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    Mathematics and the Psychedelic Revolution
    Recollections of the impact of the psychedelic revolution on the history of mathematics by Ralph Abraham, Ph.D.

    In these amazing papers published on MAPS, Abraham tells the stories of his " Trialogues " with Terence McKenna and Rupert Sheldrake and also his supposed revolutionary role in the psychedelic history of mathematics in the 1960s, and the origin of chaos theory.

    “This is a hyperdimensional space full of meaning and wisdom and beauty, which feels more real than ordinary reality, and to which we have returned many times over the years, for instruction and pleasure. In the course of the next twenty years there were various steps I took to explore the connection between mathematics and the logos. About the time that chaos theory was discovered by the scientific community, and the chaos revolution began in 1978, I apprenticed myself to a neurophysiologist and tried to construct brain models made out of the basic objects of chaos theory. I built a vibrating fluid machine to visualize vibrations in transparent media, because I felt on the basis of direct experience that the Hindu metaphor of vibrations was important and valuable. I felt that we could learn more about consciousness,communication, resonance, and the emergence of form and pattern in the physical, biological, social and intellectual worlds, through actually watching vibrations in transparent media ordinarily invisible, and making them visible.”

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    Source: MAPS - vol. 18 # 1
    www.maps.org

    Tue, Jan 25, 2011  Permanent link

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         Wed, Jan 26, 2011  Permanent link
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    Beatrix      Thu, Jan 27, 2011  Permanent link
    Thanks Dmitri, your links are very interesting :)

    I strongly believe in the psychedelics not as the drugs but as the construction of thoughts and visual patterns in our minds and I do believe these paths of thought and visualizations can be achieved not only with the use of hallucinogenic substances, but also with meditation , breathing, visual and sound stimuli —- there are ways to access and interfere the brainwaves to create such psychedelic state which are not necessarily the use of these substances.

    The word psychedelic comes from the Greek words for mind (psyche), and manifest (delos). Manifestation of the Mind.......
    A person in a "psychedelic state" is supposed to be able to feel new ways of looking at his mind that were unknown to him before . In psychedelic state your brain functions in alpha/theta waves, and i guess the combination of a deep relaxation and a great power of abstraction of the mind can help achieve that — bring all the potential states of mind and expansion of consciousness —- Of course the use of psychedelic drugs are the fast path to get there - but I believe it's not the only one — once you know this path do you think you can get there without taking the drug and still have the psychedelic mind, the psychedelic thought and the access to a higher state of consciousness?

    There's is a great book on the subject , the PDF can be downloaded here

    Psychedelic Information Theory

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         Mon, Jan 31, 2011  Permanent link
    I read the entirely of PIT... it was pretty cool speculation. Too bad there's a lot of media-iliterates out there who will extrapolate it too far into 'fact' and down into the flake zone.

    Of course the use of psychedelic drugs are the fast path to get there - but I believe it's not the only one — once you know this path do you think you can get there without taking the drug and still have the psychedelic mind, the psychedelic thought and the access to a higher state of consciousness?


    I'll quote something I found a while back in a wad of amusing crazytalk about rave parties through hyperreal.org which I think somewhat answers that question:

    "Meanwhile even many devotees of the Vortex ascribe it to the decline in quality of their psychoactive goodies, mistaking the portal for the vista beyond (but how do you enter the vista without the portal? hmmm...BE THY VISION! a distant curl of the Vortex whispers back)."
    gamma     Thu, Feb 3, 2011  Permanent link
    About the time that chaos theory was discovered by the scientific community, and the chaos revolution began in 1978, I apprenticed myself to a neurophysiologist and tried to construct brain models made out of the basic objects of chaos theory. I built a vibrating fluid machine to visualize vibrations in transparent media, because I felt on the basis of direct experience that the Hindu metaphor of vibrations was important and valuable.

    Neuromodeling is interesting because you can identify that the model is correct by knowing yourself. Of course, there is just a small intersection between the two types of knowledge there. The brain has some of that physics simulation engine in it. Some of the rules can be bent without effort and limits. Now you tell me does that sound important? Or, are the spontaneous and strong, unchallengeable occurrences more important on the mental plane? I think that the ability of explorers to process the information in their heads and in the heavy-burden regions has stopped their process of stimulating the spontaneous physics in the mental space.
    Apollo     Thu, Feb 3, 2011  Permanent link
    I strongly believe in the psychedelics not as the drugs but as the construction of thoughts and visual patterns in our minds and I do believe these paths of thought and visualizations can be achieved not only with the use of hallucinogenic substances, but also with meditation , breathing, visual and sound stimuli —- there are ways to access and interfere the brainwaves to create such psychedelic state which are not necessarily the use of these substances.

    Well put. I agree with you both on both a rational and intuitive level.
    giulio     Thu, Feb 3, 2011  Permanent link
    When I first read the Psychedelic Information Theory PDF I was surprised to see that Abraham, whose great math book on Foundations of Mechanics I had studied at college, had been involved in the psychedelic revolution. But I guess great minds tend to seek other great minds.
     
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