Quotes from “Stealing Fire” by Steven Kotler,Jamie Wheal

Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
The first is do the exact opposite of what the guy in front of you is doing—so if he looks left, then you look right. The second is trickier: the person who knows what to do next is the leader. We’re entirely nonhierarchical in that way. But in a combat environment, when split seconds make all the difference, there’s no time for second-guessing. When someone steps up to become the new leader, everyone, immediately, automatically, moves with him. It’s the only way we win.”
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophas quotedlast year
So when his rivals got wind of that scandalous evening, they ratted him out to the highest Athenian court for stealing “kykeon,” the sacred elixir he’d shared with his guests.
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
What he meant was, when it comes to problem-solving, we tend to get locked into using familiar tools in expected ways. The technical term for this is the Law of the Instrument. Give someone a hammer and, indeed, they’ll look for nails to pound. But present them with a problem where they need to repurpose that same hammer as a doorstop, or a pendulum weight, or a tomahawk, and you’ll typically get blank stares.
Juan Orozco
Juan Orozcohas quoted10 days ago
he ecstasy will always come with the agony—that’s the human condition. Nothing we do absolves us from the broke-open beauty of that journey. So there will be cracks.
Juan Orozco
Juan Orozcohas quoted10 days ago
The Japanese get at this same idea with the concept of wabi sabi30—or the ability to find beauty in imperfection. If a vase is accidentally broken, for example, they don’t throw the pieces away or try to patch it up to hide the accident. Instead, they take golden glue and painstakingly reassemble the vessel, so its unique flaws make the piece more beautiful.
Juan Orozco
Juan Orozcohas quoted10 days ago
everything/nothing” dialectic isn’t just flowery wisdom, it’s the by-product of the neurobiology of ecstasis itself.
Juan Orozco
Juan Orozcohas quoted10 days ago
: “Love tells me I am everything. Wisdom tells me I am nothing.28 And between these two banks, flows the river of my life
Juan Orozco
Juan Orozcohas quoted15 days ago
But if we draw upon the insights of embodied cognition research, we can reconnect our bodies and brains. We can shift posture, breathing, facial expressions, flexibility, and balance as a way to tune our states of consciousness, altered or otherwise.
Juan Orozco
Juan Orozcohas quoted15 days ago
ree your mind and your ass will follow,” but he might have had it backward. Free your ass and your mind will follow.
Simon Dunlop
Simon Dunlophas quotedlast year
All of which is to say, as far back as we can trace Western civilization, buried among the stories that bore schoolchildren to tears, we find tales of rebel upstarts willing to bet it all for an altered state of consciousness.
Anabel M Ortega
Anabel M Ortegahas quotedlast year
When consumed accidentally,8 ergot prompts delirium, prickly limbs, and the hallucinations known as “St. Anthony’s fire.” When taken on purpose, within the context of an intensive initiatory ritual, you have all the ingredients of a highly effective ecstatic technology—so effective (and, presumably, so enjoyable) that Alcibiades was willing to risk his life to steal it for a party.
Aaron Rodriguez
Aaron Rodriguezhas quotedlast year
In [them] we perceive the real principles of life, and learn not only how to live in joy, but also to die with better hope.”
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b0003856425has quoted2 years ago
Cicero went further,6 calling the rites the pinnacle of Greek achievement: “Among the many excellent and indeed divine institutions which . . .
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
“When a man knows he is to be hanged in the morning,” Samuel Johnson once remarked, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
To put this accomplishment into perspective, in the 1950s there were about twenty known psychedelics, including LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. By the 1980’s, Shulgin had expanded that list to more than two hundred.
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
most of us, when challenged, will do none of these things. We’ll think more, talk more, and stress more. We’ll wait until after we feel better to go for that walk in the sun, rather than going for that walk in order to feel better. We’ll wait until after we get that job offer to pump our fists and stand tall, instead of the other way around.
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
What Newberg discovered is that extreme concentration can cause the right parietal lobe to shut down. “It’s an efficiency exchange,” he explains. “During ecstatic prayer or meditation, energy normally used for drawing the boundary of self gets reallocated for attention. When this happens, we can no longer distinguish self from other. At that moment, as far as the brain can tell, you are one with everything.”
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
our bodies, facial expressions, posture, and voice all convey more information than we would ever suspect. And, if we change any of those things, we can substantially shift how we feel and what we think in the present moment.
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
you can’t read the label while you’re sitting inside the jar.
Елизавета Тиманова
Елизавета Тимановаhas quoted2 years ago
In very simple terms, the states of consciousness we prefer are those that reinforce established cultural values. We enshrine these states socially, economically, and legally. That is, we have state-sanctioned states of consciousness. Altered states that subvert these values are persecuted, while the people who enjoy them are marginalized.
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