In short: a roundup of some of the psychedelic research that caught my eye over the past couple years.

Preachy intro:

Hope and optimism in the psychedelic ‘renaissance’ is starting to feel a bit hollow for me. I guess it’s nothing new — once the rosy glow of the initial revolution has…


It was the Vietnam/American War that helped me finally grok the immense failure of sentience at the heart of warfare, and the horrors of capitalist and colonialist conflicts.

In Vietnam, class, race and culture collided in the context of a truly hellish war, exposing the hypocrisy of Western society through…


Spoilers throughout.

Both The Babadook and Midsommar explore the horrors of living with grief; but the films’ resolutions are as different as night and day.

In The Babadook, the protagonist Amelia struggles with grief in the form of a dark spectre that haunts her and her young son Sam. Whereas…


Poker is rarely portrayed accurately in films. And that’s not really a big deal, considering that poker is not usually the driving force of a film’s plot, and is more likely used as a dramatic tool or maybe even just as a vehicle for a joke.

But even in films…


Even before the recent Gillette ad (and the backlash it sparked from angry “men’s rights activists” who felt personally attacked by the assertion that some men are not good role models), I was seeing this little gem being copied around on twitter:

“In America 43% of boys are raised by…


Warning: contains spoilers for Oblivion throughout

When Tom Cruise’s agent approached him in 2011 about starring in a new science-fiction epic, you can assume the pitch was something along the lines of “You get to fly your own spaceship, endure two different women vying for your affection, and live in…

Pat Smith

Biologist, writer

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