"Dimethyltryptamine shook some things loose, as it was so shattering. I now find I have more control over my reality by letting go; it’s a paradox. I’ve found that the dmt experience intensified verbal, visual, and musical abilities. Overall, dmt, showed me another level or process I needed to see. Nothing I thought or felt made any difference in terms of controlling the sessions. I learned the beneficial aspects of losing control."
Cotard Delusion is a rare disorder in which the affected people experience one or more of a number of delusions including that they are dead, do not exist, have lost body parts, blood or organs, or that they have lost their soul.
Patients, when asked how they are able to walk and talk and interact seem confused and unable to understand how that’s possible but will maintain their belief.
In 2006 a man identified as Graham attempted suicide by taking a toaster into the bathtub with him. He did not succeed in ending his life, but he believed that he had. When he woke, he believed that his brain was, fried in the bathtub, and that he was dead.
"When I was in hospital I kept on telling them that the tablets weren’t going to do me any good ‘cause my brain was dead. I lost my sense of smell and taste. I didn’t need to eat, or speak, or do anything. I ended up spending time in the graveyard because that was the closest I could get to death."
Using PET scans doctors assessed his brain, the first brain scans of a person with Cotard Syndrome they found that Metabolic rates of his brain were so low it was functioning as if he was in a vegetative state, under anesthesia, or asleep.
Further reading: http://learnsomethingscience.blogspot.com/#!/2013/12/cotard-delusion-named-for-jules-cotard.html
As December has arrived, you may now be starting to get into the Christmas spirit. For many of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is helped along by winter snow. Whether you are a fan of snow or not, you have to admit that white landscape makes for some beautifully photography, better still if accompanied by the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) as in this image, taken in Sodankylä, Finland.
This phenomenon, which is arguably the most beautiful on Earth is the result of when highly charged electrons being blown towards Earth in what is called “solar wind”. The electrons interact with elements in the earth’s atmosphere; mainly oxygen and nitrogen over a range of altitudes: from 20 to 200 miles above the Earth’s surface. It often looks like the auroras are dancing through the sky, this is because the magnetic and electric forces are reacting with each other in constantly shifting combinations.
The colour of the aurora depends on which atom is first struck and at what altitude, as follows:
• Green - oxygen, up to 150 miles in altitude
• Red - oxygen, above 150 miles in altitude
• Blue - nitrogen, up to 60 miles in altitude
• Purple/violet - nitrogen, above 60 miles in altitude
In this image, it can be deduced that nitrogen pretty low in the atmosphere is causing the spectacular aquamarine glow. If you are lucky enough to be able to witness it firsthand, please take advantage; for everyone else, here is a link to some great photos: http://www.psdeluxe.com/articles/inspiration/50-magnificent-aurora-borealis-pictures/
Image courtesy of Visit Finland.