I have been publishing The Vision Thing blog for nine and a half years. During that time, there have over 1500 posts on a diverse and eclectic array of topics. So it you are going to start reading my blog, where do you start?
Since this blog is a series of dated posts, bloggers would hope that their readers would start with their latest post. What I have discovered is that most people find my blog is through the most popular posts, those are posts that resonate with people when first published and get spread virally, by people posting them to their blog, liking them on a Facebook, tweeted on Twitter.
Not only do these posts get read more often and spread about more frequently when they are first posted, these most-popular posts are sticky, people continue to read them years later. That is why some of the posts at the top of the list of the 10 Top blog posts that follows go back to Vision Thing’s early days.
One of a series of nine drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD — part of a test conducted by the US government during it’s dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950′s. The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencil . . . Read full story
The Dream Machine Online Three years ago, I wrote Remembering Brion Gysin. Among Gysin’s works was the concept of the Dream Machine. The dreamachine (or dream machine) is a stroboscopic flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Artist Brion Gysin and scientist Ian Sommerville created the dreamachine after reading William Grey Walter’s book, The Living Brain . . . Read full story
In the year and a half since I posted Control Your Computer With Your Brainwaves — TED Conference Video which highlighted a presentation at the Ted Conference by Tan Lee, from the EEG biofeedback device developer Emotive Systems the development of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) has accelerated at an amazing rate.
In fact the acronym BCI is used so widely that when I saw it the first few times on some of the sites I am going to mention in this post . . . read full story
4) Future Internet: Duncan Campbell examines the technology that will one day bring about the “thinking Web”.
I liked the picture that is featured at the top of this article by Duncan Cambell on the future of the Internet so I republished it at the top of this post. It shows an artists conception of what our computer interface will look like in the year 2018.
Freud said a century ago that humans have an unconscious instinctual desire to return to womb. As a psychologist trained a long time ago in old school psychology, I would have to say that the woman in the picture looks like she has done exactly that. Her fetal position is also similar to that imagined for the “enslaved” humans in the movie, the Matrix immersed in their virtual reality pods . . . Read full story
I have been feeling sad about the passing of Steve Jobs. Jobs died at age 56 which is about 6 years younger than I am right now and about the same age as my younger sister. When I lived in Santa Cruz California, I met a guy who became a regular at my Island parties named Dan Kotke. Dan was one of the earliest employees of Apple and told me a story about how Jobs had taken LSD and gone to India with him . . . Read full story
The Mattel toy company (which is also releasing its 50th Anniversary Barbie Doll this year) announced a new “adult” game at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The game called Mind Flex, scheduled to be release in the next month or two features a brainwave guided ball which you maneuver through an obstacle course.
Actually you control the ball with a combination of plain old hand-eye coordination but with the addition of additional control through EEG biofeedback. . . . Read full story
Obama Anatomy of a World Leader — the making of a portrait by psychedelic artist extraordinaire Alex Grey My long-time friend Will Penna sent me a link to a portion of artist Alex Grey’s site which is both about Grey’s personal feelings and insights about our new “World Leader” and an illustrated and fascinating description of the process that the paining depicted above was formed.
Grey says of his work, “perhaps you can use this symbol of Barack Obama to send him a prayer of support, to send all the loving hopeful healing and creative energy that we can focus on him so that he can perform the task of leadership in the most effective and powerful way for the greatest good, for the greatest . . . Read full story
Some people hold the New York Times and its book and movie reviews as Gospel. But after Zach Leary read Luc Sante’s review of Robert Greenfiields which I have talked about in a post early last month..
Sante uses Greenfield’s twisted caricature of the late Harvard Professor as a springboard to heap some additional venom on top of Greenfiled’s mountain of muck . . . Read full story
Oz Magazine was one of the most significant members of the Underground Press, that print phenomenon of the Sixties Counterculture. Here is what Pooter’s Psychedelic Shack says about the pub:
Oz Magazine, along with International Times was THE underground magazine during the late Sixties in England. Originating from Australia where it was founded by Richard Neville and Martin Sharp it came to England in February 1967 . . . Read full story
Back when Terence McKenna was alive, none of the neoentheogen enthusiasts would have dared the heresy found in James Kent’s passionate discourse The Case Against DMT Elves . These days few are left who debate the number of elves that can dance on a DMT molecule. (Note: If you do take DMT and want to . . . Read full story
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