March 20th, 2014

distraction

Bits n bobs

First, some housekeeping. Last year after I went to the MAPs conference, I said that if you listened to nothing else I said about the conference, you should at least listen to Julie Holland's talk about the ethical considerations in the medicinal use of psychedelics, and that I'd post it when it became available.

Well, finally, here it is. It's 57 minutes long, so add it to the list of other doccos that you want to watch, and sit down with it. It's well worth your time and you'll come away with a pretty up to date knowledge of the state of play in this field.

"It is unethical not to do psychedelic research". That's the message I took away from it. Watch, see what you think.

And here are the rest of the vids from the conference. Some good stuff in there. I thoroughly recommend Matt Johnson's talk and Albert Garcia-Romeu's talks for some interesting stuff about how psilocybin works.

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Meanwhile, maybe going to the doctor was a good idea. Since then, my back hasn't given me any problems. Weird - all he did was poke a bit and ask me about my scar, and that was that. Maybe I scared it into submission.

And this morning I learned that the capital of Azerbaijan is Baku and that there's a bit of it that's completely cut off from the rest of it by Armenia. that would be weird. Like, New Zealand is also in chunks separated by distance, but straits are quite different from other countries. Navigating that must be interesting. Also, there are about twice as many people there as there are in New Zealand.

Makes you realise how Western-English-speaking focused our part of the world is, that I knew none of this before copying Dr Wheel starting to do this memory card thing. I'm glad I started.