It’s grey in London. Shocking, I know.
Be that as it may, I have been really looking forward to this weekend. Work is always insane at this time of year and I yearn for Saturday the way I would usually yearn for a whole week off.
Here it is. Finally.
The house is clean. The Christmas chilli jam is cooling. (It’s best if you make it a month out.)
The air is cold. The coffee is hot. Time for a little light reading.
Here’s a grab bag of light pieces that has some kind of magical connection for you as you slowly ease into the weekend.
They’re in no particular order. Happy weekend.
Interesting research on what our brains throw out when we are alone. It certainly has implications for some of the more extreme visionary results you can achieve if you’re properly solo.
I wrote about coffee and its impact on the development of the world a while back. Here’s something similar for nutmeg. It makes me think you could probably build an entire ecosystem of plant spirits based on their ambition and impact on the world. Like a mostly-edible Olympus.
As PJC says, personality is chemistry. I wish there was a benign rogue state somewhere that allowed serious research into the use of products that more panicky countries tend to ban; MDMA treatments for PTSD, etc.
I am in ur particlz.
Here’s one about a trip to the Arran Islands off Ireland. Quite touching.
Are you doing it the wrong way? I probably am most of the time.
Free will gets it in the neck from neuroscience. Sort of.
This is just neat.
Fascinating study based on research from online dating sites. Turns out Cartman was right. Canada is really gay.
Short answer? Yes. But then, if you read this blog you already know that. Clever thing.
Or at least, the oldest so far.
Complete with helpful YouTube videos.
Of particular interest to me is that when you pray seems to have more of an impact than if.
I may have linked to this before but it is absolutely worth reading. Assessing risk and your biases is extremely important as a first step in determining your magical targets.
Really great article on one of the key competing religions to Christianity in the first century AD.
Psychological and behavioural research tends to be conducted on people living in the First World. But we are in a minority. Notions such as altruism, selfishness, forgiveness, etc aren’t even close to universal. This has implications for how you build your worldview. Are you projecting your economic biases onto a universe that considers them aberrant or rare?
And also why there is very little point in trying to get Sarah Palin to see reason.
Nice piece on how people develop at different speeds. I mean, it’s not like it’s a race or anything, is it?
Researchers have discovered that simply flashing a dollar-sign cue can spark immediate activation in a brain region that coordinates the interaction of cognitive control and motivational functions. There are any number of magical implications here.
His recent series on America was a bit all over the place but the man is still a god. An important essay, no matter where you live.