out there, they see people living that life. So they have that lifestyle beamed incessantly into their minds through media… The nihilism - it was about nothing. This was not Paris, this was not Prauge 1968, this is not people sort of rising up against the tyranny that they should be rejecting, but just like ” ah fuckin hell GIVE ME AN XBOX!”
Its not just London. Take the uprising in Libya for example. Don’t get me wrong, the uprising was great and much needed, but the only reason it happened was because they saw the rest of the world with superficial non-corrupt and equal governments and all the peoples’ useless consumerist memorabilia. They saw something they didn’t have and they wanted it. Its a childish reaction.
If a baby sees something lying on the floor that doesn’t have much interest to them, they ignore it. If they see another baby with that toy or playing with it, they all of a sudden have to have it. I think it comes down to, oh you have that? There must be some reason you have it so I want it too. Its a chain reaction that starts at the mass marketing. Commercials aren’t real people yet people see them and act as if they are; wanting and desiring the things they see other people have and “enjoying” in commercials.
That’s the problem with marketing, its all a matter of getting people to buy stuff they don’t fucking need and sadly this is a lot easier to do than it sounds.
Oh my god and Daniel Pinchbeck’s response to Russel is just great. There is no correct model for humanity to desire. You can dream up utopia and the perfect government but unless there is a model for it, there will be no progression toward it. People have to see it happening to believe it will work. I’ve ALWAYS dreamed about creating a small utopian government and society on a small island as a idealistic model for society. It sounds totalitarian but believe me it would be democratic. I’ll elaborate in a future post I suppose. I wanna get back to finishing the vid….
Capitalism requires more and more things being turned into money; being turned into profit. But that’s kinda now reached this absurd limit where there’s nothing left to turn into money. So at that point the capitalist system is breaking down I think what we’re ultimately going to recognize is capitalism is an immature and transitional system.
Now that capitalism has reached the limit, its branching into politics and things we don’t necessarily want purified down to a single solitary monetary thing. We don’t want the governing of our nation to be boiled down to who or what policy has the most monetary support but that’s what it has turned into unfortunately, and it needs to be changed.
Yeah the vid is moving so fast and theres just so much I’d like to comment on, but really you just need to watch it for yourself. SO many good ideas and true points touched upon.