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How playing an instrument benefits your brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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Playing the Infinite Game

Evolution, life, mind, and the technium are infinite games.
Their game is to keep the game going. To keep all participants playing as long
as possible. They do that, as all infinite games do, by playing around with the
rules of play. The evolution of evolution is just that kind of play.

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Playing Doctor: Herbal Medicine in A New World Economy

Plants have been used for thousands of years to treat and cure illnesses, but in modern America, we're dissuaded from these proven methods by the interests of multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies. Is all that about to change?

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Can Psilocybin Get Rid of Fear?

Psilocybin is at the forefront of so many amazing discoveries, especially in the mental health industry. And in the last decade, researchers have been curious to know if psilocybin can erase feelings of fear. According to a study conducted in 2013, the active element in psilocybin mushrooms may erase traumatic memories and promote new brain …

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Trip or Treat?

One of the best parts of a trip is reflecting on the experience. Sometimes it’s enlightening, sometimes it’s terrifying and other times it’s just straight-up hilarious. But one thing that is certain — it’s almost always an entertaining story afterward. Here are some personal trip stories from fellow psychonauts that are worth a read: u/40footstretch …

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