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Hard News: Psychedelic Therapy: an expert discussion at Splore 2019

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to andin,

    Suresh is a real treasure :-) by the sound of it

    He's great. And I respect that fact that he's determinedly not an advocate, just an open-minded scientist.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to linger,

    Language use in India always deserves a footnote! The language spoken in the station office was most likely Hindustani, a colloquial dialect of Northern India used as a lingua franca throughout the Indian rail system, and also used in Bollywood film dialogue. Hindustani is related to the standard varieties of both Hindi and Urdu: the three names were historically used interchangeably, and “Hindustani” has (less often) been used as a cover term for the entire Hindi-to-Urdu dialect chain. Hence the forms written in Hindi. (Though it’s also true that Modi has promoted Hindi as the preferred standard over all other languages throughout the past decade, so it’s possible even the spoken variety has been shifting more towards Hindi.)

    Thanks for the enlightenment linger. It's these sprinklings of generosity of knowledge that keeps me coming back to this online community.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4306 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A fascinating watch! And, yes, me too with the incredibly hands on approach. Also, quite a lot of leading questions.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Speaking of 'dreamtime' which no one was specifically, but almost...
    There was an excellent documentary on Maori TV tonight (by Werner Herzog) about the internet and its impact on society, called: 'Lo and Behold: Reveries of the connected World' - well worth a look if you can find it -
    the question came up "does the internet dream of itself?'
    I think it can be found on their on demand service. if you are quick.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the question came up “does the internet dream of itself?’

    I’m with the idea dreams are a rehearsal. We run versos scenarios during the sleep cycle and check our emotional response to those. So during the days, we can be more efficient with our decision making, since we already tried showing up at work with out wearing pants in a dream, we already know it will feel wrong. I get recurring dreams I'm smoking a cigaret, and it always has an emotional reaction joined on.

    Dreams don’t mean anything! But they have reasons.

    Some AI, runs random scenarios and calculate the repercussions. Thats dreaming when you use the dream rehearsal hypothesis.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4306 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    For some reason, this 2017 Vice story on one of the Imperial College studies (perhaps one of the ones Suresh worked on, I haven't checked) washed up in my Facebook feed.

    "Several of our patients described feeling 'reset' after the treatment and often used computer analogies," Robin Carhart-Harris, who led the study, said in a statement. "For example, one said he felt like his brain had been 'defragged' like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt 'rebooted.' Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary 'kick start' they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a 'reset' analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Neil, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.

    The 60s gave ECT a bad press. It’s actually a very effective treatment with relatively few side effects.

    Since Nov 2016 • 346 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Neil,

    shocking developments
    They seem to be having success in various areas with running much lower currents through areas of the brain to stimulate it - it need not be up in the 'convulsive' order of charge.

    We are after all, all Galvanic beings...

    see
    https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/your-brain-on-electricity/

    We are what we eat...
    I was also interested to read that the 'gut-brain' neurons are replaced almost every couple of weeks.
    at New Scientist but behind the pay wall.
    general info here
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/your-gut-directly-connected-your-brain-newly-discovered-neuron-circuit

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Attachment

    So, point to the emoji that describes what you are experiencing now…

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4306 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    They seem to be having success in various areas with running much lower currents through areas of the brain to stimulate it – it need not be up in the ‘convulsive’ order of charge.

    Yeah, Suresh talked about that when I interviewed him – noting that the research he's doing with psychedelics might lead to insights about what's actually happening that lead to more effective brain stimulation treatments.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    brain stimulation treatments.

    I hope any sort of enjoyment doesnt get discharged.... If you know what I mean...

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to steven crawford,

    So, point to the emoji that describes what you are experiencing now…

    2 down,
    8 along.
    O )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Seventh along bottom row, from under the table.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4306 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/14/psychedelic-renaissance-could-mdma-help-with-ptsd-depression-and-anxiety

    If anyone is interested. The last 50 years of DEA horse shit has been a disaster, and now da'trump cretins.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to steven crawford,

    Seventh along bottom row, from under the table.

    which I'm reading as "disturbed enlightenment"
    (also from under the table, given another drink or two)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1886 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to linger,

    Oh, it’s the one to the left of that.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4306 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Attachment

    The arrow of time...

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4306 posts Report Reply

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