Here groups of researchers, faculty members, and trainees go through a paper and dissect every aspect from the rationale to the methodology and ultimately the data analysis and conclusions. Again this is very time-consuming work, even for experts. So how can an individual, who is not a trained scientist, possibly hope to truly digest the ramifications of a scientific study? This is particularly true when the popular science press, generally the source of the link to the paper, in an understandable attempt to abstract the work to create a fundamental take-home message useful and interesting to the reader, might not place the work in the appropriate context, or view it with sufficient skepticism. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
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After that, little serious research was possible because, like most psychedelics, LSD was made illegal in most countries in the 1960s. However, Stanislav Grof (1975), the American psychiatrist and founder of transpersonal psychology, reviewed the early experiments with LSD and some included OBEs. OBEs also occurred during LSD therapy for the dying and may have contributed to the reduction in fear and death anxiety that these experiments revealed (Grof and Halifax 1977). Half a century later, research on LSD for the dying has at last begun again (Gasser et al 2014). In a previous post, I wrote about how a young man’s LSD trip led him to become a pioneering near-death experience researcher. … [Read more...] about Psychedelics and the Out-of-Body Experience
While the participants in this study were, on average, in their seventies, the findings could be helpful for any of us in sexually active relationships regardless of our age. That is, even if we're not yet in our post-retirement years, now is as good of a time as any to consider whether we hold too-narrow definitions of sex, and whether our sexual activity could look and feel more pleasurable and more satisfying if we expanded our definitions to include more physical intimacy. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?
However, there is some research suggesting positive therapeutic benefits of ingesting Ayahuasca. One study found that a single dose of Ayahuasca had rapid, sustained antidepressant effects in patients with recurrent depression who had not responded well to medication in the past. In another study examining a six-month evaluation of the ingestion of Ayahuasca on psychiatric symptoms, results showed improved mental health and a change in attitude towards emotional independence. … [Read more...] about Ayahuasca and Its Potential to Treat PTSD
Recently, the Atlantic published a piece that very eloquently went through several productive, and other likely futile, means of transmission mitigation—actions aimed to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Overall, the key takeaway point is that not everything we may be doing is truly protective, and the more time we spend on things that are in fact futile, the more we fall into the illusion of perceived protections, potentially devoting less effort to what is truly effective. However, before we think about the motivations behind our actions, we need to ask ourselves: How does the virus spread in the first place? … [Read more...] about COVID-19 and Security Theater