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Adam Smith on Sensory Perception: A Sympathetic Account

The aim of this chapter is to propose an account of sensory perception from the known writings of Adam Smith, chiefly his juvenile work, “On the External Senses.” This account asserts that when we perceive an object we simulate its painful or pleasurable effects on our body—we imaginatively place ourselves in proximity to the object and…

Vanilla and Leather

This 2014 vintage has the most gorgeously addictive nose — and the wine itself was smooth and quite light despite the unusually high alcohol content. Scored highly by most others and is very well priced. Seek it out. alcoholBeranqualiaWineZinfandel

CAO Maduro L’Anniversaire

I’m pretty much in accord with Matt’s assessment of the CAO Maduro. My topping the cigar with a large fishing knife and yet still coming very close to a clean cut is a testament to the built quality. The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper was gorgeous and the burn was incredibly even. A good all round smoke and one…

First synthesized LSD trip

On this date in 1943 Albert Hofmann accidentally ingested LSD. Check out this documentary entitled Hofmann’s Potion. Strong Saskatoon connection to LSD research. Albert HofmannAldous HuxleyAlfred Matthew HubbardchemistryconsciousnessdrugsLSD hallucinogenicsneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindPsychedelicpsychiatryqualiaReligion & SpiritualityschizophreniaTimothy Leary

LSD-induced states

Two recent articles: Journal of Neuroscience Results demonstrate first, that LSD reduced activity in brain areas important for self-processing, but also social cognition, second that change in brain activity was linked to subjective experience, and third that LSD decreased the efficiency of establishing joint attention. Frontiers in Neuroscience We have applied techniques from natural language…