Archive for Art

Podcast 447 – “Manifesting New Communities”

Guest speakers: La Laurien & Shonagh Home

La Laurien and Lorenzo at Burning Man 2002

PROGRAM NOTES:

In this wide-ranging conversation between two experienced medicine women, in addition to talking about shamanism and psychedelic medicines, such as magic mushrooms, MDMA, LSD, and others, they also venture into such diverse areas as aliens and language. Most importantly, they talk about Atlan, which was co-founded by La Laurien. Atlan is a living and learning ecovillage dedicated to the artful co-creation of healthy living systems celebrating the connectedness and diversity of all Life. The village is located in the Columbia River Gorge.

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MIRRORACLE (La Laurien’s Web site)

Palenque Norte 2007 (on Vimeo)

Palenque Norte 2007 from Lorenzo Hagerty on Vimeo.


Psychedelic Traveler

Your psychedelic travel guide around the globe


The Daily Psychedelic Video


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Podcast 435 – “The Neuroscience of Music”

Guest speaker: Marina Korsakova

Marina Korsakova & Bruce Damer at the 2014 Burning Man festival

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Dr. Marina Korsakova. Marina is a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception of melodic transformation. Currently, Marina teaches Music Cognition at Touro College. She performs regularly as a member of Union City Chamber Players, and she is an author of books and scientific papers. Her latest book, “Music as Magical Journey: A Story of Tonal Gravity, Melodic Objects, and Motion in Tonal Space,” makes a friendly introduction into the science of music.

COMMENTS by Marina Korsakova
When giving my talk, I was not always clear about important points.
Below are some elucidations and corrections.

7:05 When saying a “low level of music perception” I meant the low level of consciousness, which is required for processing the melodic elements that make music.

10:35 Vibration of a string (and an air column) generates a very long tail of soft sounds – overtones. But the consonant quality of different sounds is defined by the relationships among their strongest overtones – those overtones that are in the beginning of the overtone series.

11:58 The pleasant quality of consonant melodic elements (as compared to the dissonant) can be explained by the lesser cost of neuronal energy for their auditory processing. The economy happens thanks to the redundancy of important spectral information for the consonant sounds. Here we are dealing with the law of laziness: the less efforts for processing, the more pleasant an element of perception.

12:50 Music can have different layers of perception. Enjoyment with some of the layers may require an expert understanding, though the essence of emotional communication in music is available for everybody. It is the perception of music’s building material—the melodic elements—that does not require any intellectual efforts. We perceive melodic matter intuitively.

19:40 Everything around us and we ourselves are made of interactions of different force fields. Today we know four fundamental forces of nature: the gravitational force, strong interaction, electromagnetic force, and weak force.

22:40 “Sharing on the top” meant that music and psychotropic drugs might share the same neural substrate.

25:24 Our study found that people we no musical training can have fine understanding of the exquisite details of tonal field and even of musical styles. That data was illustrated with graphs (pictures).

27:05 Music can be explained as artful arrangement of levels of tonal energy along the arrow of time

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Marina Korsakova’s Website

The Universe of Music By Marina Korsakova-Kreyn

The Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness by Lorenzo Hagerty (HTML format)

The Psychedelic Society of Ireland (first announcement)

The Women’s Visionary Congress

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Podcast 425 – “Drug Policy, Technology and Everything Else”

Guest speaker: John Gilmore

John Gilmore

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.]

“I thank medical marijuana for breaking down social resistance to recreational marijuana.”

“In medical marijuana states it was the gay community that developed political skills in working for their own liberation that then applied those skills to liberate marijuana in a medical context in the aids fight. Those people blazed a trail for us.”

“I think encouraging courage among people who are in the know to actually say what they know is a way to have positive social change. It’s a way that the powerful are vulnerable to the ordinary people.”

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HTTPS Everywhere

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

By John Markoff

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Podcast 422 – “Visualizing the Psychedelic Experience Using Computer Graphics”

Guest speaker: Niles Heckman

Niles Heckman delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Niles Heckman.]

“The visual component of the psychedelic experience is for the most part the final frontier for what computer graphics still have yet to replicate faithfully.”

“Art isn’t really important unless it helps you grow in creating it, or it helps others grow through its consumption.”

“Computer graphics are, and will continue to be, the tool used to visualize what is essentially unlanguageable.”

“It’s really fascinating that indigenous people have essentially been uploading themselves to much more advanced organic realms for potentially thousands of years, if not more, seeing imagery that’s much more complex than what you can see in a Hollywood summer blockbuster today.”

“Psychedelic experiences, whether real or future replicated, if done responsibly, aren’t negative escapism but could be a true awakening process for more people, because we are not human beings that can have spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences.”

“Ambitions are competitive, aspirations are not. Aspirations take nothing from anyone else and injure no one else and allow you as a sovereign individual to grow, because that’s why we’re all here.”

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Niles Heckman’s
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Post-Burning Man companion interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckmen for his podcast “In A Perfect World.”

Blue Morpho.tv Foundation Upcoming Events

What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

by John Markoff

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Podcast 399 – “We Are At The Cutting Edge”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Bruce Damer, Terence McKenna, and Robert Venosa

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The moment is where we spend most of our time.”

“Reality is a term that if it’s used at all it’s used in philosophy, in ontology, in epistemology. It is not a concept that you hear very often on the lips of scientists.”

“The ‘fallacy of misplaced concreteness’ is the belief that there is something, somewhere which is real, which can be depended upon, which everything else can be referenced back to. And as long as you are victim of this fallacy you are philosophically naive and probably not at ease psychologically.”

“The ego is this strange transference of loyalty from the group to the self, the individual body.”

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Podcast 397 – “Art and Other Disruptive Technologies”

Guest speakers: Joh Isaac Mitchell & Michael Goldstein

A 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture (purposely blurred :-)

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we feature two interesting talks: Art as Technology and Crypto-anarchy. The first talk is from the 2013 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. And that story is followed by a concise explanation of how bitcoin technology evolved and that cryptocurrency is only the tip of its iceberg. And should you harbor fears that bitcoin is a government operation, there is this quote by Michael Goldsetin:
“Satoshi could have been an NSA backed totalitarian, but his protocol is strictly anarchist. He could have easily been paid by the government to create it, but he created something that the government itself cannot shut down. And the protocol itself is strictly anti-government in the sense that it does not allow for government.”

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Follow Michael Goldstein on Twitter

Satoshi Nakamoto Institute


Cypherpunk in Wikipedia

A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto

Crypto Anarchy and Virtual Communities

John Gilmore on the Psychedelic Salon

Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson

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Podcast 395 – #WaveOfAction

Guest speakers: Various

#WaveOfAction . . . Occupy Consciousness

PROGRAM NOTES:

The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4, 2014 and runs through July 4, 2014. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. As our part in this WAVE, the salon will feature periodic reports from this global ripple in our species-consciousness. This is the first of those podcasts.

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Actify ~ Wave of Action ~ 4.4.14

Video sources of audio segments

Dwayne Hoover’s Podcast

Song Download

“Mushroom Man” (download)

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Podcast 392 – “MDMA and Autistic Adults: A New Research Study”

Guest speakers: Alicia Danforth & Charlie Grob

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features a 2013 Palenque Norte lecture given by Alicia Danforth in which she tells about her work with the autistic community and their use of MDMA. Following that is a recording of a conversation with Alicia and Dr. Charlie Grob, who have just begun a new study to investigate the potential of using MDMA to help ease the social anxiety that is sometimes experienced by our friends and fellow saloners in the autistic community.

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LINKS mentioned in this podcast:

Study Information: MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

“What Is Autism?” by Nick Walker

Exploring therapeutic effects of MDMA on post-traumatic stress

Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

Podcast Archive for Gary Fisher

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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Podcast 375 – “Story Time with Ken Adams”

Guest speaker: Ken Adams

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we get to hear another of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This talk features the artist, experimental film maker, micro-publisher, and media developer, Ken Adams, who for many years was a close friend and neighbor of the late Terence McKenna. You will be delighted with some of the true stories Ken tells as we get to wander with him through the mind of a uniquely creative artist. Also, I tell a couple of my ‘grandfather stories’, and we finish with Ron Shock telling the greatest dope story ever.

“We have shared experiences that the entire world knows about, like 9-11 and all the catastrophes in Japan and Haiti and all over the world, the Gulf. We’re being introduced to a level of experience that’s post tribal, post national, where we’re all sharing the same emotional experiences and beginning to develop the persona of a new human being, a human being that’s never been here before. It’s something that’s completely unique in human history.”
-Ken Adams

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The Terence McKenna Experience

ceremonial cinema by
Ken Adams

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Podcast 373 – “Thoughts About Gnosticism, Art, and Music”

Guest speaker: Terence McKennna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“A single chemist can produce ten million hits [of LSD]. Well this is not some guy getting rich, this is about changing history, when you’re talking about ten million consciousness-expanding experiences.”

“One of the ways of modeling the psychedelic experience is to see that it dissolves conventional wisdom. It dissolves adherence to group values, because it dissolves all structure, because it dissolves syntax. It shows the provisional nature of syntax.”

“Try and look at consciousness as a resource for want of which we are going mad.”

“And that what we really want, in the domain of planning, is an abandonment of ideology, that ideology is poisonous, all ideology is poisonous.”

“You just can’t go wrong as a heretic, because they’re always vindicated.”

“Permission for heresy is never a bad idea.”

“Television is not reality. Television is the cultural myth about reality.”

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Books mentioned in this podcast

The Art of Seeing
by Aldous Huxley

Myth of Invariance: The Origin of the Gods, Mathematics and Music from the RG Veda to Plato
by Ernest G. McClain

Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth
by Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechen

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