Just finished a really interesting book entitled ‘Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse’ by David Jay Brown. It consists of interviews with some of the brightest minds on the planet covering a wide range of topics including psychedelics, consciousness, life after death, threats to human survival, and the future of our evolution. All in all it’s a good workout for the mind with an amazing cast of characters including George Carlin, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Noam Chomsky, Robert Anton Wilson , and more.
Some points in particular stuck out to me and so I’ll share them now.
Neurogenesis is the birth of new brain cells, an idea that overturns a long held scientific belief that we only had a fixed amount of brain cells and that they were always declining as we age. I can remember learning this in school and it turns out not to be the case.
Rupert Sheldrake has gathered a body of data that supports telepathy as reality including the amazing story of a parrot named Nkisi who can speak full sentences, has a 950 word vocabulary, and can seemingly read people’s thoughts.
There are a small percentage of caucasian Europeans who are immune to HIV and AIDS since they lack a particular genetic receptor.
George Carlin ” Whether its citizenship, or whether it’s morality, things don’t come from God. Things come from you, and things you want to change in the world have to start inside yourself. You can’t just acquiesce. You can’t be at the mall with a fannypack on , scratching your nuts, buying sneakers with lights in them. You have to be thinking. You have to be resisting. You have to be talking.”
Deepak Chopra on hope ” I believe, as I was taught by my spiritual masters, that hope is another sign of despair. So I never hoped. I’m always trying to maintain a sense of being where I’m independent of both hope and despair.”