Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice

2014 10 31

From: New Scientist

As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head

TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That’s no longer the case – researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot physically speak communicate with the outside world.

“If you’re reading text in a newspaper or a book, you hear a voice in your own head,” says Brian Pasley at the University of California, Berkeley. “We’re trying to decode the brain activity related to that voice to create a medical prosthesis that can allow someone who is paralysed or locked in to speak.”

When you hear someone speak, sound waves activate sensory neurons in your inner ear. These neurons pass information to areas of the brain where different aspects of the sound are extracted and interpreted as words.

In a previous study, Pasley and his colleagues recorded brain activity in people who already had electrodes implanted in their brain to treat epilepsy, while they listened to speech. The team found that certain neurons in the brain’s temporal lobe were only active in response to certain aspects of sound, such as a specific frequency. One set of neurons might only react to sound waves that had a frequency of 1000 hertz, for example, while another set only cares about those at 2000 hertz. Armed with this knowledge, the team built an algorithm that could decode the words heard based on neural activity aloneMovie Camera . (PLoS Biology,

The team hypothesised that hearing speech and thinking to oneself might spark some of the same neural signatures in the brain. They supposed that an algorithm trained to identify speech heard out loud might also be able to identify words that are thought.


To test the idea, they recorded brain activity in another seven people undergoing epilepsy surgery, while they looked at a screen that displayed text from either the Gettysburg Address, John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address or the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Each participant was asked to read the text aloud, read it silently in their head and then do nothing. While they read the text out loud, the team worked out which neurons were reacting to what aspects of speech and generated a personalised decoder to interpret this information. The decoder was used to create a spectrogram – a visual representation of the different frequencies of sound waves heard over time. As each frequency correlates to specific sounds in each word spoken, the spectrogram can be used to recreate what had been said. They then applied the decoder to the brain activity that occurred while the participants read the passages silently to themselves (see diagram ).

Despite the neural activity from imagined or actual speech differing slightly, the decoder was able to reconstruct which words several of the volunteers were thinking, using neural activity alone (Frontiers in Neuroengineering, ).

The algorithm isn’t perfect, says Stephanie Martin, who worked on the study with Pasley. “We got significant results but it’s not good enough yet to build a device.”

In practice, if the decoder is to be used by people who are unable to speak it would have to be trained on what they hear rather than their own speech. “We don’t think it would be an issue to train the decoder on heard speech because they share overlapping brain areas,” says Martin.

The team is now fine-tuning their algorithms, by looking at the neural activity associated with speaking rate and different pronunciations of the same word, for example. “The bar is very high,” says Pasley. “Its preliminary data, and we’re still working on making it better.”

The team have also turned their hand to predicting what songs a person is listening to by playing lots of Pink Floyd to volunteers, and then working out which neurons respond to what aspects of the music. “Sound is sound,” says Pasley. “It all helps us understand different aspects of how the brain processes it.”

“Ultimately, if we understand covert speech well enough, we’ll be able to create a medical prosthesis that could help someone who is paralysed, or locked in and can’t speak,” he says.

Several other researchers are also investigating ways to read the human mind. Some can tell what pictures a person is looking at, others have worked out what neural activity represents certain concepts in the brain, and one team has even produced crude reproductions of movie clips that someone is watching just by analysing their brain activity. So is it possible to put it all together to create one multisensory mind-reading device?

In theory, yes, says Martin, but it would be extraordinarily complicated. She says you would need a huge amount of data for each thing you are trying to predict. “It would be really interesting to look into. It would allow us to predict what people are doing or thinking,” she says. “But we need individual decoders that work really well before combining different senses.”

Source: New Scientist

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Are Americans Getting Smarter or Dumber? (Brett On Red Ice Radio)

Topic: Putting the history of education in context to what we are seeing today. Is stupidity is a growing epidemic? What are some of the reasons for this?

Background: Education is going down the drain and we are seeing a decline in average I.Q in the west.… Yes, we are importing an unprecedented amount of third world population into the west which is contributing to these statistics, but it doesn’t explain the massive drop entirely.

But there a conflicting studies.…

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business ~ Neil Postman

Fluoride, GMOs, toxic vaccines, a school system that intentionally misleads, pHARMaceutical drugs, chemtrails, TV and media mind-control, organized religion…all these things and more have purposely accomplished the end result: brain-damaged robots who are unable to think critically.

Desiree Ann DeBellis “You are absolutely correct Joan Mootry,I have tried shock tactics and in your face tactics and year after year can not get many to think out of the conditioning,,,and alot of them are very nice people,…they are just programmed zombies and they don’t even know it

Randy Beard “We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.”

- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business


Paradoxically speaking, both Huxley and Orwell were right….

A simple laser blast could help grow your teeth back

ScienceAlert Staff
Friday, 30 May 2014

No more fillings! Scientists have figured out how to regenerate dentin, the material inside our teeth.


Image: Muskoka Stock Photos/Shutterstock

And all it takes is a quick blast with a low-powered laser, according to new research by a team of Harvard University-led scientists.

The new study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that a low-power laser can trigger stem cells in your tooth to form dentin.

As Sarah Zhang reports for Gizmodo, currently dentists can only replace damaged dentin with synthetic material, for example, when you get a filling or root canal.

But using this new technique, dentists may soon be able to actually regrow your tooth.

It sounds counterintuitive, seeing as high-power lasers can also destroy your teeth, but for years anecdotal reports have suggested that low-power laser could stimulate skin or hair growth – and now this study has shown the same technique works for teeth.

So how does it happen?

Zhang explains in Gizmodo: A blast of laser induces reactive oxygen species, which are chemically active molecules that then activate a growth factor to stimulate dentin growth.

This is the first procedure that could regrow teeth in your mouth, and has so far been tested on rodent teeth. The work will now continue onto human trials, with the hope that it could one day replace painful dental procedures.

Sure, having a laser pointed into your mouth isn’t that appealing, but it beats a root canal any day.

6 Excellent New Reasons to Cut Down on Meat

It hardly seems possible, but factory farming is getting even worse.
Factory farming, the crowding together of livestock in factory-like conditions to cut down on production costs, is widely deplored for its harm to animals, workers, the environment and food consumers. It is hard to find a farm that crowds animals together in pens and cages that doesn’t also rely on antibiotics and growth chemicals, mistreat workers, spew manure into the environment and generate periodic safety questions about its products.
Meat giant Tyson dumps more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways each year, according to a recent report, even as it finalizes a merger with meat giant Hillshire. Tyson was served with a federal indictment in 2001 charging it with smuggling workers across the Rio Grande and supplying them with phony social security cards. “They cheat these workers out of pay and benefits, and then try to keep them quiet by threatening to send them back to Mexico,” declared Rev. Jim Lewis, an Episcopal minister in Arkansas.
Meat mergers and the globalization of meat production have the potential for eroding U.S. food safety standards, say food experts. Few missed this summer’s scandal in which Starbucks, Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC were accused of using expired meat products in their China operations. But not as many people have noted the recent sale of Smithfield foods to Shuanghui International, China’s biggest takeover of a U.S. company to date. In 2008, dairy products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine in China sickened thousands and killed six infants. Last fall, the Obama administration approved the sale in the U.S. of chickens “processed” in China if they are raised and slaughtered in the U.S. or Canada. In 2007, an estimated 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs in the U.S. died from melamine-tainted food from China.
And let’s not forget that forty percent of the world’s land surface is now used for food, the vast majority to feed chickens, pigs and cattle, not people. Increasingly governments and environmental groups say such inefficient land use and extreme meat consumption is not sustainable. US factory farms largely elude pollution regulations yet hydrogen sulfide from manure lagoons is linked to respiratory problems, seizures and worse and nitrates, found in drinking water near hog factories, are linked to blue baby syndrome and spontaneous abortions.
As whistleblowers and undercover humane workers have exposed unwholesome and cruel meat production practices like a California slaughterhouse processing and selling cows with eye cancer, there has been a public call for transparency and better regulation of meat production. Yet this year has brought serious setbacks to food activists who seek to reform factory farms and ensure pure, humane and clearly labeled food. Here are some ongoing battles with Big Ag.
1. Slaughter Lines Are Increasing in Speed
Many welfare and sanitary objections concern the speed of the assembly line on the kill floor at the slaughterhouse. Workers, federal inspectors and reporters who have gone undercover have all noted that animals are “missed” and not stunned as they are supposed to be before slaughter. Ten years ago, federal meat inspector Lester Friedlander told the press that stopping the line cost about $5,000 a minute, so veterinarians are pressured “to look the other way” when violations happen. Nonetheless, in shocking privatization, the federal government is increasingly letting Big Meat self-police. In 2000, it instituted a kind of honor system called HACCP which 62 percent of meat inspectors said forced them to allow feces, vomit and metal shards in food on a daily or weekly basis.
And it gets worse. The USDA is now seeking to implement new slaughterhouse guidelines “that would allow poultry companies to accelerate their processing lines” and make “plants more efficient” reports the Washington Post. Is that even possible? In March, 68 members of Congress joined many food and public health activists in saying to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, you want to speed up WHAT?–noting the obvious humane and hygiene risks of more “efficiency” Similar concerns did not stop the implementation of HACCP fourteen years ago.
2. The Blight of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)
Have you ever heard of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus? Big Pork in the U.S. hopes not. Even though one tenth of U.S. pork supplies have been decimated by the virus since May 2013, producing mountains of dead baby piglets, Big Pork doesn’t want to turn off or scare pork eaters so the virus has been downplayed. PEDv, a severe and usually fatal diarrhea disease, has killed seven million piglets in their first days of life in the U.S. since 2013, though it does not affect humans who eat pork or adult pigs. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) puts the blame for PEDv, which has spread to over half the states, on cramped factory farm conditions which spread misery and disease among animals.
Earlier this year, HSUS reported on a Kentucky farm that lost 900 piglets within a two-day period and was actually feeding the dead pigs to other pigs in an attempt to induce “immunity” in survivors. Footage from the Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, Kentucky shows pigs whose legs had been bound together to keep them standing when they otherwise would have collapsed.
In addressing PEDv, the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council defend “indoor facilities” which allow” security protocols [that] lead to healthier pigs and a safer food supply.” Except that they don’t.
Disposal of unwanted piglets on factory farms is by “manually applied blunt force trauma to the head” according to theAmerican Veterinary Medical Association also known as bashing their heads against the wall. Piglets are also gassed. A barn technician at Country View/Hatfield Quality Meats in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania described watching 39 unwanted pigs “left in the cart all day to trample each other, before being gassed all at once.” What an irony that PEDv may instill new respect for baby piglets on factory farms.
3. California Slaughterhouse Receives Criminal Indictment
In March, we told you about a giant recall of beef from Rancho Feeding Corp. in Petaluma, California because the slaughterhouse “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.” The recalled meat was found in Nestle’s Philly Steaks, Cheese Hot Pockets, Walmart Fatburgers, Kroger Ground Beef Mini Sliders and other well-known brands.
It turns out the “unsound activities” were criminal. While inspectors were on their lunch breaks, workers processed condemned and cancerous cows and put the heads of healthy cows next to their carcasses, charges a federal indictment. Employees were also directed to “carve out” USDA Condemned stamps from carcasses.
Like Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., the slaughterhouse behind the school lunch recall in 2008, Rancho Feeding Corp. was a slaughterhouse where farmers could dump sick and dying dairy cows who could no longer walk, still making $400 per carcass. And like Agriprocessors, an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse charged with such serious worker abuse, it was forced to shut down, Rancho was back in business almost overnight, under a new name and with many of the same employees. We learned our lesson!
4. An Asthma-Like Growth Additive Worse Than Ractopamine

Last year, AlterNet reported on the controversial growth additive, ractopamine, which is marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys in the U.S. Widely banned in other countries, the Center for Food Safety and Animal Legal Defense Fund have sought information from the FDA about ractopamine’s effects on animal or human “liver form and function, kidney form and function, thyroid form and function,” “tumor development” and urethral and prostate effects.

Now there is news about a related drug, Zilmax (zilpaterol hydrochloride), a growth enhancer that adds “24 to 33 pounds additional hot carcass weight,” according to Merck, its manufacturer. Merck says that Zilmax improves “cattle’s natural ability to convert feed into more lean beef that is flavorful, tender and juicy,” but the drug’s destruction of cattle’s hooves is well documented.

Ten months ago, 17 Zilmax-fed heifers and steers were destroyed at a Tyson slaughterhouse in Washington state because they couldn’t walk, leading Tyson to tell its feedlot customers it would not accept Zilmax-fed cattle. After a video of hoof-less Zilmax-fed cattle was shown by meat giant JBS USA LLC at a trade meeting, Merck temporarily suspended Zilmax sales in the U.S. and Canada. “Maybe we found the point where we pushed the cattle just so hard in the sake of making a buck that we exceeded the biological limits of the cattle,” said Abe Turgeon, a prominent livestock nutritionist, who had previously recommended Zilmax.

Then, Texas Tech University and Kansas State University researchers reported that more than 3,800 cattle fed Zilmax in 10 feedlots died in 2011 and 2012, with “between 40 percent and 50 percent of the deaths likely attributable to Zilmax”– a far cry from the 285 Zilmax-related deaths Merck reported.

Undaunted by reports of animal harm, Merck wants to resume sales of Zilmax in the U.S. which brought in nearly $160 million annually. It proposes a “study” of Zilmax in 250,000 cattle, which meatpackers oppose for human and animal safety reasons. Meat retailers also have doubts. “We don’t want to fiddle with it as long as there’s a known animal-welfare issue,” said Costco VP Craig Wilson. A spokeswoman for Burger King also expressed reservations. Yes, the drug is even too extreme for meat processors and fast food outlets.

5. Factory Farm Fires

In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) addressed the sad and preventable scourge of farm fires by proposing an amendment requiring all newly constructed farmed animal housing facilities to be equipped with sprinklers and smoke control systems. But, a letter to NFPA from Michael Formica, chief environmental counsel for the National Pork Producers Council on behalf of the other Big Ag groups, said installing fire protection systems presented “staggering costs in the billions of dollars,” and that many operations lack “sufficient water supply available to service an automated sprinkler system.” This effectively killed the proposal, condemning millions more helpless animals to die in infernos.

In July, 65,000 hens burned to death in an Egg Innovations barn in Kosciusko County, Indiana, an egg operation whose website brags about “Letting Chickens Be Chickens.” Right. In January, 300,000 hens burned to death at an egg operation in La Grange, Wisconsin. More than 50 fire departments and 100 firefighters battled the blaze at S&R Egg Farm where the trapped hens perished in the worst manner any living being can endure.

It is shocking that animals are worth less to Big Ag than the cost of a sprinkler system, even if they end up burning to death. But, according to Fire Prevention Contractor magazine, Big Ag’s cost objections are not even correct. “In truth, the existing water supply system serving the animals at any farm could double as a sprinkler system just by adding heat-sensitive sprinkler heads. No more water would be needed than the water already in the supply lines,” it writes.

6. Ag-Gag Laws
How do we know about these and other unethical practices on factory farms? Reporters, whistleblowers and undercover humane investigators tell us. That is why Big Ag has rolled out “Ag-Gag” laws which criminalize photographing farm practices, even by employees, and being hired under false pretenses. Killing the messenger rather than cleaning up farm operations may be a transparent ruse to continue cheap meat production, but it is working.
When Idaho lawmakers were confronted with grotesque undercover video from Bettencourt Dairies Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen, Idaho showing workers beating trapped cows and dragging a cow by a chain, they had a swift response: a law criminalizing videotaping of farms.
Needless to say, Animal Facility Interference laws, proposed or enacted in about a dozen states, are about freedom of speech and the First Amendment as much as animal welfare. “Extreme versions of ag-gag would make it illegal for me to write about it [farm abuse], or at least publish pictures,” wrote New York Times columnist Mark Bittman in a piece titled “Banned from the Barn.”
John P. Kibbie, a state senator from Emmetsburg and president of the Iowa State Senate says the bills “make producers feel more comfortable.” Yes, at the same time they tell food consumers how their food is produced is none of our business.


Martha Rosenberg is an investigative health reporter and the author of “Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health (Random House).”

Ed. Note: I’m all for food freedom, vegetarianism/veganism isn’t for everyone. But, if we’re going to consume meat we must make huge changes in preparation and in our eating habits to make an impact on factory farming. We can begin by eating less meat and cutting out all packaged and/or prepared foods from grocery stores like Nestle’s Philly Steaks.

In addition, fast food needs to be cut out of diets entirely – just say no.

Avoid grocery chains and only buy meat non-gmo, organic meats from your local health food stores.

Meat-free days, don’t eat meat 2-3 days a week. Replace with eggs or other tasty high protein vegetarian dishes.

Stop eating out regularly. If you aren’t already doing so, learn how to prepare meat dishes at home 90-100% of the time. Bring your lunch to work, stop eating out. Our dependence on restaurants and fast food outlets is a huge part of the problem too, and what doesn’t get eaten alsmot always gets thrown away. Which means millions of animals living a life of hell on earth, are tortured and traumatized to their entire lives only to be killed for nothing. To become garbage.

By taking the time to prepare our own meals we know what we’re eating and lowering demand for factory farmed meat products. If we’re going to change the world we must change the way we think and do things we used to take for granted, if we’re ever going to make an impact on factory farms and in the lives of our soul sisters and brothers in the animal kingdom. It starts with you and me.








Mercury Content DANGEROUSLY High in Flu Shots

How much mercury is in a flu shot? This infographic spells it out:

25,000 times higher concentration than EPA limit for drinking water.

GMO vs Non-GMO Corn seeds…if given a choice

Handle with gloves? Ick, gag, ewww…

This is what adults who don’t read labels are feeding children.

It’s no wonder the zombie apocalypse is alive in the walking dead.

Have you ever seen what GMO corn seed looks like? Big Ag wants us to believe that GMOs are safe, but this is NOT TRUE. For example, GMO corn (which is majority of the corn in the US) uses at least 8 pesticides, including a bee-killing neonicotinoid, glyphosate, a pyrethroid, and an organophosphate. Learn more:</p>
<p>Now that you know this, would you still want to eat GMO foods?</p>
<p>Please SHARE this information with your friends and family. Help educate them about the dangers of GMO foods—both to our health and the environment—and, if they live in Colorado (<a href= or Oregon (, tell them to vote YES on their state’s GMO labeling initiative. Remember, it’s your right to know.” width=”444″ height=”444″ />

Have you ever seen what GMO corn seed looks like? Big Ag wants us to believe that GMOs are safe, but this is NOT TRUE. For example, GMO corn (which is majority of the corn in the US) uses at least 8 pesticides, including a bee-killing neonicotinoid, glyphosate, a pyrethroid, and an organophosphate. Learn more:

Now that you know this, would you still want to eat GMO foods?

Please SHARE this information with your friends and family. Help educate them about the dangers of GMO foods—both to our health and the environment—and, if they live in Colorado ( or Oregon (, tell them to vote YES on their state’s GMO labeling initiative. Remember, it’s your right to know.

Hawaii’s Future and GMO’s ~ You choose

Note: Biotech company’s like Monasanto and Syngenta have drenched this island in toxins, we’re fighting a vicious battle with corporate powers who don’t respect the DEMANDS from the majority of local residents to stop poisoning our aina and for these corporations to pack-up and leave the islands. So that we can heal our lands and return a healthful, nutritious bounty  for future generations.

Which future do you want for our islands? The choice is yours. GET INVOLVED at

Are the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over?

Ebola situation assessment – 14 October 2014

Not quite yet.

If the active surveillance for new cases that is currently in place continues, and no new cases are detected, WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal on Friday 17 October. Likewise, Nigeria is expected to have passed through the requisite 42 days, with active surveillance for new cases in place and none detected, on Monday 20 October.

For Nigeria, WHO confirms that tracing of people known to have contact with an Ebola patient reached 100% in Lagos and 98% in Port Harcourt. In a piece of world-class epidemiological detective work, all confirmed cases in Nigeria were eventually linked back to the Liberian air traveller who introduced the virus into the country on 20 July.

The anticipated declaration by WHO that the outbreaks in these 2 countries are over will give the world some welcome news in an epidemic that elsewhere remains out of control in 3 West African nations.

In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, new cases continue to explode in areas that looked like they were coming under control. An unusual characteristic of this epidemic is a persistent cyclical pattern of gradual dips in the number of new cases, followed by sudden flare-ups. WHO epidemiologists see no signs that the outbreaks in any of these 3 countries are coming under control.

How does WHO declare the end of an Ebola outbreak?

A WHO subcommittee on surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory testing is responsible for establishing the date of the end of an Ebola outbreak.

The date is fixed according to rigorous epidemiological criteria that include the date when the last case with a high-risk exposure completes 21 days of close medical monitoring and tests negative for the virus.

According to WHO recommendations, health care workers who have attended patients or cleaned their rooms should be considered as “close contacts” and monitored for 21 days after the last exposure, even if their contact with a patient occurred when they were fully protected by wearing personal protective equipment.

For health care workers, the date of the “last infectious contact” is the day when the last patient in a health facility tests negative using a real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

For WHO to declare an Ebola outbreak over, a country must pass through 42 days, with active surveillance demonstrably in place, supported by good diagnostic capacity, and with no new cases detected. Active surveillance is essential to detect chains of transmission that might otherwise remain hidden.

Incubation period

The period of 42 days, with active case-finding in place, is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola virus disease and is considered by WHO as sufficient to generate confidence in a declaration that an Ebola outbreak has ended.

Recent studies conducted in West Africa have demonstrated that 95% of confirmed cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days; 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. WHO is therefore confident that detection of no new cases, with active surveillance in place, throughout this 42-day period means that an Ebola outbreak is indeed over.

The announcement that the outbreaks are over, in line with the dates fixed by the subcommittee on surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory testing, is made by the governments of the affected countries in close collaboration with WHO and its international partners.

Official announcements for the 2 countries will be made on the WHO website.

WHO recommendations for testing for Ebola virus disease and confirming a case

WHO is alarmed by media reports of suspected Ebola cases imported into new countries that are said, by government officials or ministries of health, to be discarded as “negative” within hours after the suspected case enters the country.

Such rapid determination of infection status is impossible, casting grave doubts on some of the official information that is being communicated to the public and the media.

  • For early detection of Ebola virus in suspected or probable cases, detection of viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) or viral antigen are the recommended tests.
  • Laboratory-confirmed cases must test positive for the presence of the Ebola virus, either by detection of viral RNA by RT-PCR, and/or by detection of Ebola antigen by a specific Antigen detection test, and/or by detection of immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies directed against Ebola.
  • Two negative RT-PCR test results, at least 48 hours apart, are required for a clinically asymptomatic patient to be discharged from hospital, or for a suspected Ebola case to be discarded as testing negative for the virus.
  • Laboratory results should be communicated to WHO as quickly as possible, in addition to reporting under the requirements and within the timelines set out in the International Health Regulations, which are administered by WHO.


WHO recommends that the first 25 positive cases and 50 negative specimens detected by a country without a recognized national reference viral haemorrhagic fever laboratory should be sent for secondary confirmatory testing to a WHO collaborating centre, designed as specialized in the safe detection (at biosafety level IV) of viral haemorrhagic fevers.

Similarly, for countries with a national reference laboratory for viral haemorrhagic fevers, the initial positive cases should also be sent to a WHO collaborating centre for confirmation.

If results are concordant, laboratory results reported from the national reference laboratory would be accepted by WHO.

Dallas Commissioners Will Declare State Of Disaster Tomorrow Over Ebola ~ ZeroHedge

The advantage of observing these events from the sacred neutral perspective allows the humorous side of this debacle to shine thru…this is getting absolutely laughable. If only the masses had our view of the charade…I don’t normally pay much heed to false flags, but this one deserves our attention and activism to help inform the sleepers. Yesterday I offered my roommates the link to EbolaGate post and got the “Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” response. Today when they freaked out about a plane arriving in Lihue, Kauai that carried an “alleged” Dallas Ebola patient, they had a change of heart and gave me their email…lol

Have a feeling this is really going to backfire on the perps if we stay on the ball and share information that exposes the Ebol-lie. Thank you for your Spiritual Activism…

Namaste and mahalo! Annette

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While the message from the President is ‘keep calm and avoid bodily fluids’, it appears the commissioners in Dallas are slightly more concerned at the potential for Ebola to escalate:


While we are not sure where a “state of disaster” ranks relative to a “public health emergency” such as the one in Connecticut, we are certain of one thing – it will mean civil liberties will be reduced as government takes control.

Welcome to the new normal American police state.

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And then there’s this… (as NBC Dallas reports)

Officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are apologizing for misdiagnosing the country’s first Ebola patient.


In testimony that will be submitted to the House of Representives on Thursday, Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, admitted to mistakes that were made during Thomas Eric Duncan’s care when he first arrived at the hospital’s emergency room.


“As the first hospital in the country to both diagnose and treat a patient with Ebola, we are committed to using our experience to help other hospitals and healthcare providers protect public health against this insidious virus, Varga said in the prepared testimony.


“It’s hard for me to put into words how we felt when our patient Thomas Eric Duncan lost his struggle with Ebola on October 8. It was devastating to the nurses, doctors, and team who tried so hard to save his life,” Varga said in the statement. “We keep his family in our thoughts and prayers. Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes. We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

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Perhaps even more concerning is that the CDC appears to have given the second nurse infected with Ebola permission to fly (despite her reporting she had an elevated temperature), as CBS reports:

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook reports that Vinson called the CDC several times before boarding the plane concerned about her fever.


“This nurse, Nurse Vinson,  did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk.”


Vinson first reported a fever to the hospital on Tuesday (Oct. 14) and was isolated within 90 minutes, according to officials. She did not exhibit symptoms while on the Monday flight, according to crew members. However, the CDC says passenger notification is needed as an “extra level of safety” due to the proximity in time between the flight and the first reported symptoms.


“Those who have exposures to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” said Dr. Frieden. “The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for controlled movement. That can include a charter plane; that can include a car; but it does not include public transport. We will from this moment forward ensure that no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement.”

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Do these people really know what they are dealing with?

Déjà Vu All over Again

It was only a matter of time.

The money has started raining down in Oregon and Colorado. Money from the usual suspects—Monsanto, Pepsi, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, General Mills. For the usual purpose—to keep you in the dark about the GMO frankeningredients in your food.

This week, Monsanto dumped a cool $6.2 million into Colorado and Oregon anti-labeling campaigns.

In all, the Junk Food and Gene Giants have spent—so far—$20 million to scare voters in Colorado and Oregon into voting against their own best interests.

We know these huge contributions buy the best advertising and public relations firms in the world, whose star professional liars stay up nights dreaming up creative ways to twist the truth and obscure the facts.

We know this money has an impact.

We know it was money, not the facts, and certainly not the truth, that defeated GMO labeling laws in California and Washington State.

Monsanto hopes that if the opposition throws enough money at the problem, it, meaning you and I and millions of like-minded consumers, will go away.

But we also know this. We have the truth, the facts and the momentum on our side. And we aren’t going anywhere. Are you with us? If so, please consider a generous donation this week so we can lend extra support to the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling campaigns. Thank you!

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in Oregon, Colorado and other states)

CDC Whistleblower William Thompson Issues Historic Statement

Published on Aug 28, 2014
Well we’ve been waiting for it and it has finally happened. CDC Whistleblower Doctor William Thompson, has now issued a public statement affirming the massive fraud at the CDC. He issued the statement through the law offices of Morgan Verkamp who, in 2012, were named “Whistleblower Lawyers of the Year.”

Dr. Thompson broke his decade long silence, with his charges against the federal agency, when he reached out to Dr. Brian Hooker to assist him in taking a second look at the MMR / Autism link data buried by the CDC.

Thompson’s statement reads, “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

This is a historically significant moment for families with Vaccine Damaged children. The magnitude of this admission and its legal implications could see the CDC and Federal Government held liable for Billions of dollars in damages to those affected families.

It is important to note that the wolves are out already attempting to redirect the debate to whether or not Dr. Hooker and Dr. Wakefiled violated Thompson’s trust as Thompson
stated several of the talks between Hooker and Thompson were recorded without his knowledge.

However should Thompson expect any level of privacy as an employee of the federal government, paid with public funds, admitting involvement in a massive cover-up with the CDC?

Well the courts may have to decide that one AFTER the long list of defendants and the CDC get their turn in front of the millions of vaccine damaged families they traded in for big bucks from big pharma.

“Tracking Ebola contacts”: Call in the Surveillance State

October 1, 2014

Now that the US has its own “Ebola case number 1” in isolation at a Dallas hospital (see also this), it can swing into gear tracking his/her contacts, and the contacts of those contacts.

Never mind that “case number 1” is unproven as an Ebola carrier (see my previous piece, “Is 1st US Ebola patient a hoax?”).

Who cares? It’s hunt and search and isolate in America. And if this campaign gains real steam, the Surveillance State will be deployed, as a “friend of the people.”

NSA, state-run spy ops, video cams on streets; whatever is necessary to “stem the rising tide of the Ebola nightmare.”

This is a perfect way for surveillance advocates to win love for their Machine. “We told you the NSA was absolutely necessary in order to protect the American people. Here’s the proof. We can hunt and find carriers of the dreaded virus, and you and your children will be safe.”

You can also look for the Obamacare apparatus to chime in. New regulations make it necessary to break doctor-patient confidentiality and share medical records. The sharing can be taken to new lengths, in order to locate “Ebola contacts,” or as the police would call them, persons of interest.

We are looking at a confluence of the Patriot Act, CDC epidemic-intelligence foot-soldiers, the NSA, Obamacare, medical ID packages for all citizens, and even community groups who “should be on the lookout” for people “displaying Ebola symptoms.”

Some of these symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, and cough are so general that they’ll spawn overeager helpers (aka busybodies yearning for official status).

power outside the matrix

And in case it hasn’t become clear by now, one of the primary objectives of Obamacare (and any national health insurance plan) is laying down requirements that enrollees, sooner or later, must follow:

Take all prescribed medications; follow the official vaccine schedule. In time of crisis, especially, accept all medical dictates.

Remember the infamous “swine flu” debacle of 1976?

“…the swine-flu vaccination program was one of its (CDC) greatest blunders. It all began in 1976 when CDC scientists saw that a virus involved in a flu attack outbreak at Fort Dix, N.J., was similar to the swine-flu virus that killed 500,000 Americans in 1918. Health officials immediately launched a 100-million dollar program to immunize every American. But the expected epidemic never materialized, and the vaccine led to partial paralysis in 532 people. There were 32 deaths.” —U.S. News and World Report, Joseph Carey, October 14, 1985, p. 70, “How Medical Sleuths Track Killer Diseases.”

That disaster occurred at a time when the Surveillance State was, relatively speaking, a mere infant. These days, “Health officials immediately launched a 100-million dollar program to immunize every American” has a far more ominous ring, given the State’s tracking and enforcement capability.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

Horrid Conditions in Transport Trucks – Present Concerns, Formulate Solutions with Local Farmers and Boycott Factory Farms

The inside of transport truck after arriving at a meat packing facility. Imagine if the last hours of your life were spent in here. Look at the amount of feces and urine on the floor. 

The animals are so afraid they vacate their bowels. It’s like the box cars of the Holocaust, there’s no escape, no hope, no kindness, no protection. In the winter the speed of the truck causes frozen limbs and noses.

Slippery floors (more than usual) cause broken limbs. Some animals are pregnant and abort the babies in transit, if alive they are trampled. Hell on earth, all their lives.

Billions of our soul sisters and brothers are living live of extreme torture, neglect and abuse. Until we find solutions for their plight, the vibration of the planet will  be held in a lower state of density

until we find the compassion, solutions and fortitude to confront our own inhumanity toward the Animal Kingdom. We were given dominion over the land as caretakers and stewards – not destroyers.

Jon Rappoport, CDC Fraud: Vaccine Autism Link & Ebola ~ Red Ice Creations

September 26, 2014
Jon Rappoport is an investigative journalist, author and publisher of the website He has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. He returns to give a complete run down on the recent CDC scandal. On August 25, 2014 the CDC published a press release defending its 2004 study on autism. Two days later CDC whistleblower publicly admits he and his co-authors cooked that study and committed fraud. The CDC was referring to the 2004 study whistleblower William Thompson co-authored, the study he admitted was fraudulent, the study he and his co-authors slanted to bury the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Jon discusses the complexities behind this huge cover-up. Actor, Rob Schneider also said he has a copy of “the original CDC report that was later suppressed and fraudulently changed.” Later, Jon talks about the striking similarity between the Thompson and Snowden stories. In this extended interview, we’ll continue discussing the vaccine as well as the length the CDC and government will go to obscure damage they’ve created. We’ll move on to talk about the Ebola epidemic. We’ll hear how the CDC is getting their numbers on cases and how it is being diagnosed. The CDC claims that there will be “1 million Ebola cases by January.” As Ebola victims fly into Western nations, Jon discusses what possible scenarios are being planned in the near future in Western nations.


Transpicuous News – Ep 1 – Ebola update: When Ebola isn’t really Ebola

Debut broadcast of Transpicuous News with Dani Arnold McKenny. In this episode D discusses the current Ebola ‘situation’ in West Africa.
When Ebola isn’t really ebola, and EV-D68 is really Polio: Digging deep to connect the dots of medical mythology.


Three Ebola Stories the Mainstream Media Literally Scrubbed From the Internet

Kimberly Paxton
October 9th, 2014


There’s a mysterious phenomenon that keeps happening to alternative media journalists lately, and it seems to be a side effect of Ebola.

Mainstream stories are being removed from the internet without a trace.

The first I heard of this was when a colleague, Mac Slavo, of SHTFplan wrote an article entitled “Disaster Teams Were Notified Months Ago They Would Be Activated in October”. The article was based on a twitter exchange with a large government supplier of emergency response products specializing in “high risk events”.

“DART teams were notified months ago they would be activated in October. Timing seems weird. Source: current DART member.”

Twitter exchange:

What we are now hearing is just the tip of the iceburg as we enter October. #Ebola virus will cripple EMS and hospitals. The wait is over!

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

@FutureMoneyTren DART teams were notified months ago they would be activated in October. Timing seems weird. Source: current DART member.

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

Be prepared to self quarantine yourselves if you experience flu like symptoms. Do not venture out as EMS & hospitals will be overwhelmed.

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

There is speculation that this #DallasEbola case is not Ebola. DART teams were told months ago they would be activated in October.

— GoldenStateFIRE/EMS (@GoldenStateEMS) September 30, 2014

Wisely, Slavo linked to an archive of the screenshot.


And I say wisely because the Twitter account involved was subsequently CLOSED.  Here’s the link:

and here’s what you now get when you go to it.


I said, “Wow, that’s pretty weird. Sounds like you were definitely on to something.”  And then I put it out of my mind, because…EBOLA.  We got incredibly busy bringing you the most comprehensive information on the Ebola situation that can be found on any alternative news website.

But then, this happened…TWICE.  Shortly after we quoted a mainstream source in a story that pointed out inconsistencies, the originally story got scrubbed from the internet.  It took all sorts of cache-searching gymnastics to prove that we weren’t the ones lying and that something was definitely being hidden by someone.

The best thing about this is that you, the readers, have been the ones to point out the inconsistencies.

First, there was the story from an Israeli news source that said Thomas Duncan had died. None of the American sources said anything other than “Duncan is fighting for his life”. This was posted on Sunday, October 5th. Here’s a screen shot of the original story.


But then, when I went in to moderate comments on the 6th, this appeared:

This must be a parody site akin to The Onion. I went to the link in your article (http://www.israelnationalnews…. and all it had was:

First US Ebola Patient Fighting for His Life

I went in and clicked our original link. Here’s a screen shot of what I saw. Ummm…what?

First US Ebola Patient Fighting for His Life   Latest News Briefs   Arutz Sheva

Hmm…well, that’s different, isn’t it?

But, sort of like a Ginsu knife commercial, that’s not all. The next issue was also picked up by a sharp-eyed reader, and this is when we realized, “Houston, we have a problem.”

When our reporter, Lily Dane, spied a little blurb buried waaaaaaay in the bottom of a CNN article, she had to write about it. After all, who knew that there were EIGHT confirmed cases of Ebola in Europe? We sure didn’t. Then, just a few hours later, I found this comment:

Is there an actual link to this? The CNN article linked has no mention of Ebola in Europe. I also can’t find any mention of cases in Europe.

Sure enough, the reader was again correct. Anyone noticing a trend here?

This one was covered up even better than the first one. Initially, using our Way Back Internet Archive Time Machine, we couldn’t find the cached page – just a big old field of whiteness where our quote had once been.  Then, Melissa Melton found a cached page with a Fox News article that had quoted the same thing Lily did. Here’s that picture.  (You can click on these to make them big enough to read.)

CNN page Europe cases

I contacted a nameless friend of mine with some mad computer skills, and he then found a cached version of the original CNN article. It was too big to get in one screen shot.  Click on the photo to make it big enough to read.

CNN one

CNN two

In response to all of these shenanigans, I sent out a memo to all of our staff. It said:

So over the past few days of our Ebola coverage we’ve had a recurring problem. Mainstream sources keep taking down information. Information is being blacked out. Sometimes when we try to find and archived version, the internet has been scrubbed of the information.

Readers follow the links we provide and discover the story says something totally different.


If you are writing something about Ebola, take a screen shot of whatever source you’re quoting. Make sure the address bar above shows in the screen shot.

This is absolutely necessary and there are to be no exceptions. Our integrity is at stake here.



This has happened too many times to be accidental.


So there you have it, Sheeple readers. This is what has been going on behind the scenes here.  We want to thank you for catching this – you guys make our site better. We vow to continue providing you with the most thorough coverage around. We’ll be backing up what we say with screen shots because we take our jobs, and our reputations for integrity and honesty, very seriously.  Please keep your comments coming, because it is you, the readers, who uncovered this issue.

What’s the common thread here? It sure seems to be Ebola.  What exactly is being hidden? And who’s responsible for instituting the memory hole? And WHY? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.


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Psychic Abilities | Psi and Psychedelics: Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences

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[Justin] I recently had an experience with LSD and experienced some psi abilities. Many of the people I have talked to whom have taken psychedelic substances report similar experiences. Julian had an OBE during one of his early trips which matches the work shared below.

[Julian] I took LSD two other occasions previous to the experience I am speaking of now. What made this trip different from other ones was the amount of people involved. I had tripped with one or two people before but never a total of four.

The four of us all worked at the same job and spent countless hours together, some of us even went to school together and so at this point we were all very much connected in our personal lives.

As we all began to peak on the LSD I started to experience a difficulty with perceiving who exactly I was. As I had my internal thoughts I began to hear them vocalized through my friends who were sitting around me in a circle like fashion. My own inner dialogue was no longer just in my head it was literally being played out through the people around me. At this point I realized that I wasn’t the only one experiencing this but that we were all doing it. To better describe I will give an example. Generally when you have thoughts you may form sentences in your head like “I wonder what so and so is thinking about” “I would really like to touch the water”. These same kind of internal dialogues were now being vocally expressed by each person. Instead of the sentence running through my head, each word was vocalized by a different individual as if the people themselves were part of a larger mind. When I realized this I Immediately felt a disassociation with my body. In a sense I was floating around my friends and was more so experiencing being the IDEAS than I was experiencing being a body. Within a few moments the regular first person perspective we experience switched to a third person perspective where I was now watching my body floating upwards in a black background. At that point my memory is lost but what I do remember next is when I realized I was conscious, some type of being, I began to notice my surroundings.

Though I felt confusion it did not feel as if this was a bad thing. I started to remember what objects and shapes were, what they represented in our daily lives and how I was connected to them.

I came to consciousness standing and holding on to a street lamp. I then realized there were other beings around me, I started to recognize them. Who they were, how got here, what they were doing, and most profoundly how everything in life had brought that moment into existence; the millions of connections. I realized how important these beings were to me in my life and in my growth. These were my friends but they were so much more, they are magnificent beings choosing out of infinite possibilities to be here and now in that moment with me. To show care, love, and compassion in the ways the only know how. A truly profound revelation. It was only after this that I remembered who I was, that I was Julian. I only realized that after I had seen how all my friends were connected, that they were connected through me.

I have taken LSD hundreds of times and did not consciously recognize any abilities (despite having many profound experiences and revelations), but after reading Dewey Larson, the Daniel Papers, and understanding the Mind more, it appears that we are getting Psi data all the time, we just normally filter it out or dismiss it.

For example, after our latest experience, I began notice my thought streams were readily presenting me with precognitive data. I experience this most when I’m in a Theta-state (clear mind) and emotionally connected to my present. The greater the emotional charge of bliss and openness with my data stream (the now) the more aware I am of the precognitive data. Julian and I often watch TV shows and Movies to decode them for allegorical meaning and after the recent LSD experience I started to notice my random thoughts were feeding me clues about the end results of the shows and what the characters where going to do. I always suspected the random thoughts and ideas we experience were in fact suggestive of cognition, but due to our belief systems and knowledge base we cannot decypher the data and apply it to understand it as anything more than random.

After reading the following post, and the aforementioned work of Dewey Larson and Daniel, as well as Dan Winter, the science behind our Human Technology, or Psi abilities, is becoming obvious in my mind; and we’re actually learning how to do it.

If we take pause to consider ALL the data we are receiving and how that relates to events and happenings in our lives, it will become obvious to us we are constantly receiving data which would be considered paranormal or Psi.  We are both receivers and transmitters.

- Justin

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by David Luke

At the beginning of the 1950s the developed world began in earnest its psychedelic research era. Since then these profoundly mind-altering substances have been inextricably associated with paranormal experiences—such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and out-of-body experiences—by many of the researchers who have studied their effects.

Currently however, virtually no research is being conducted in this area despite the recent revival of research into the potential therapeutic benefit of psychedelics in humans. This paper briefly discusses some of the author’s research to date in this field: a review of the literature on parapsychology (the psychological study of apparently paranormal processes) and psychedelics, a survey of paranormal experiences associated with different psychoactive substances, and correlation of self-reports of the number of consumed psychedelics with performance on a precognition task.

The word psychedelic, meaning ‘mind-manifesting,’ was created by Dr. Humphry Osmond in correspondence with Aldous Huxley in 1956. Four years earlier Osmond had published an article in the Hibbert Journal with his colleague John Smythies in which they proposed that a new theory of mind was needed that could account for both mescaline experiences and what they considered to be the scientifically-proven fact of extra-sensory perception (ESP). Huxley read this article and requested that Osmond, who like Huxley hailed from Surrey in England but lived in North America, should visit Huxley and give him mescaline.

Huxley then catalysed the popularisation of psychedelics with the publication of The Doors of Perception in 1954. In the book, not only did Huxley eloquently describe his experience of mescaline, disappearing beautifully into the mystical folds in his trousers, but he also proposed a nascent neurochemical model of ESP. He suggested that the French philosopher Henri Bergson was right to propose that the brain’s primary function was to filter out all the excess sensory data that we do not attend to. Otherwise, this information would overwhelm the conscious mind with a mass of information that was ordinarily irrelevant for the organism’s survival.

However, building on Bergson’s notion, Huxley added that substances such as mescaline serve to override the brain’s ‘reducing valve’ that filters out this sensory data. Under such psychedelic disinhibition of the brain’s inhibiting function, the mind is thereby capable of potentially remembering anything it has ever experienced and sensing everything within its immediate environment. Furthermore, it is also able to access the entirety of information available in the universe, even forwards and backwards in time. Such mystical or paranormal feats are known as clairvoyance, precognition and telepathy, and are collectively termed extra- sensory perception (ESP), or, more recently, ‘psi.’

To illustrate this psychic psychedelic process, Huxley took the title of his book from a quote by the English mystic, William Blake—“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” Elsewhere in the USA, just prior to the publication of The Doors of Perception in 1954, Gordon Wasson was recently back from his first trip to Mexico where he discovered both an active mushroom cult and the identity of their sacrament as Psilocybe mexicana.

The Mazatec shaman, Don Aurelio, (who Wasson worked with before meeting the more famous Maria Sabina) held a mushroom ceremony for him and told him two important facts about his son in the US that neither of them could otherwise have known. Both were ultimately true, although one was still yet to happen, thereby demonstrating Don Aurelio’s accurate clairvoyance and precognition under the influence of psilocybin. Yet, as far as scientific evidence goes, this is far from conclusive.

Similarly, it was in the mid-1950’s that LSD began doing the rounds. About 10 years earlier Albert Hofmann had discovered the exceptional psychological effects of LSD and had the first-ever LSD-induced out-of-body experience when he found himself hovering above his body and assumed that he had died. But these two tales of exceptional human experience from our foremost psychedelic pioneers are just the opening of the rabbit hole.

Anthropology, particularly from the New World, has long informed us that the people who traditionally use psychedelic plants and potions do so specifically for ‘magical’ purposes, such as ESP, psychic diagnosis and healing.

More compelling yet, there is an abundance of stories of anthropologists either witnessing or experiencing first-hand the occurrence of apparently paranormal phenomena with the use of psychoactive plants and fungi: peyote among the Huichol indians, psilocybin-containing mushrooms with the Mazatec, fly agaric mushrooms with the Ojibwa, datura in India, pituri in Australia, and practically all known psychedelic plants in all regions of the world.

Of particular importance in this equation is ayahuasca, which is so often accompanied by reports of psychic ability that when one of its psychoactive constituents, harmine, was isolated at the beginning of the 20th century it was named ‘telepathine.’ It is also interesting to note that, conversely, there is a serious lack of similar paranormal reports with the non-visionary psychoactive plants that have also been in use for centuries, such as coffee, coca, and cacao.

These numerous reports collected by anthropologists and from the early psychedelic explorers soon began surfacing among psychotherapists as well once these substances started seeping out of the labs and into the clinics. As just one example, Stan Grof, who we can probably credit as being the leading expert on psychedelic psychotherapy, reported observing past-life recall, out-of-body experiences, and ESP on a daily basis.

Thinking there might be something magical about these medicines that has been largely overlooked I conducted a comparison of spontaneous ESP phenomena occurring, with good supporting evidence in the therapy room, either with or without psychedelics. Reports of spontaneous ESP occurring within ordinary psychotherapy were fairly rare, although definitely evident, but they were seemingly more frequently reported by psychedelic psychotherapists during the 1960s.

Substantiating these anecdotal reports a number of surveys have been conducted that have consistently found a positive relationship between the reporting of having had a paranormal experience and the use of psychedelics, with heavier users having more experiences. What the surveys also show is that between 18–83% (depending on the type of experience) of those using cannabis and/or psychedelics also reported ESP experiences occurring whilst actually under the influence. There is very good reason to believe that these substances can induce paranormal experiences, regardless of whether these experiences are genuine or not.

A survey conducted by myself and my colleague, Dr. Marios Kittenis, extended this research and explored the taxonomy of these phenomena to try and identify which drugs related to which experiences in particular. While psychedelics in general were as- sociated with a range of phenomena, we found that particular substances were more readily associated with certain experiences than others. For instance, entity encounter experiences were very common under DMT, telepathy was common under cannabis and DXM, out-of-body experiences typified ketamine, and plant spirit encounters occurred particularly with psilocybin but also with a host of other psychedelic flora.

Since the prohibition of psychedelics in the late 1960s most of this field of research, which I like to call ‘parapsychopharmacology,’ has been conducted through surveys. Yet these provide very little evidential value for the genuine occurrence of psi. Fortunately, the notion of using psychedelics to investigate parapsychology was considered a viable method just prior to prohibition and about a dozen or more controlled experiments were conducted. Walter Pahnke, for instance, who conducted the original Good Friday experiment some 50 years ago and published his findings in the International Journal of Parapsychology, also conducted an ESP experiment with LSD. The results of this experiment were not significant overall. However, Stanislav Grof was one of the participants and had a string of increasingly improbable direct hits on the target symbol, determining a randomly selected target beyond the expectation of chance probability. Grof, explained that:

When I got the third correct answer in a row, the feelings [of a universe where no laws of time and space exist] were so powerful that I could not continue. The reason for discontinuation of the ESP experiment was a strange mixture of a conviction that it was absurd to test the obvious and, on the other hand, a metaphysical fear of confusion that would follow if I had to give up the usual concept of time and space and with it all the related reference points we feel so secure with.

Overall, the catalogue of ‘pharma-psi’ experiments from the sixties had some promising findings, which were in direct proportion to the sophistication of the methodology. Studies that used boring experimental procedures (such as massively iterative card-guessing tasks, sometimes for hours on end) and psychedelically-inexperienced participants returned poor results, while those that used engaging tasks and experienced trippers got the best outcomes. However, most of these experiments lacked the stringent degree of control expected by today’s standards and so also have limited evidential value.

What is needed is a series of well-controlled and methodologically-advanced experiments to more fully explore the capability of psychedelics to induce psi. I suggest that this research is now both timely, given the growing renaissance in psychedelic research, and extremely worthwhile. For instance, my own research into precognition, using a methodologically-rigorous design with 100 participants, found that precognitive ability correlated positively with the reported number of psychedelics consumed by the individuals in the sample (rs =.27, p =.008, two-tailed). Although indirect, this adds further support for the notion of psi-inducing psychedelics.

Given the enormous difficulties still evident in attempting to get funding and approval to conduct research administrating psychedelics directly, let alone when parapsychology is involved, researchers in the past have considered various alternatives. One proposal is to conduct basic ESP research, inviting participants who have just partaken of mind-expanding substances, along with those who haven’t, and testing their abilities. The parapsychologist Charles Tart proposed conducting such ‘drop-out drop-in’ experiments shortly after prohibition to circumvent the difficulties in getting legal and ethical approval for such work.

Such research techniques are now evident in non-parapsychological psychedelic research, but have yet to be used in parapsychology. Alternatively, it would be preferable to conduct direct psi experimentation through the administration of psychedelic substances, although probably with those substances which are still legal and have been reported to induce ESP, such as dextromethorphine.

Yet there still remain many obstacles to such work. Perhaps the greatest opportunity to conduct research at the present time would be to hitch an ESP experiment on the back of an existing psychedelic research program. We would be very happy to hear from any researcher interested in collaborating on this. As another alternative the use of hypnosis to re-induce psychedelic states could offer a novel drug-free methodology.

Psychedelic researchers since the time of Huxley and Osmond have been fascinated by exploring the apparently parapsychological affects of these drugs. Rightly so, because the implications of such research for understanding our capabilities as a species and for understanding reality itself are deeply profound. Huxley’s nascent notion of psychic abilities becoming available through the psychedelic inhibition of the brain’s reducing valve, which opens up awareness to an infinite field of information, is now quietly gaining some credibility.

Recent human experiments show that the serotonergic effect of psychedelic tryptamines can inhibit the ‘sensory gating’ function of the brain thereby opening up the flood gates of information to the mind and expanding one’s sensory awareness. Parapsychopharmacological research of this nature could tell us a great deal about the neurochemistry of apparently psychic abilities, the experience of which has probably been observed with these substances for millennia.

It is an exceptional shame that since prohibition psychedelic researchers have veered away from parapsychological research and, vice versa, parapsychologists have shied away from psychedelic research. Most likely this is because of the position of both of these fields at the fringes of mainstream science and the fear of jeopardising one’s insecure but legitimate positions by dabbling in an even more taboo field of research to one’s own.

Given the widening acceptance of parapsychology within mainstream academia, in the UK at least, and with the new renaissance dawning in psychedelic research globally, such an interest shouldn’t have to be considered as double career suicide anymore. Rather, the kind of ontological questions being asked through the research of parapsychopharmacology appear to be fundamental to our very sense of reality and should deserve special attention. And if philosophical prejudice appears to be in danger of keeping us from investigating such a topic it would seem wise to remember the words of Haldane, “my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

From Breaking Convention edited by Cameron Adams, David Luke, Anna Waldstein, Ben Sessa and David King, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2014.

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The Master Switch – What Happens To Your Heart When You Dive Into The Sea

by James Nestor on 19th September 2014

Surfers have always realized their tangible human connection to the ocean. However James Nestor’s description of exactly how close that relationship is might well surprise you.

The next time you’re at the beach your body will undergo the most profound transformation you can naturally experience. This is not a psychic prophecy; I don’t have precognition. The transformation I am describing will be physical, and it will be real. It’s the result of millions of years of human evolution, a trigger of ancient genes which you and all other humans share with billions of other deep-diving animals.

It looks something like this: You will be lying on the sand. Your skin will be warmed by the sun. You will become hot and thirst for a swim in the ocean. You will pick yourself up and stroll to the water’s edge, wade calmly into the lapping waves, and jump in. The moment your face submerges in the sea’s salty waters, a Hulk-like metamorphosis will trigger. Blood will begin rushing from your hands and feet, up your legs and arms, and into your core; your heart rate will reflexively lower 25% its normal rate; your mind will enter a meditative, almost dreamlike-state. If you choose to dive deeper, the transformation will grow more profound until you bear only a passing resemblance to your terrestrial form. You will become a water animal — a fish, essentially.

The Master Switch of Life

Scientists call this transformation the mammalian dive reflex or, more lyrically, the Master Switch of Life. They’ve been researching it for the past 50 years.

“Scientists call this transformation the mammalian dive reflex or, more lyrically, the Master Switch of Life. They’ve been researching it for the past 50 years.”

The term Master Switch of Life describes not one but many switches, or reflexes, that are spurred when we enter the water. These reflexes affect the brain, lungs, and heart, among other organs, they work in concert with other triggers in the body to protect us from the immense underwater pressure of deep water and turn us into efficient deep-sea-diving animals. The equivalent pressures of such a deep dive on land would kill or injure us, but not in the ocean. The ocean has different rules, and often requires a completely different mindset to truly comprehend.

Freedivers — those athletes who dive without the aid of any mechanisms, using only a single breath of air — understand the Master Switch better than anyone. In the past decade, they’ve used these reflexes to dive down to unthinkable depths. In the 1950s, scientists predicted that the deepest a human could dive and survive was 100 feet. Any deeper and the lungs would suffer a fatal collapse. Since then, freedivers have dived more than 700 feet; competitive freedivers regularly plummet to 300 feet. After just an hour or two of instruction, many beginners can plummet down 60, 70, even 100 feet. These divers aren’t special; each of us is imbued with the Master Switch. We need only get in the water and dive and let our bodies do the rest.
Here’s what happens when we dive deep.

In the first 30 or so feet underwater, the lungs, full of air, buoy your body toward the surface, forcing you to paddle as you go down. You feel the pressure on your body double at 33 feet underwater. At this depth, the contracting air will shrink your lungs to half their normal size. As you keep diving, at about 40 feet, you enter a gravity-less area in the water column that freedivers call the “doorway to the deep.” Here, the ocean stops pulling you up the surface and begins pulling you down. You place your arms at your sides in a skydiver pose, relax, and effortlessly drift deeper.
At 100 feet, the pressure triples. The Master Switch kicks in harder. Your heart rate reflexively beats even slower. This will help you conserve oxygen, which will allow you to dive deeper for longer. Heart rates of freedivers below 100 feet can plummet below half their normal resting rates. Some divers have recorded heart rates as low as 14 beats per minute, about a third the rate of a person in a coma; some freedivers have even reported heart rates as low as seven beats per minute. (The average resting heart rate for most humans is between about 60 to 100 beats per minute.) According to physiologists, a heart rate this low can’t support consciousness. And yet, somehow, deep in the ocean, it does.

“Around 300 feet, a depth reached often by freedivers, the walls of your organs and vessels, working like pressure-release valves, allow the free flow of blood and water into the thoracic cavity.”

Around 300 feet, a depth reached often by freedivers, the walls of your organs and vessels, working like pressure-release valves, allow the free flow of blood and water into the thoracic cavity. Your chest collapses to about half its original size. During a dive in 1996, Cuban freediver Francisco Ferreras-Rodriguez’s chest shrank from a circumference of 50 inches at the surface down to 20 inches by the time he reached his target depth of 436 feet. The Master Switch shifts into overdrive.
As you ascend to 200 feet, 150 feet, 100 feet, the Master Switch slowly reverses its effects: The heart rate increases, and the blood that flooded into your thoracic cavity now floods back out into your veins and arteries and organs. Your lungs reinflate with air. You become a land animal again.

When diving under your own power, in your natural state, the human body cannot get decompression sickness. The “bends” and other ailments like oxygen toxicity often associated with deep diving are the result of modern technologies. There are no “deco” stops in freediving; a freediver in her natural form, using no additional equipment, can ascend from depth as quickly as she wants and remain perfectly healthy. The human body reflexively processes the uptake of dangerous gases that occur at depth; we’ve known how to do this for, perhaps, millions of years. We are all born with this ability. We are, truly, born to dive.

We’re also born of the ocean.

Each of us begins life floating in amniotic fluid that holds a 99% similar chemical composition to seawater. Our earliest characteristics are fishlike. The month-old embryo grows fins first, not feet; it is one misfiring gene away from developing fins instead of hands. At the fifth week of a fetus’s development, its heart has two chambers, a characteristic shared by fish.

Human blood has a chemical composition 98% similar to seawater. An infant will reflexively breaststroke when placed underwater and can comfortably hold his breath for about 40 seconds, longer than many adults. We lose this ability only when we learn how to walk.

“Dolphins, whales, seals, and other marine mammals also share the Master Switch, and use it to dive to astounding depths.”

Dolphins, whales, seals, and other marine mammals also share the Master Switch, and use it to dive to astounding depths. Sperm whales, for instance, can plummet to more than 9,000 feet on dives that last about 90 minutes; some seals can hold their breath for over an hour and dive to depths of 2,500 feet. Scientists witnessed that these animals seem to gain oxygen the deeper and longer they dive; according to our understanding of physics and mammal physiology, this is impossible. And yet these animals do it all the time. And still, nobody quite understand how. (Again, the ocean has different rules, requires a different mind-set to comprehend.)

Ancient human cultures knew all about the Master Switch and employed them for centuries to harvest sponges, pearls, coral, and food hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean. European visitors to the Caribbean, Middle East, Indian Ocean, and South Pacific in the seventeenth century reported seeing locals dive down more than one hundred feet and stay there for up to 15 minutes on a single breath. These reports were considered exaggerations or outright fabrications for the last few hundred years.
Today, the world record underwater breathhold is now more than 12 minutes, just three minutes shy of the “fabricated” reports of ancient sailors. If we continue at our current rate, humans will break the 15-minute mark by 2017.

The ocean not only changes us physically, but psychically.

In a world of 7 billion people, where every inch of land has been mapped, much of it developed, and too much of it destroyed, the sea remains the final unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness, the planet’s last great frontier. There are no mobile phones down there, no emails, no tweeting, no car keys to lose, no terrorist threats, no birthdays to forget, no penalties for late credit card payments, and no dog shit to step in before a job interview. All the stress, noise, and distractions of life are left at the surface. The ocean is the last truly quiet place on Earth.

Those who dive deep in the ocean get a glassy look in their eyes when they describe their experiences; it’s the same look one sees in the eyes of Buddhist monks or emergency room patients who have died and then been resuscitated minutes later. Those who have made it to the other side. And best of all, the divers will tell you, “It’s open to everyone.”

Literally everyone — no matter your weight, height, gender, or ethnicity. In Japan, women in their seventies dive deep in the ocean to harvest urchins, seaweed, and abalone for hours a day, every day. The women, called ama, have been diving this way since their early teens, carrying on tradition of freediving that is many thousands of years old. Diving deep in the ocean does not sap their energy; the ama believe it gives them life. Some ama dive into their eighties.

You don’t need to dive to 300 feet, hold your breath for 12 minutes, or be 80 years old to feel the human connection to the ocean. You simply need to get wet. A two-second jump into the ocean triggers the Master Switch. You will feel the effects immediately — your body will relax, pulse will soften, and stress will dissipate. You will feel changed. This is the feeling of your body reacting to the life-changing energy of the largest living mass on the planet.

It’s a reminder that you’ve made it back home.

*James Nestor is a San Francisco-based journalist and author of DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. Article first published on Buzzfeed.

Cover image Guillaume Néry, reigning world free diving champion /