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This is your brain on LSD? Scientists want to find out

Posted: March 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm


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One of the subjects being prepared to enter the MEG scanner. Beckley Foundation

Would you pay money to support a scientific experiment involving illegal drugs?

A group of British scientists started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining 25,000 pounds (about $37,600) needed to complete the first scientific study ever to image the brains of people "tripping" on the psychedelic drug LSD.

"We only asked for a small amount because we didn't know how people would respond," Amanda Fielding, the director of the Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Research Foundation, told CBS News.

Led by neuroscientists at Imperial College London, the study seeks to use MRI and MEG imaging to show how LSD affects brain processes. It is part of a research project that the scientists say could revolutionize the understanding of the human brain. Researchers hope the images will begin to reveal the way the drug could work to heal many debilitating conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder, alcohol addiction, depression and anxiety.

The public's response to the crowdfunding appeal was overwhelming. Within the first 24 hours after its request was posted online, the Beckley Foundation/Imperial College Psychedelic Science Programme reached -- and then exceeded -- its goal.

"We went into it tenuously and have been delighted by the response," said Fielding. "It's an incredibly important area. LSD is something that can expand certain areas of the human personality: openness, spirituality, and creativity. But because of the government prohibition of these substances there has been no recent scientific research."

In the 1950s and 60s, LSD was explored as an aid to psychotherapy for various psychiatric illnesses. LSD research was short-lived, however, and the drug was declared illegal in the late 1960s. Its classification as a Schedule I drug -- meaning it has high potential for abuse and lacks any currently accepted medical use in treatment -- has made it nearly impossible for scientists to research.

Only recently have scientists begun to push the door back open to study LSD and other hallucinogenic substances. Fielding's team is working hard to provide substantial scientific research to help eliminate the taboo of LSD and other hallucinogenic substances and loosen regulations on scientific testing.

"There are many millions of people who have experienced the benefits of psychedelics, and there are millions of people who are suffering with illnesses that want to see if these drugs can help," said Fielding.

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March 7th, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Ghost Exorcism at Salangpur through its Healing Well water – Video

Posted: March 6, 2015 at 9:45 am


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Ghost Exorcism at Salangpur through its Healing Well water

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March 6th, 2015 at 9:45 am

Haunting Ghosts get expelled at Salangpur Hanumanji – Rare Darshan – Video

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Haunting Ghosts get expelled at Salangpur Hanumanji - Rare Darshan
Every saturday, huge crowd gathers at the Kashtabhanjan Hanumandev Maharajji at Gujrat, India. The man deity is known to have immense powers to spiritually heal all the believers who seek respite...

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March 6th, 2015 at 9:45 am

To Speyside High School youths with love

Posted: March 4, 2015 at 9:47 pm


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This week, yours truly humbly apologises to the sixth form students of Speyside High School for not being able to reach their school to engage in a discourse on the presence of Africans in this part of the world before the coming of Columbus.

Being still a 'foot soldier' in the African redemption struggle, it was difficult for me to work out my return from Speyside even though the trip to go was organised.

Be that as it may, I still feel duty bound to share some information on the subject matter, not only for my youths of Speyside High School, but also for African youths wherever they may be. It is quite evident that the state of the African mind-set in this post-colonial period needs to be reset.

Just two weeks ago, I made the trip to Skinner Park in South Trinidad to support some of the artistes from Tobago who made it to the National Calypso Semi-finals. What happened there was reflective of the state of mind of the African Trinidadian. There was an African Trinidadian artiste Sugar Aloes on stage performing his song and he was showered with 'toilet paper' by African Trinidadians, because of their belief that he was no longer supporting a supposedly 'African' political party.

How can adult African Trinidadian or Tobagonians preparing to go to a show where the African art form of calypso is being featured, pack rolls of toilet paper in their bags to wave at and insult a fellow African artiste who they perceive does not support their views. If that is not fascist behaviour, then I do not know what is. How must the African Trinidadian youth relate to such behaviour by their adults? It is not hard to understand why the African Trinidadian youths are so prone to violent behaviour against each other.

A major part of the mental and psychological problem facing the African Tobagonian and Trinidadian is their lack of historical knowledge of their fore-parents' contribution to the development of world civilisation. Many of us grew up with the belief that the African motherland was always a place of backwardness which contributed absolutely nothing to world civilisation. In fact, even though in Trinidad and Tobago, we were governed by a supposedly 'African' government for over forty years, African history has never been taught in our schools. So generations of African youths grew up in total ignorance about their peoples contribution to Planet Earth.

It is now an established scientific and historical fact that humankind first existed in Africa. From Africa, they moved to various parts of the planet, such as Australia, India and other parts of Asia. They also went to Europe. Some historians even claim that Africans got trapped in an 'ice age' in Europe and 'mutated'. Africans also came to the Caribbean and the Americas long before Columbus. Hence the reason why I am recommending to the students of Speyside High School and other African youths that they get and read a copy of the late Guyanese Professor Ivan Van Sertima's book, 'They Came Before Columbus.' In that book, the monumental contributions of Africans to the development of the Inca and Aztec civilisations in Central and South America are well detailed.

In fact, the diaries of the crew on the ships who came with Columbus to the Caribbean revealed that they saw Africans in Caribbean islands such as St Vincent and also on the Central American coast. The truth is that historical research has shown Africans establishing civilisations as far back as ten thousand years ago and such research is ongoing. Such civilisations were not only in North Africa but also in Central and South Africa.

We do not know that in architecture, science, astrology, medicine, governance structures and spirituality to name a few were areas of development which early Africans focussed on. Those early African civilisations placed emphasis on the development of the human being. In other words, the human being was central to forward movement of the society. Their search for knowledge was constant and much time was spent on acquiring knowledge on all matters escalated to Planet Earth and the wider universe.

It was in Africa where Jesus Christ and Greek scholars such as Aristotle, Plato and Socrates got their knowledge. African thinkers and scholars established vast libraries for study and research.

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March 4th, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Retrospective of Nimoys photography coming to Alamance Arts this spring

Posted: February 28, 2015 at 10:42 am


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Bonnie Moss of Alamance County with Leonard Nimoy at the MASS MoCA museum in North Adams, Mass.. In 2010. Moss obtained her first Nimoy photograph at age 15 and met him in 1979.

By Michael D. Abernethy / Times-News

As the world says goodbye to iconic cultural figure Leonard Nimoy, North Carolinians will have the opportunity to reflect on his life and work at a career-spanning exhibition of his photography coming to Alamance County in May.

On the Other Side of the Lens: The Photography of Leonard Nimoy will feature more than 30 years of his work. It opens May 1 and will be on display through July 15 at Alamance Arts, at 213 S. Main St., Graham.

More than 30 pieces are being donated from the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Mass., which houses the bulk of Nimoys photographic work, and nine more pieces are coming from the personal collection of Burlington resident Bonnie Moss.

Moss knew Nimoy, and in 2010 helped sponsor one of his photography exhibitions in Massachusetts. Last year, she arranged for the Alamance Arts exhibition through the R. Michelson Galleries, Nimoy and the local Wooten Family Fund.

People dont realize what a well-respected photographer he was, Moss said. Were probably one of the smaller venues his work has been shown in. He has work in New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Were in some good company there.

Moss a licensed clinical social worker with Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell became aware of Nimoy as most of the world did, through his legendary portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek. She continued to follow him through the other facets of his career, purchasing her first of his photographs at age 15 through a fan club.

She first met him in 1979 and would have occasion to keep in touch with him over the next three-and-a-half decades, finally coming to know him as a friend. In June, she was invited to attend the ceremony during which Nimoy received an honorary Emmy Award for acting.

In 2010, she sponsored the exhibition of his photography series, Secret Selves, for which Nimoy asked people to portray their inner fantasies in front of his camera. Through that experience, Moss posed for his lens as a bride. Shes never married. She keeps the photo at her home.

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February 28th, 2015 at 10:42 am

Bhoot, Ghost Exorcised by the Spiritual Power of the Well Water at Salangpur – Video

Posted: February 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm


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Bhoot, Ghost Exorcised by the Spiritual Power of the Well Water at Salangpur
The Temple itself has a unique history and this Well has being used since its inception to draw out Ghosts and Spirits which affect the worshipers and people at large.

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February 24th, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Ganga Aarti at varanasi Ghat with Dhoop – Video

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm


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Ganga Aarti at varanasi Ghat with Dhoop
The use of Dhoop incense is seen in most of the Oriental countries as part of the holy ritual to appease and invoke or call the revered spirits and in this v...

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February 19th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Mindfully create better health in a variety of ways

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Can we create health? What if we could? How would that affect our own health and our nation's health care system? Don Berwick, CEO and founder of the Harvard-based Institute for Health Improvement, has said, "We would be better off to redirect some of our health care enterprise from fighting illness to pursuing health, going from health care to health creation." How can we make that shift on an individual basis? Here are some practical ideas for our own health creation or, for you fellow etymologists, "salutogenesis."

1 A healthy mind: Actually, the word salutogenesis has another meaning, too: the origin of health. So where does health originate? Conventional wisdom would say it comes from some combination of genetics, environment and behavior. But let's be unconventional for a moment and consider a more radical idea. The current mindfulness trend, which Parade magazine recently claimed to be the "#1 Health Booster for 2015," points to the mental nature of health.

This leads to an even more radical idea, namely that "Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind," as Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures. This statement points a little deeper still, to the divine mind uplifting the human mind and its concept of health by accessing the divine. The effect of human thought, especially when inspired by the divine, on human health is beginning to take its rightful place in both health management and health creation.

So ... take some time to pray, meditate, reflect or just be quiet for an extended period. The book Sabbath, by Harvard theologian Wayne Muller, not only extols the health benefits of mindfulness, it also explains that the concept of sabbath, while religious in origin, has powerful application to everyday life for both the religious and the nonreligious among us. Muller shows readers "how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal a refuge for our souls." This can be an invaluable health creator.

2 Healthy practices: The word "spirituality" is beginning to be heard more and more in relation to the word health. But is spirituality something we just read and talk about? What happens when we actually practice it? I've found the active practice of spirituality to be one of the most powerful health producers around. For example: the active practice of gratitude. Finding fresh ways in which to say thank you, keeping a gratitude journal and consciously trying to stay in a grateful frame of mind really do promote physical health. This is a proven scientific fact. Here's another: The active practice of empathy and compassion is a proven health creator. Developing the consistent mental ability to put yourself in the other person's shoes is a healthy practice and often turns contempt into solution-oriented thinking. Solutions to unhealthy situations homelessness, corruption, crime and disease become more accessible in the presence of true empathy and compassion.

3 Healthy habits: Let's be honest (a healthy habit in its own right!). We all have some unhealthy habits. Facing and conquering them is a health creator. Here's an example. A friend realized at one point that her habit of harboring critical thoughts was unhealthy, mentally and physically. She took some time to pray about a solution. A familiar Psalm from the Bible came to thought. It strongly recommends not sitting in "the seat of the scornful." She prayed a bit more to know how to stay out of that hot seat and avoid critical thinking. The answer that came was simply to love more, to consciously challenge and replace every critical thought with a loving one. This is hard to do overnight, but the cumulative effect of persistent improvement is a much healthier life.

4 Healthy responses: We are all tempted to react with unhealthy responses to local and global events. But what if our responses were always consciously healthy? That might seem hard, but it is always within reach. Here are a few examples of healthier responses that can be practiced both locally and globally:

Respond to anger with compassion.

Respond to rudeness with grace.

Respond to ignorance with understanding.

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February 19th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Baba Keenaram Ashram at Varanasi- Interview about History of Aghor temple – Video

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Baba Keenaram Ashram at Varanasi- Interview about History of Aghor temple
Aghor or Aughar wisdom has always been a part of Sanatan Dharma or Hindu religion. This video is a small overview of the highly energized temple premises of ...

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February 19th, 2015 at 6:53 am

Interview of Swamijis of Salangpur Kashtabhanjan Dev Hanumanji – Video

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Interview of Swamijis of Salangpur Kashtabhanjan Dev Hanumanji
Salangpur Kashtabhanjan Dev Hanuman Mandir situated in a small village at Salangpur also called as Sarangpur in the state of Gujarat, in India. This place ha...

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