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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.

Consciousness and its Contents

No-self calls for an alternative model for conceptualizing reality as a human being. This post outlines what I think is the most accurate model for individualized subjective experience – at least the most accurate I have come across so far. In this model experience consists not of a self and that which is other than self, but... [Read More]

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May 8, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

7 Remarkable Things I Learned at Psychedelic Science 2017

I recently attended Psychedelic Science 2017 in Oakland, California. Overall it was a highly encouraging and impressive event, put on by MAPS and the Beckley Foundation. Here’s what I discovered at the conference. 1) There’s more psychedelic research going on than I’d ever imagined Psychedelic Science 2017 was the largest psychedelic research conference ever. There were... [Read More]

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April 27, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

No-Self as Counterintuitive Truth

The lack of a substantive self is the core counterintuitive truth of the human experience. No-self runs counter to our habitual thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, as well as our experiences interacting with one another and the world. Nevertheless, it is true. The sense of being a distinct, independent self – a conscious actor who thinks... [Read More]

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April 20, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

How to Hold a Bird

Hold firmly enough so that it can’t fly away, but don’t squeeze so tightly that you kill the bird! This is a concept sometimes taught in meditation, where holding the bird is a metaphor for the use of attention. One should focus on the object of attention – the breath, for example – forcefully enough so... [Read More]

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April 10, 2017, 5:43 p.m.

Come Back to Yourself

The world gets faster and crazier every day. More happens on a monthly, weekly, daily basis than ever before. I know I’m not the only one who feels it. There’s just so much going on. You could spend every waking hour reading news articles and end each day with thousands left to read. New discoveries, new technologies,... [Read More]

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April 7, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

How to Become a Better Person

This is the introduction to my new book Self Improvement in Practice The nature of this book – and of any reader-writer relationship – is such that I feel the need to tell you at least something about myself before we get started. In that sense we start off not so much on the wrong... [Read More]

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March 31, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

Talking Better About No-Self

I first ran into this problem when I told my mom I had tried LSD. She took it surprisingly well, especially as someone who grew up during the peak of 1970s/80s drug war propaganda. But what preceded this admission was a long conversation, walking along the beach, where I tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to convince her... [Read More]

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March 14, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Modup Review with Pictures & Discounts 2017

This is a review of Modup.net, one of the oldest sellers of generic modafinil online. In this Modup review I’ll cover the pros and cons of the site, explain what they have to offer, what to expect when you order, and how you can get discounts of up to 33%. You should also know that... [Read More]

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March 9, 2017, 5:18 a.m.