Scarlet Jewels - Category: Science
The NewsLog of Julie Solheim-Roe

Thursday, May 6, 2004day link 

 Breaking Open
picture This article was VERY compelling for me, and reminded me of the work and book on the subject of shamanism and plant-substances put forth by Daniel Pinchbeck ("Breaking Open the Head"), whom I was introduced to last summer in Glastonbury.


By Erik Davis
LA Weekly
April 30 - May 6, 2004
Early last February, a 19-year-old sophomore dragged himself into the psychiatric emergency ward at a large American university hospital, complaining that his friends and family were plotting against him. Though the fellow knew his thoughts were irrational, he could not shake his bout of paranoia. He also told the receiving staff that six weeks earlier he had swallowed an unknown amount of 2C-I, a recreational drug that, in his case, produced bright colors and swirling patterns and a suffocating onslaught of cosmic dread. The bad vibes had recurred with increasing ferocity in the intervening weeks, until he finally decided to check himself in.

When a third-year medical student named Jack Ludlow showed up for his shift, the receiving staff were asking themselves the same question that probably just crossed your own mind: What the hell is 2C-I? Luckily, Ludlow knew something about the esoteric world of substance use and abuse among young adults, and identified 2C-I as a rare hallucinogenic phenethylamine. But his search of the usual medical databases for more detailed information turned up zilch. Then he aimed his Web browser toward The Vaults of Erowid , where he found data about the chemical structure of 2C-I and a link to the EU's recent scientific review of the substance. "This information helped us to treat this patient's symptoms," Ludlow wrote in a letter thanking Erowid. "We expect that his symptoms will resolve completely."

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Monday, February 9, 2004day link 

 Heart Math
picture Letecia sent me this great post from HeartMath's mailing list:
"The most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy."
-- Hunter "Patch" Adams

HeartMath - A Change of Heart Changes Everything

Explore HeartMath's website

Interested in the latest news on stress and health?
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Thursday, January 23, 2003day link 

 Seyfert's Sextet
pictureAstronomy's Pict o the Day
Credit: J. English (U. Manitoba), C. Palma (PSU), et al., NASA

"Explanation: Known as Seyfert's Sextet, this intriguing group of galaxies lies in the head portion of the split constellation Serpens. The sextet actually contains only four interacting galaxies, though. Near the center of this Hubble Space Telescope picture, the small face-on spiral galaxy lies in the distant background and appears only by chance aligned with the main group. Also, the prominent condensation on the far right is likely not a separate galaxy at all, but a tidal tail of stars flung out by the galaxies' gravitational interactions. About 190 million light-years away, the interacting galaxies are tightly packed into a region around 100,000 light-years across, comparable to the size of our own Milky Way galaxy, making this one of the densest known galaxy groups. Bound by gravity, the close-knit group may coalesce into a single large galaxy over the next few billion years."
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Wednesday, January 1, 2003day link 

 Space Dust
pictureNew Years Resolution Two Hundred Twenty Third: "Clean out interesting articles and post to my new Blog"! (hehe) Here's one that came out last summer.. any Philip Pullman fans out there?

Studies Suggest Unknown Form of Matter Exists - (New York Times - July 31, 2002)

"Painstaking observations of a kind of subatomic dance suggest that the universe may contain a shadowy form of matter that has never been seen directly and is unexplained by standard physics theories, a team of scientists announced yesterday. The studies appear to confirm similar findings the scientists reported last year. The research involves muons, rare subatomic particles similar to electrons but 207 times as heavy."

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Saturday, December 21, 2002day link 

pictureYesterday Ming's blurb on 'Living Systems, Holons in Holarchies' speaks of 'evolutionary biologist' Elisabet Sahtouris's notions of:

"A biology that sees all nature as co-evolving holons (living entities) in holarchies (interdependent embeddedness) will quickly reveal much about humanity itself as one such holon - containing its own holarchy of individuals, families, organizations, communities, nations and world. Through this understanding of ourselves, we will gain profound insights on where we succeed and where we fail as a living system." --Biology Revisioned

Speaking of embeddedness as a noun, springs ot mind my old chum Dan Winter... where art thou, my friend but thrown across the pond due to strange people claiming to own the very symbolic pictures of this embeddedness from which we all arise? I know that the Implosion Group in Holland have the dignity to recognize this Work is beyond boundaries...

In a nutshell, in a kernel, in a seed, in the very Heart of it all, Dan's mathematical graphical animation work shows us that indeed the inside is in the outside... that -only- through embedding ourselves into the whole system from which we -are- can we retain memory throughout time and space. This is gnosis, self-knowledge. To be one's nature, to fall out and inside of one's self, as she expands out into the known galaxies and beyond, can we actually be found. Dan used to say, it's when the 'map becomes the terrain'.....

In my own work I see this as recognizing, remembering what seems to flow and respond to the myriad of mythos that we live out, where indeed the synchronicities flow exponentially. And, even when they do not -- to recognize when perhaps they are fine tuning the embeddedness of how we integrate into all the holarchies in which we truly are having our livingness in.
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