Starting this blog for several reasons.
- To soften the brittleness of the “high academic” discourse I’m involved in, working toward a Ph.D. on psychedelics and language.
- To keep in touch with what I really think, and to the act of thinking it, so I can fold back into the academic thing with more integrity.
- To sift the river of super-conducted thought where all the goodies are, make them communicable, at least to those who have traveled similar paths.
- As an exercise in cognitive liberty and freedom of speech, two closely related fundamentals.
- To invite conversation. I’ve been at this solo for some time; it’s time to break silence. This quote from John Perry Barlow motivates me:
Engaged in the politics necessary to wire the world, I encounter many people in positions of influence and visibility — politicians, corporate leaders, scientists, engineers, writers, academics – who are motivated by the same mystical drive that propels me. They are acidheads, but nearly all of them are afraid to admit it. Its as though the future were being created by a secret cult. And even though it’s my secret cult, I’m not crazy about secrecy or cults, and I’m certainly not keen on having them design the rest of society. I think it’s time to be brave and honest. I know that if everybody who’d ever taken a major psychedelic stood up and said, “Yeah, I did that and this is how it changed my life,” the world would be a better place the next day.
So, there you have it. It’s a start.