Wednesday, April 26, 2017

You Are The Perfect Drug

You Are The Perfect Drug

Apart from rare instances of "religious" or purported "spiritual" experiences. There are few ways to reliably induce these feelings that we label as "utopic" "euphoric" "orgasmic" "tranquil" "serene" "perfect", without the aid of another human being that is. Seeing as the atmosphere we breathe is 2/5's oxygen and 3/5's nitrogen (>1% is C02 etc :P) one could predict that a perfect drug might be a harmless gas that is similar to our atmosphere, like the air we breathe. Nitrous oxide (2/3 nitrogen, 1/3 oxygen) is very close to the air we breathe molecularity. In terms of safety it may be the safest. It is the only gas that is psychoactive and non-toxic. Invented in the late 1700's by adding nitric acid to iron filings, history has bore out the many medical, recreational and scientific effects humans have had with so called "laughing gas". Little can go wrong in a lung fulls breathe of nitrous oxide. As with oxygen, nitrous oxide is inhaled, then exhaled. Safe. The major problem would come from asphyxiation or lack of oxygen to the brain. Do not let the oxide in nitrous oxide fool you, you cannot use that oxygen atom for respiration - it helps getting you fucked up though...When you inhale air, 21% oxygen you do not use all that oxygen but only 5%. So when you exhale you could theoretically breathe the inhaled nitrous oxide into a balloon and re inhale it , with the 16% oxygen that your body could not use in respiration on the first round. Stay safe and trust me people are the perfect "drug", and add "drugs" to that and you have reached perfection.   

Thanks Brady. 3fs..n2o
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Where Is My Mind?

Where Is The Mind

For all of human history it was not even widely accepted that the mind existed in the skull, and until a few hundred years ago it was accepted that what Aristotle told us was true, that the heart is the seat of the soul, or mind - not the brain. Aristotle's statement that the heart is the mind is dead wrong and other Greek philosophers did disagree and accurately did locate the mind in the brain (Aristotle's teacher Plato was one such person, however Aristotle caught on), so seeing the brain as the soul faded from popularity until the 1600's. Now very recently one can no longer argue that the mind IS NOT the brain - or at least an emergent property of the physical brain.I am not committing to materialism here. Which is the view that the brain is necessary and sufficient to produce our minds - there is no soul or ghost in the physical brain system in this view. Yet I am open to any evidence to the contrary.

It seems the mind also hinges on a specific serotonin receptor called Serotonin 2a. This receptor is correlated to all the emotions and traits that humans see as special and novel to us. Serotonin 2a receptors are just 400+ atom bundles that read serotonin and somehow produce conscious, first person experience. Neuroscience is a frontier science. It always will be.  

Thanks Brady