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  • zabba 11:15 pm on June 28, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: john hopkins, mother jones, mushrooms   

    Mushroom Study 

    Notably, 61% of volunteers considered the psilocybin experience during either or both the [highest dosage] sessions to have been the single most spiritually significant of their lives, with 83% rating it in their top five. Consistent with this, 94% and 89% of volunteers, respectively, indicated that the experiences on those same sessions increased their well-being or life satisfaction and positively changed their behavior at least moderately….


  • zabba 12:53 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: cancer, , mushrooms,   


    • perpetuallyphil 4:18 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink

      “Psilocybin, an alkaloid compound in the tryptamine family, is produced by hundreds of species of fungi and acts on the serotonin receptors in the part of the brain responsible for non-verbal imagery and emotion. Its mind-altering effects can last anywhere from three to eight hours.

      It is in the same class of chemicals as mescaline, contained in the peyote cactus, which is used in religious ceremonies by Native Americans, and dimethyltryptamine, which is in ayahuasca, used by indigenous South American religions. The effects are sometimes described as similar to near-death experiences. Some research has shown that brain activity under psilocybin mimics closely that of Buddhist monks meditating.
      “It appears we are hardwired with neuro-circuitry to meditate and have the spiritual experience,” said Ross.

  • tallbridge 10:03 am on August 7, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , development, , , , mushrooms, , ,   


    Via Google.org Blog:

    The vast potential of energy efficiency

    Thursday 8/06/2009 09:10:00 AM

    (Cross-posted from the Public Policy Blog)

    It’s no surprise that the cheapest and most available solution to the climate problem is simply to use energy more efficiently. But a recent study issued by McKinsey & Co. details just how compelling an opportunity we are missing. McKinsey predicts that an annual investment of roughly $50 billion over the next 10 years would cut energy demand by 23% and yield savings to the U.S. economy worth $1.2 trillion! The energy savings would be equal to taking the entire U.S. passenger fleet of cars and trucks off the road.

    Such efficiency gains are possible only if we overcome some major hurdles. For instance, most people have no idea how much energy we use in our homes on a daily basis or which of our appliances or devices are consuming the most energy. That’s one of the reasons that we created Google PowerMeter, a software gadget that shows users detailed information on their home electricity consumption. Studies show that when people have access to this kind information they reduce their energy use by up to 15%. Greater savings are possible if people use the information to buy a more efficient refrigerator or air conditioner, insulate their home, or take advantage of off-peak electricity rates.

    The McKinsey report acknowledges that energy efficiency alone won’t solve our energy and climate challenges. We must continue to put major resources into low-carbon sources of energy like renewable energy, and the federal economic stimulus, with its tens of billions of targeted dollars and incentives, is a good start. But the McKinsey findings are a wake up call. As we enact more comprehensive energy policies, energy efficiency — and giving people the information, tools and incentives to take advantage of it — should be front and center.

    Posted by Michael Terrell, Program Manager, Google.org

    Turning on the Solar Power Tower

    Thursday 8/06/2009 01:23:00 PM

    In 2007 Google.org launched our Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative and announced a $10 million investment in the early-stage clean power company eSolar, Inc. Yesterday in Southern California, eSolar flipped the switch on what is to be the first solar power tower facility in the U.S. that will enter full commercial operation.

    Success here could signal the emergence of a clean energy technology by which we might — for the first time — economically harness the sun to produce large quantities of electricity. And we would be harnessing a massive and, for all practical purposes, inexhaustible energy supply.

    In many respects eSolar has turned conventional thinking about solar power tower technology on its head in order to drastically reduce the capital and operating cost of solar thermal power plants. Instead of employing a small number of large and expensive specialty mirrors eSolar takes the opposite approach – incorporating thousands of small mirrors that can be made cheaply in massive quantities. And instead of having to reinforce large mirrors to stand up to high winds, eSolar’s small mirrors have a low profile, reducing material costs including steel and concrete for the mounting structures.

    Of course this massive number of mirrors requires more sophisticated software so they accurately track the sun leading to high heat output and system efficiency. At Google we’re particularly intrigued with this aspect of the eSolar product — that is, how the performance of energy technology can be enhanced by information technology. Call it ET meets IT.

    The eSolar team has taken a giant step toward cracking the code on solar power tower technology. I’m hopeful that just a few years from now we will see this facility – and many more like it – focusing the sun’s energy to produce a brighter future for our children and the planet they will inherit.

    Posted by Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change & Energy Initaitives

    • oneshowatatime 5:36 pm on August 7, 2009 Permalink

      Nice video tour…


    • homad 8:23 pm on August 7, 2009 Permalink

      I work for Factory To You Windows (FTYwindows.com).. The windows we use are 97% efficient and approved for the tax credit (an immediate $1,500 off) 🙂 now if only more people would get us to install them hehe. I love it: Get to walk around and get exercise in the sun, get to interact with lots of people, cats, lizards, butterflies, birds, and dogs, and I get to disperse orgonite in parts of Texas I don’t normally travel to.

    • perpetuallyphil 9:13 pm on August 7, 2009 Permalink


  • tallbridge 9:31 am on August 1, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: mushrooms, ,   

    The Rootwires 

    From one of the most stellar photogranerds in the mycelium 2.0…psilocybe mycelium

    Funginerd Photostream

  • tallbridge 7:18 am on June 7, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: mushrooms, ,   

    Mushroom Man 

    Paul Stamets recently rediscovered what is potentially a shamanic mushroom hotspot in the Pacific Northwest when out with a film crew.  He told Skidmore Colllege in February that it is only a 1/100 chance to find the agarikon strain which he was looking for.  This trip set a landmark for the continued research of agarikon and its wonderful health benefits.

    • homad 7:48 pm on June 7, 2009 Permalink

      Cool! There are many cultures that reference “mushroom men” Look to all the “hats” you see different cultures wearing.

  • tallbridge 4:03 pm on January 23, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: coldplay, fractals, galactivation, mushrooms, mycellium, neuroscience, ,   

    Weird Science 

    Show this to every Coldplay Fan you know 🙂

  • tallbridge 8:46 am on September 23, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , gordon wasson, , mushrooms   

    Don’t Be Concerned Old One (We’re Making Sure the Pilot Light Doesn’t Go Out).mp3 

    Recorded tonight by Contact Solution (feat. Jason Takahashi and Samuel Brouse).

    Click here.

    • homad 11:00 pm on September 23, 2008 Permalink

      Great job!!! Is this something you want on torrent sites?? Would be happy to help spread this.

    • tallbridge 1:53 pm on September 24, 2008 Permalink

      i don’t think i would mind…i plan on throwing an album of that kind of stuff together….the woman singing is from the first recording gordon wasson put together travelling to oaxaca to check out maria sabina and very ceremonies

      luckily i’ve got a musical genius on my hands, and im a decent data traveller, so i wanna make a whole cd sort of to that effect…hopefully by november we’ll have it taken care of

      much thanks for the support 🙂

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