Privileged White Kids Tripping

We're a few kids who partake of mind altering substances in order to entertain ourselves, learn about ourselves, learn about each other, and unlock our imagination. The drugs we take break down many of the social and self constructed barriers to thought; they allow, and sometimes force us, to be honest, and open with ourselves in a way many people are scared to be; they unlock physical and visual sensations that are completely unavailable to a sober mind. Some of the stories here are silly, some are serious (but mostly silly), some are the result of or result in life defining moments. We take these drugs because we are lucky enough to be able to. We are better than you, not because we are better, but because we are better off.

The Quantum Nature Of The Universe

If this is true: http://science-beta.slashdot.org/story/14/04/04/1610237/p-vs-np-problem-linked-to-the-quantum-nature-of-the-universe

I’m still hot on the idea that we all live in a simulated world, so when I read stuff like this discussing the potential tie between the P vs NP problem and Schrodinger’s equation I like to go both feet in the rabbit hole.

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Maybe the quantum nature of the universe is actually just an artifact of the simulation we’re all living in, and it’s computational efficiency?

Perhaps, since solving Schroedinger’s equation is computationally feasible for particles (and therefore a member of P space) it can even be used as an optimization of sorts. It’s reasonable to assume that constantly simulating all the movements of all the particles in the universe would be computationally impractical.  Instead, what if make a computationally efficient statistically reliable approximation of where the particles might be at any given time, thus putting them into super-position.

Given some of the recent advancements in human attempts at a quantum computer it seems fair to assume that such a thing can exist. If it does, it’s likely that it’d be used in a simulation of something as complex as the universe. Because this approximation can’t be done for macroscopic objects (because P probably does not equal NP) the entities responsible for creating this simulation are forced to constantly compute the positions of such objects.

Said another way, maybe we only exist because it’s computationally inefficient to simulate large objects via super position.

And in that case perhaps the simulator creators could just … turn on god mode?

-Fox

 

notes on nicotine

Tobacco just isn’t cool anymore. If you’re looking to be cool and edgy by burning something and putting it in your lungs, you should try marijuana instead.

Edit: Sarcasm alert.

Holy Shit Live Bears

I’m watching bears in Alaska eat salmon, live. Fuck yeah.

This website has live streams of all sorts of sweet animals, doing their shit in nature. Owls, bears, penguin, even polar bears duking it out!

On a side note, humans are weirdly omnipotent, surveillance gods.

Anyway, www.explore.org so rad. Go live stream bears being bears in nature. Live. 

"It’s like a baby sloth just piggybacking on the skull!"


-Little Bear lamenting the fact that she has a jaw.

Little Bear

Last night as I was squeezing her small, dextrous hands in my larger calloused ones, it took me just a little too long to think of the right words. All I could think to say was, “It will be alright.” But that would’ve been a lie: it wasn’t alright and nothing would ever make it alright, and I wasn’t going to lie to her. I took too long to speak, so she spoke again. She was looking at my hands and her tear fell onto my skin and in my mind I could see the bars on the caskets I have carried into the Earth. The casket she might have been imagining will be a closed one. 

Her hands will one day keep people out of the ground for a while longer, or, despite her best efforts, constitute the last human touch they’ll ever feel. She will blink away sweat and tears, just as she did last night, and guide sterile steel through numbed sinew and organ. I knew she was reconstructing the violence in her mind, naming off to herself the various structures that had given way to the bullet, perhaps even imagining just which processes stopped first. I said some words, and as inadequate as they were, she said with a voice as stable as her future scalpels, “Ok. Let’s go.”

New Study!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130819185302.htm

The use of LSD, magic mushrooms, or peyote does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems, according to an analysis of information from more than 130,000 randomly chosen people, including 22,000 people who had used psychedelics at least once. The researchers found no link between the use of psychedelic drugs and a range of mental health problems. Instead they found some significant associations between the use of psychedelic drugs and fewer mental health problems.

LSD and Migraines

About a month ago, I was planning on seeing Galactic live. I was also planning on ingesting 0.5 hits of LSD. However, partway through the workday, I came down with a migraine. I’d only had two before in my life, so this was rather surprising. The visual blurring was so bad that I couldn’t even read. 

Aware of the fact that ergotamine has been used to treat migraines, I took a chance and dosed anyway. About when the LSD began to take hold, the migraine rapidly faded and did not return. Sweet!

Might be worth investigating if you suffer from migraines and are comfortable with LSD. However, I could imagine a nightmare scenario in which you dose with LSD and begin tripping…but the headache does not go away or even gets worse. 

LSD Microdosing

This post is rather late, but school/work has been rather crazy.

In January, I self-experimented with LSD microdosing. I’ve heard and read many accounts of people taking very high doses of LSD (“thumb-printing”), but I was curious about the effects of sub-perceptual doses. I wanted to know if there would be any noticeable or significant effects of taking LSD at doses far below those required to trip or get high for an extended period of time. 

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After some thought I have decided that I am going to go to my high school reunion on acid.

-Owl

Sex on LSD is pretty silly.

We’re not dead.

Just really fucking busy. But I did pass my 2nd year qualifying exam, so I get to stay in graduate school to get a Ph.D!

Coming Soon posts from me:
-Summary of my LSD Microdosing experiment.
-Account of my 2nd Burning Man 2013 trip.
-Answering some reader questions.

Love,
-Leopard