Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday links



 Amanita muscaria, aka Fly Agaric.

California initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms.  Click the link for the mushrooms, stay for the "he believes psilocybin-laced mushrooms could have been transported to earth by an asteroid. 'What I think we’re dealing with possibly is alien contact,' Saunders said in an interview. 'It may be some sort of communication from an advanced society, to reprogram us, to reprogram our souls or mind. I think this could be the next big awakening'.”

"Per his wishes, the late Terry Pratchett’s hard drive, containing all his unfinished books, was destroyed by a steamroller named 'Lord Jericho' at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. | The Guardian" Via Literary Hub.

Show business news. I don't know anything else about this yet. 

'Hate speech' laws in Europe are used on leftists. Glenn Greenwald.

RAW book pile.

Campus discussion on free speech suppressed.

A Personal Message from Daniel Ellsberg.  

3 comments:

michael said...

The psilocybin mushrooms as alien intelligence manifest on Earth idea really gets going with Terence McKenna. Riffing on he and his brother's experience at La Chorrera - which he claimed was dictated to him directly by "the mushroom", which claimed to be of extraterrestrial origin, from spores drifting through space to colonize new planets:

"The mushroom which you see is part of my body given over to sex thrills and sunbathing...The occurrence of psilocybin and psilocin in the biosynthetic pathways of my living body opens for me and my symbiots the vision screens to many worlds." The mushroom (this riff McKenna pushes further when talking of his experience on DMT) enabled faster-than-light communication with all other mycelial bodies across the cosmos.

RAW, like myself, was greatly entertained by Terence's turn on quasi-directed Panspermia, but our model agnosticisms never allowed us to believe. But who knows, right?

Terence and Jaron Lanier also liked to riff on octopi as alien intelligence on Earth; both doing so in the early 1980s if not sooner. Mainstream popular science writing has caught on in a big way here only in the past 5 yrs.

Branka Tesla said...

Jacques Derrida proposes an interesting method for distribution of life in his book "The Post Card - From Socrates to Freud and Beyond".

On 8 June 1977 Derrida writes: "Imagine the day, as I have already, that we will be able to send sperm by post card, without going through a check drawn on some sperm bank, and that it remains living enough for the artificial insemination to yield fecundation, and even desire."

On 9 June 1977 Derrida continues: "Plato wants to emit. Seed, artificially, technically. That devil of a Socrates holds the syringe. To sow the entire earth, to send the same fertile card to everyone. A pancarte, a pan-card......"

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I am reading a libertarian novel about the war on drugs, "Drug Lord" by Casey and Hunt, that starts out with a quote from McKenna. Will write about it soon.