Societies must deal with anxieties to transform. What do you think would have happened if Ambien were sold during the United States's first depression?
This CDC's new data regarding antidepressants is the true national horror for the United States. 22% of females 40-59 under their spell, only one-third of the severely-depressed actually take these drugs (inferring a majority of users are addicted to the meds), less than a third of single-users have seen a mental-health specialist in over a year. The battle back from the financial depression of the thirties was difficult. How does a nation unaddict itself from a dependence that feeds the Dow directly? This century's depression is like the earlier one, partly mental and partly shared-value. Only this time the mental one is partially anesthetized and growing. Imagine histories they will write of our age. The dulled.
An Anthro-Bio-Chemist, Ott has botanically observed hundreds, perhaps thousands of plants that yield varying amounts of altered states, from a library and research lab in Mexico, recently damaged by arson. For proof of his studies, check out Pharmacotheon. He analyzes many chemical forms, shows inferior paths, and discusses policy and history. Footnotes tell the real story, and are half the size of each chapter. Continuing Gordon Wasson's unusual and maybe ground-breaking constructions of ancient ceremonies utilizing medicinal tools that altered users, Ott writes the only ethnopharmacogosy of entheogenic drugs. A chemical zoom lens into the brain. Volume 2 is delayed, but Volume 1 is a must have.
Zenon Pylyshyn, Cognitive Scientist, who's discovered rotational aspects of the cortex's way of 'seeing' perhaps even how memories are anchored.
Why is this important? It may be a key to building the first conscious language, which may in-turn unlock the brain's full capabilities.
See: Seeing and Visualizing, It's Not What You Think. Winner, Best ABA Scholarly Book, 2003
Below: Gobors have dual rotational lines, column a are snapshots every 250ms. They illustrate human 'objectification' in motion and space.
Some think 300ms is the human 'shutter' rate.
SAT reading scores for graduating high school seniors this year reached the lowest point in nearly four decades, reflecting a steady decline in performance in that subject on the college admissions test, the College Board reported Wednesday.
How does the most computerized and wired country steadily fade its text-prose users? Answer: They're consuming images instead of the written word, 90% of it junk data, repetetive recycling, loops made as two-hour flicks or 60 minute shows looped within with 30 second spots. That's where the next divide is, in the visuals. Imagine a visual SAT. How would we score these days? Not so well probably. And so far we've only gotten to the Edison stage of this century's game with Steve Jobs. Now we need the Edwin S. Porters, the Chaplins, the Ub Iwerks of the 21st century, to put this technology to use. Ready?
The U.S. is statistically riddled with anxiety, depression, panic, according to the pharmaceutical and medical industries, and the figures grow annually. Can there be 10x as many afflicted in the U.S. than in other nations? 3x more than the rest of the developed world? Statistically impossible, but not if you're working for pharma. The key problem is pain is a necessary component to life. Hiding its aftermath inside a drug means there is no growth, no awareness and what follows improper, biological processing of pain is incessant fear. This process has been evolving for hundreds of millions of years, why cover it with a blanket.