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Cryptocurrency Learning & Resources for 2018

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about cryptocurrency. The opportunities currently available in this space, it seems to me, are too good to pass up. 2017 was the year crypto went mainstream and the next few years, I am guessing, are going to be wild. If you want to learn about this […]

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Feb. 19, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Try Audio Journalling

For both time and convenience’s sake, a few years back I started audio journalling along with writing in a paper journal. What is “audio journalling”? Just recording yourself talking. This is easy with an app on your phone. Audio journalling has some advantages: – It’s faster than typing or writing by hand – You can […]

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Jan. 23, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Final Thoughts for 2017

It’s about that time – I hope you’ve had a good year. Here’s mine in brief: I lived in San Francisco for about four months, which was quite an experience. There I (self) published a book and attended Psychedelic Science 2017. I applied to a master’s program in New York, got in, then was convinced […]

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Dec. 16, 2017, 3:58 a.m.

How to Have Mystical Experience: A Research-Based Guide

After reading the last post on this topic, you may be wondering how to have your own mystical experience. That’s understandable, as mystical experience is widely considered one of the most profound and meaningful someone can have. Mystical experience is characterized by feelings of self-transcendence and direct connection with the divine, a sense of cosmic unity, […]

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Dec. 12, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

Choose Beliefs That Are Beneficial (Even If Not Necessarily True)

It has often seemed a hidden truth that people can choose their beliefs much more freely than they think. Beliefs seem or feel concrete, but in reality they are quite arbitrary and liable to change based on time or circumstance. For example, imagine a person born several hundred years ago but otherwise identical to you. […]

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Dec. 6, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Why The Public Can No Longer Trust Academia

Most of us still believe academic credentials and publications have some intrinsic value. You see a citation – a bracketed name and date (Smith, 1983) or an authoritative looking little number (1) – and trust it to mean something. But what if it doesn’t? We assume published papers are written by well-educated experts, and that the […]

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Dec. 2, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

How Psychedelics Take Us Back to the Garden of Eden

A few weeks ago I saw a talk by Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris about using psilocybin to treat depression. It was fascinating and the video is below if you want to watch. Carhart-Harris works at Imperial College London as part of a psychedelic research team, and at around 28:00 he says something very interesting that I […]

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Nov. 29, 2017, midnight

Mystical Experience & Psychedelics: Meaningful, Measurable, Life Changing

In the last post we saw that there are some significant, lasting changes in personality traits and values that come as a result of psychedelic experience. It also appears that the catalyst for these changes is something called mystical experience. What is mystical experience, and why is it so powerful? A mystical experience, as we […]

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Nov. 22, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

Making Courage a Habit

This concept is simple but potentially very impactful if you can implement it. The idea is to make courage a habit. What does that mean exactly? Let’s define our terms: Courage, I think, is best imagined as simply a decision in a moment. You find yourself in a situation with a choice to make and […]

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Nov. 14, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Psychedelics, Personality Traits, and Values: A Closer Look at the Research

The last post asked the question: Can we derive values from psychedelic experience? That is to say what, if anything, does psychedelic experience tell us about how to live our lives? Some related questions came up: Is there a common set of values that unites the psychedelic community? To what extent are values actually imbued by the […]

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Nov. 10, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Can We Derive Values From Psychedelic Experience?

It’s a sort of spider-like creature, but a spider with gaping jaws. It crawls towards me on the floor – right towards my face as I’m lying on my back. Now a swarm of these creatures completely cover my body and begin to eat me alive. It started simply from seeing the closet on the […]

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Nov. 6, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

How to Manage High Openness & High Conscientiousness

When I was 21 I was living in Thailand and thinking about my future. I thought, I could be the barefoot hippie running in the woods. And that seemed like a viable path for my life. I also thought, I could be the shiny-shoed salesman working in a big city. And that seemed viable too. […]

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Oct. 29, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

Self Authoring Review – Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring Suite

This is a review of Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring Suite, which includes the Past, Present and Future Authoring programs. This Self Authoring review will cover what the program is, my experience with it and some of the insights I gained, as well as some suggestions if you want to do it too. What is Self […]

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Oct. 17, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

How Love Might Feel

It’s funny, I was writing a post by the same name, wondering how you might know if it’s love. How can you be sure, I thought, when you don’t know your subjectivity is the same as someone else’s? How do we know we’re all talking about the same thing? And so on and so forth, philosophizing. […]

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Oct. 2, 2017, 5:54 p.m.

Focusing (Introspection Technique)

Hey, you haven’t heard from me in a while. Today I wanted to share something interesting I learned recently – it’s a technique for introspection called Focusing. Focusing was created by a psychotherapist named Eugene Gendlin who, in the 1950s and 60s, did research analyzing thousands of recorded therapy sessions in an attempt to find […]

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Sept. 23, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

Something a Little Different (Cute Animals Doing Drugs)

I haven’t been posting that much lately, partly because I’ve been working on something a bit different with a close friend. We’ve started an apparel brand with the goal of changing perceptions around drugs and drug policy in society. Our designs are based on the fact that many animals species alter their consciousness with drugs […]

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June 26, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Your Top 20 Modafinil Questions Answered

This is an FAQ for modafinil, meant to answer the most common questions I get personally as well as those aggregated from online search queries. It’s a mix of personal experience, information gleaned from anecdotal evidence online, and objective science. All the objective claims are cited with relevant links to studies in the footnotes. There […]

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June 24, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Explaining Psychedelic Creativity with Sliding Scales of Perception

Last week I took three tabs of acid and tripped on the floor for a good few hours. The more psychedelics I take the more I have the desire to “bring something back” – a little for myself but mostly in order to be better able to convince more people to take psychedelics. The more […]

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June 13, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

Doing Costless Good

At Psychedelic Science 2017 I briefly interacted with one of the most warm and welcoming women in the world. She was volunteering at the tea house, serving tea at low tables with cushions spread around on the floor. Whenever someone sat down, this woman was ready with tea and a gracious smile. When she smiled at you it was like being […]

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May 23, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

5 Best Self Improvement Books That Changed My Life for the Better

Books have the strange and extraordinary ability to change the way we think and act, simply by looking at little black shapes on a page. Reading certain books has increased my happiness, self discipline, productivity, the quality of my relationships, the amount of money I make, and more. This is a list of the best self... [Read More]

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May 11, 2017, 1:34 p.m.