brain-on-drugs

strejdaking  asked:

What do you consider to be some interesting modern takes on classic fantasy races? Perhaps some you have some ideas yourself? I read in Elder Scrolls, High Elves are basically Nazi Germany.

  • After unleashing one too many buried evils, the dwarves said “bugger this” and moved as far away from the Underdark as possible. Their entire civilisation now occupies a swarm of small space stations in high Earth orbit. 90% of them work in material science and telecommunications.
  • Gnome society has become steadily more obsessed with concealment and illusions until, in the present day, most gnomes use illusory disguises full-time to masquerade as members of other races. Almost everyone knows at least one gnome; almost no-one is aware of it.
  • Though halflings have a reputation as drugged-out savants, the truth of the matter is that their pharmacological science is incredibly advanced, particularly in the area of cognitive and empathic performance enhancement. At any given time, your average halfling is under the influence of a complex brew of brain-boosting drugs (which only work for halflings); there are fewer side effects than you’d think.
  • Orcish culture’s preoccupation with violent spectacle has evolved into an unstoppable entertainment industry. The largest orcish nation is also the global centre of production for big-budget summer blockbusters; orcish martial arts musicals are particularly popular among other races. Most orcs at least casually practice some sort of performance art, though some resent the expectation that they should.
  • Elves are hardcore gamers. All of them. It’s the cornerstone of their civilisation. Elvish video games tend to be unfathomably abstruse, unimaginably difficult, or both; being into “elf games” is regarded as a mark of refinement, though in truth most non-elves don’t really understand them.

Things the signs remind me of

Aries: late night camp fires, warm black socks, counting to Infiniti, electric guitars, a lone light in the dark, running until exhaustion, looking someone in they eyes, 11:11 wishes, nose piercings

Taurus: a full nights rest, breathing, light purple, honey, sweet tea, anger, dark red roses, genuine smiles, jokes, blushy cheeks, eyelashes, closed eyes, lonliness

Gemini: kites, blue skies, the sound of running feet, being homeless, crowds of people, black leopards, picnics, numbers, electronic music, crows, blinking

Cancer: daisies, sunflowers, sunsets, a baby’s toes, friends, laughter, black eyes, souls, angels, making others laugh, waterfalls, rainbows, cartoons, the tired feeling after crying

Leo: public speaking, strong muscles, the bright light seen when dying, the solar system, the sun, singing, gray skies, smiley stickers, Nike shoes, dark circles under eyes

Virgo: pink skies, clouds white as milk, sheep, mathematics, being smart, shyness, antique furniture, cat paws, autumn brown, classy shoes, whispering

Libra: time, sprouting flowers, marijuana, white, wine, beer, fruit, highways, slow motion, loud music, sour gummy worms, big pupils, boobs, entertainment

Scorpio: teddy bears, blood, strange music, forests at night, silly faces, long walks, dinosaurs, private numbers, cigarettes, messy rooms, fingers, scrubby clothes, Where The Wild Things Are

Sagittarius: background vocals, talking about everything, lighters, secret letters, alley ways, new trends, leather, a favorite song, movies, yellow, stars

Capricorn: children, hard work, calculating, the circus, falling asleep, boredom, facts, making out, country music, one on one time, forests, red, phobias

Aquarius: sharks, being underwater, fame, face tattoos, being alone, existence, the brain, drugs, cats, trumpets, airplane rides, being above the clouds, spiders

Pisces: the hands of an artist, white walls, silence, sleepy eyes, big smiles, simplicity, sitting on a sidewalk at night, sad music, sadness, paint brush strokes, surrealism

anonymous asked:

What are the general stereotypes of the types?

ISFJ: Book nerd. Helpful. Shyest of the shy. Hipster blog.

ISFP: Aesthetics are Important. Wanderlust. Tears of joy.

ISTJ: Organization. Always serious. Puns and sarcasm.

ISTP: Can fix things. Probably a mechanic. Will fight you.

INFJ: Existential. Knows what you’re thinking. Probably sad.

INFP: Always crying. Takes everything personally. Artsy. Ideas.

INTJ: No emotions. *Trips*. Probably planning your murder. Music.

INTP: Procrastinates. Knows a lot about space. Hates decisions.

ESFJ: Mom. Bakes. Greek life is their life. Always looks nice.

ESFP: *Flirts*. Parties and dancing. Superficial. Small talk.

ESTJ: Ambitious. Probably your boss. Best at making plans.

ESTP: High school football player. Likes parties. Best at gym.

ENFJ: The Protagonist. Advice central. Never wrong. Helps everyone.

ENFP: Brain is on drugs. “Fairies are real fight me”. Bad at math.

ENTJ: Intimidating. Always wins fights. Non-stop. No free time.

ENTP: Pyromaniac. Class clown. Thinks they’re the best. Awkward.

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In some cultures, it’s traditional for elders to smoke weed, a practice said to help them pass on knowledge. A study done by Andreas Zimmer at the university of Bonn, Germany seems to add truth to this tradtion. The investigators are studying the endocannabinoid system, which helps balance out our bodies’ response to stress. Mice whose endocannabinoid system don’t work properly age faster, leading Zimmer to investigate if stimulating the system may have the opposite effect. Zimmer’s team is now planning trials to see if these observations can be replicated in humans.

Things The Signs Remind Me Of

Aries: late night camp fires, warm black socks, counting to Infiniti, electric guitars, a lone light in the dark, running until exhaustion, looking someone in they eyes, 11:11 wishes, nose piercings


Taurus: a full nights rest, breathing, light purple, honey, sweet tea, anger, dark red roses, genuine smiles, jokes, blushy cheeks, eyelashes, closed eyes, lonliness

Gemini: kites, blue skies, the sound of running feet, being homeless, crowds of people, black leopards, picnics, numbers, electronic music, crows, blinking 

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LSD is one of the most powerful drugs ever created, and for the first time ever, scientists at Imperial College London have successfully image scanned human brains that are under the influence of the psychedelic drug. The study has had profound impacts on our understanding of consciousness. As one researcher explained, “Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialised functions, such as vision, movement and hearing - as well as more complex things like attention. However, under LSD the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain. In many ways, the brain in the LSD state resembles the state our brains were in when we were infants: free and unconstrained.”

First evidence for higher state of consciousness found

Scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex.

(Image caption: Image created using brain imaging technology, showing changes in neural signal diversity while under the influence of LSD)

Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in neural signal diversity – a measure of the complexity of brain activity - of people under the influence of psychedelic drugs, compared with when they were in a normal waking state.

The diversity of brain signals provides a mathematical index of the level of consciousness. For example, people who are awake have been shown to have more diverse neural activity using this scale than those who are asleep.

This, however, is the first study to show brain-signal diversity that is higher than baseline, that is higher than in someone who is simply ‘awake and aware’. Previous studies have tended to focus on lowered states of consciousness, such as sleep, anaesthesia, or the so-called ‘vegetative’ state.

The team say that more research is needed using more sophisticated and varied models to confirm the results but they are cautiously excited.

Professor Anil Seth, Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex, said: “This finding shows that the brain-on-psychedelics behaves very differently from normal.  

“During the psychedelic state, the electrical activity of the brain is less predictable and less ‘integrated’ than during normal conscious wakefulness – as measured by ‘global signal diversity’.  

“Since this measure has already shown its value as a measure of ‘conscious level’, we can say that the psychedelic state appears as a higher ‘level’ of consciousness than normal – but only with respect to this specific mathematical measure.”

For the study, Michael Schartner, Dr Adam Barrett and Professor Seth of the Sackler Centre reanalysed data that had previously been collected by Imperial College London and the University of Cardiff in which healthy volunteers were given one of three drugs known to induce a psychedelic state: psilocybin, ketamine and LSD.

Using brain imaging technology, they measured the tiny magnetic fields produced in the brain and found that, across all three drugs, this measure of conscious level – the neural signal diversity – was reliably higher.

This does not mean that the psychedelic state is a ‘better’ or more desirable state of consciousness, the researchers stress; instead, it shows that the psychedelic brain state is distinctive and can be related to other global changes in conscious level (e.g. sleep, anaesthesia) by application of a simple mathematical measure of signal diversity. Dr Muthukumaraswamy who was involved in all three initial studies commented: “That similar changes in signal diversity were found for all three drugs, despite their quite different pharmacology, is both very striking and also reassuring that the results are robust and repeatable.”

The findings could help inform discussions gathering momentum about the carefully-controlled medical use of such drugs, for example in treating severe depression.

Dr Robin Cahart-Harris of Imperial College London said: “Rigorous research into psychedelics is gaining increasing attention, not least because of the therapeutic potential that these drugs may have when used sensibly and under medical supervision.  

“The present study’s findings help us understand what happens in people’s brains when they experience an expansion of their consciousness under psychedelics. People often say they experience insight under these drugs – and when this occurs in a therapeutic context, it can predict positive outcomes. The present findings may help us understand how this can happen.”

As well as helping to inform possible medical applications, the study adds to a growing scientific understanding of how conscious level (how conscious one is) and conscious content (what one is conscious of) are related to each other.

Professor Seth said: “We found correlations between the intensity of the psychedelic experience, as reported by volunteers, and changes in signal diversity. This suggests that our measure has close links not only to global brain changes induced by the drugs, but to those aspects of brain dynamics that underlie specific aspects of conscious experience.”  

The research team are now working hard to identify how specific changes in information flow in the brain underlie specific aspects of psychedelic experience, like hallucinations.

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Experts excited by brain 'wonder-drug' - BBC News
A drug for depression could stop all neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia, scientists hope.

Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia.

In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world.

But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage.

Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people.

“It’s really exciting,” said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester.

She wants to start human clinical trials on dementia patients soon and expects to know whether the drugs work within two to three years.

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