The War on Consciousness
Graham Hancock @ TEDxWhitechapel
Watching this video was a bit of a watershed moment for me. Graham Hancock discusses the idea that it’s not altered states of consciousness the government have a problem with (otherwise pharmaceuticals and alcohol, for example, would be prohibited), it’s states of consciousness that lead to awakening that they have a problem with, which is why the likes of ayahuasca and psilocybin are prohibited.
Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality
TED talk by Anil Seth
“We’re all hallucinating all the time, including right now. It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, we call that reality.” ~ Anil Seth
The Holographic Universe
From the blurb on Goodreads:
Today nearly everyone is familiar with holograms, three-dimensional images projected into space with the aid of a laser.
Now, two of the world’s most eminent thinkers — University of London physicists David Bohm, a former protege of Einstein’s and one of the world’s most respected quantum physicists, and Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, one of the architects of our modern understanding of the brain — believe that the universe itself may be a giant hologram, quite literally a kind of image or construct created, at least in part, by the human mind.
This remarkable new way of looking at the universe explains not only many of the unsolved puzzles of physics, but also such mysterious occurrences as telepathy, out-of-body and near death experiences, “lucid” dreams, and even religious and mystical experiences such as feelings of cosmic unity and miraculous healings.
DMT: The spirit molecule (2010, documentary)
Into the Wild
The Marketing of Madness: Are we all insane?
documentary about the history of psychiatry and the truth about psychotropic drugs
From Documentary Heaven:
The Marketing of Madness is the definitive documentary on the psychiatric drugging industry. Here is the real story of the high income partnership between psychiatry and drug companies that has created an $80 billion psychotropic drug profit center.
But appearances are deceiving. How valid are psychiatrists’ diagnoses-and how safe are their drugs? Digging deep beneath the corporate veneer, this documentary exposes the truth behind the slick marketing schemes and scientific deceit that conceal dangerous and often deadly sales campaigns.
In this film you’ll discover that… Many of the drugs side effects may actually make your ‘mental illness’ worse. Psychiatric drugs can induce aggression or depression. Some psychotropic drugs prescribed to children are more addictive than cocaine. Psychiatric diagnoses appears to be based on dubious science. Of the 297 mental disorders contained with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, none can be objectively measured by pathological tests.
Mental illness symptoms within this manual are arbitrarily assigned by a subjective voting system in a psychiatric panel. It is estimated that 100 million people globally use psychotropic drugs.
The Marketing of Madness exposes the real insanity in our psychiatric ‘health care’ system: profit-driven drug marketing at the expense of human rights.
This film plunges into an industry corrupted by corporate greed and delivers a shocking warning from courageous experts who value public health over dollar.
Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity
by Peter Baumann and Michael W. Taft
Ego is the first book to explore the positive evolutionary potential hidden in one of the most destructive events in history. In their examination of the evolutionary implications of 9/11 and its aftermath, the authors contend we are not falling into the grip of a new dark age at all; rather, we are on the verge of a much brighter one as the Darwinian process of natural selection continues to advance humankind.
The authors’ inquiry led them to the roots of human suffering: the ego. That the ego underlies our problems as a species may come as no surprise. But a deeper look into the ego’s origin and history is full of unexpected revelations:
- The modern human is dominated by a Stone Age brain
- Energy consumption and the environmental crisis is nothing more than the evolutionary drive to survive gone haywire
- Evolution has wired us to be riveted to bad news, bad outcomes, and worst-case scenarios
- When beliefs are challenged it triggers a life or death stance in the human nervous system
- Emotions are mostly physical, not mental
The self we identify with–along with its biases and beliefs–turns out to be an evolutionary tool that made its first appearance some 50,000 years ago during what’s called the conceptual revolution, arguably the biggest developmental leap in human history.
The emerging ego accompanied our ability to construct complex tools, create art, and redefine social structure. For the first time as a species, we were able to imagine the future, consider the thoughts of others, and picture ourselves in our own minds. The ego is a cognitive trick of natural selection intended to insure the survival of the individual.
Baumann and Taft say the problem comes when we take the ego’s conceptualization of reality as the truth about who we actually are.Using the latest research from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, and paleontology, Baumann and Taft show that modern humanity may be on the verge of an expansion of cognitive abilities akin to the development of the ego.
This next step will free the human mind to see beyond the confines of the prison, and open the vast potential of conscious awareness.