A Phenomenological Inventory of Psychedelic Visuals on MDMA: A Personal Essay by Martin W. Ball, Ph.D.

A Phenomenological Inventory of Psychedelic Visuals on MDMA: A Personal Essay by Martin W. Ball, Ph.D.

You’ve probably heard that MDMA is an entactogen, meaning that it gives rise to feelings of oneness, openness, and empathy and connectedness, and that these are the dominant properties of the MDMA experience – so much so that some commentators feel that MDMA should not be classified as a psychedelic. Because of these feeling-related effects, MDMA has been dubbed the “love drug,” and has found a place in PTSD therapy, helping individuals overcome traumatic and emotionally charged experiences.

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The Dude Abides: The Dudely Lama Discusses The Big Lebowski, Dudeism, and The Potential of Future Religions.

The Dude Abides: The Dudely Lama Discusses The Big Lebowski, Dudeism, and The Potential of Future Religions.

Initially viewed as a parody of religion (despite this never being the founder's intention), Dudeism was written off as an American novelty act; The product of obsessive fandom and rampant imagination. These ideals were quickly inverted as the followers of Dudeism were seen to be serious about their newfound devotion to what they believed to be a progressive and transcendent denomination. 

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