reality-tunnel – Psychedelic Frontier http://psychedelicfrontier.com make the most of your dose Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:01:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 48719013 Moksha Medicine: Powerful Excerpts from Huxley’s “Island” http://psychedelicfrontier.com/moksha-medicine-two-powerful-excerpts-huxleys-island/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/moksha-medicine-two-powerful-excerpts-huxleys-island/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 11:53:54 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2870 Moksha Medicine: Powerful Excerpts from Huxley’s “Island”

One of my favorite books is Island by Aldous Huxley, a book often prized by psychonauts and others who enjoy looking at society from the outside in. In Island, Huxley lays out the structure for an ideal society while making piercing criticisms of modern Western culture.

As the title indicates, Huxley’s utopia is set on a small island, far removed from modern technology and divisive global politics. Some have criticized the book’s characterization and plot, but in Island these are secondary. This book’s main strength is in elaborating a great thinker’s vision of a truly civilized society.

I want to share a couple excerpts of this remarkable book with you. If I mentioned every noteworthy line, I’d end up reprinting the whole book, so I’ll limit myself to a couple highlights.

 

Dope or Medicine?

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Are Entities and Plant Spirits Real? http://psychedelicfrontier.com/entities-plant-spirits-skeptics-guide-tripping/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/entities-plant-spirits-skeptics-guide-tripping/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:41:27 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=2211 Are Entities and Plant Spirits Real?

Trips are like dreams. A genuine insight may bubble up from deep in your subconscious, handily solving a problem that your sober mind found intractable. Or you might emerge with absolute nonsense, the product of synapses firing without the guidance of logic and consistency.

You don’t take your dreams as absolute truth upon waking, and psychedelics should be no different. It’s crucial to think critically about which lessons to take back into consensus reality, and which to leave behind.

Wisdom or Dogma?

Many psychonauts spread their personal beliefs and speculations as though they were fact. Sometimes they take an ancient myth, like Amazonian animism, and dress it up in the new-age language of spirits, energies, and vibrations. “Mother Ayahuasca,” they say, “is the plant world’s way of communicating with us, raising us to a higher vibration.”

Other times they’ll offer a testable scientific hypothesis, but disguise it as established fact.

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The War on Sweets http://psychedelicfrontier.com/war-sweets/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/war-sweets/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:40:58 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1898 The War on Sweets

This is the fourth in a six-part series about how the Prohibition debate is tainted by our assumptions and prejudices. You can check out Parts 1, 2, and 3, but they are not necessary for understanding this post.

We often focus on what would happen if cannabis were legalized. This is a terrible way to frame the debate. It’s worthwhile to consider the effects of any legislative act, of course, but we focus way too much on societal effects and not enough on human rights. We consider the ends at the expense of the means.

An example will illustrate my point. Suppose a society outlaws unhealthy foods and mandates exercise from every citizen under threat of imprisonment. (Suspend your skepticism and assume for the moment that a majority of citizens would support this legislation.)

Forty years later, this is the new normal: some people are healthier, but obesity and heart disease remain major problems due to rampant illegal snacking.

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Myths and Lies of Prohibition http://psychedelicfrontier.com/reclaiming-prohibition-debate-1-myths-lies/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/reclaiming-prohibition-debate-1-myths-lies/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:30:17 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1670 Myths and Lies of Prohibition

I have already examined the psychology of Prohibition and our neurotic desire for control. In this six-part series, I focus on the skewed language and unquestioned assumptions that taint the Prohibition debate.

Language always lies… We proceed from one fiction to another, every time we open our mouths to speak.

—Robert Anton Wilson

Language hypnotizes us. We are raised with the phrases and conventions of our culture, and no matter how insidious or wrong-headed they prove to be—no matter how independent-minded we pretend to be—these ideas carry great power over us for our entire lives. When we name things, imbuing them with connotations of good and bad, approved and taboo, we make them real. Not objectively real, but real in our minds—which for human beings is practically the same thing.

When we act as though our concepts are real—as though currency had value, as though laws had power, and as though “sin” and “vice” and “crime” were more than just socially disapproved behaviors—we make them so.

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Control Freaks: America and its Uncontrolled Substances http://psychedelicfrontier.com/control-freaks-america-uncontrolled-substances/ http://psychedelicfrontier.com/control-freaks-america-uncontrolled-substances/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:38:36 +0000 http://psychedelicfrontier.com/?p=1741 Control Freaks: America and its Uncontrolled Substances

I’ve analyzed the psychology of Prohibition before, concluding that the War on Drugs is a deceit maintained by the national ego. In this article I take a deeper look at how the desire for control affects our laws and language. This is a prelude to my six-part essay on language called Reclaiming the Prohibition Debate.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.  

—Goethe

Humans like to feel in control. This is not always a bad thing, but it becomes problematic when we are so obsessed with the illusion of control that we forego the real thing.

The war on drugs is a lost war, and worse, a sham intended to placate us. This desperate bid to maintain the appearance of law and order does not benefit us; it benefits the prison-industrial complex (now a lucrative private business, about as anti-humanitarian as a business can get), police departments (who use the War on Drugs to seize property and justify their bloated budgets), pharmaceutical companies (who oppose public access to cheap, effective, and un-patentable chemicals), and of course drug cartels.

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