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Musical Hallucinations

I had never heard of musical hallucinations until I started reading Musicophilia. I guess I've heard of people who claim to hear choirs of angels, but I, like them, thought this was some signification that they were chosen of God or spiritually blessed. Musical hallucinations, however, are neurological. They have nothing to do with divine signification and everything to do with skiwampus neurological pathways.

Musicophilia is written by renowned neurosurgeon Oliver Sacks, made famous by his earlier book AwakeningsIn fact, if you've never seen the movie, I highly recommend it. It's a true story featuring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams. I loved it the first time I saw it, and now that I'm enthralled with the brain, and our relatively pygmy understanding of it, I relish it even more. Witnessing the radical transformation of the lives of the patients who received the miracle drug L-dopa, gets me excited for the day when we have eradicated all forms of brain disease.

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Out with the Old. . .

I was watching some calisthenics videos on youtube when a video ad for silicone rings appeared. The ad was for Groove Rings and was super clever. It showed burly men lifting heavy weights, waterskiing, operating machinery, etc. And guess what? All these "real men" were wearing groove silicone rings.

Fast forward to the next scene which featured a bunch of old men sitting around smoking cigars in suits. Of course, they looked quite outdated and wussy. They were captioned as "dad" and "granddad." Quite naturally, they were all wearing "precious metal" rings. 
The gist of the ad was this: replace your dangerous, daddy rings of 'ole with the functional, comfortable rings that allow real men to get things done. Basically, Out with the old; in with the new!

It made me think about the book I started reading today: The End of Faithby Sam Harris. 
I first discovered Sam when I was watching The God Delusion (a fantastic documentary by Richard Dawkins…

Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck

I started reading Martha Beck's book Leaving the Saints: How I lost the Mormons and Found my Faithlate last night and finished it early this morning. I simply could not put it down. I highly recommend it to every Mormon, survivor of sexual abuse, spiritual seeker, feminist, or any person who loves a great read.

Martha Beck is a world-renowned life coach, New York Times best-selling author, O columnist, and Harvard trained Ph.D. sociologist. She's also an insanely intelligent, spirited, fun, and witty writer. Many have attacked her personally for publishing this book for in it she tells her story of sexual abuse at the hands of her deceased father, Hugh Nibley.

She provides compelling factual and circumstantial evidence that her Mormon apologist father did indeed molest her. Additionally, she reveals his tormented and abusive childhood, coupled with WWII PTSD, and professional psychological distress.

It's not a vindictive memoir. Beck is very compassionate in her revelatio…

I Have a Lump in my Armpit

I have a lump in my armpit. My right one. I noticed it last week. I thought it might go away. It hasn't. I guess I better get it checked out. I'm not worried. Cancer can only kill my body, not my soul. My soul is endless. It will go on and on and on. :)

Idea Machine

I know I mentioned getting specific on my book lists, but tonight I really just want to write about some other ideas I have right now:

Sourcing oversized products
Blogging and mini-sites
Affiliate marketing
Amazon Associates program
Investing in stocks
Ranking supplements

I've got some more meetings with some key peeps coming up and work is going great. I've researched James Altucher a bit more and think he might be a con-artist. I bet he even hired someone to write his book. It was so good so he's either a fraud or others are trying to smear him. I'll do a little more due diligence before purchasing any of his courses.

I got invited to attend a silent retreat in Maryland Oct. 5-12th with Tara Brach. It will cost around $3k. I think I want to go. I'll consider it for another week and see what I decide.

So many exciting things. My Amazon department has doubled in size and profits. Life is good.

I'm Back

I'm back. For now. Not sure this is the best platform for my thoughts. It totally works if I don't really care about anyone reading my words, ever. But if I want what I write to be read, then I should consider publishing where there is traffic. I'm thinking Quora, Medium, Reddit, Amazon ebooks, etc.  I don't know that anything I'm saying is "profound," but I do feel that many could benefit from what I'm learning. It's blessed me and one improved is better than none.
I recently discovered James Altucher. His"Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth" is excellent and he's the one that has reminded me of the importance of writing daily. Daily writing takes discipline and strengthens your mental muscles so that when you need ideas you have a rich reservoir from which to draw. 
I spent the past 17 months just writing down my thoughts. I feel that I could turn my thoughts to profit if I approached it strategically. Rather than think out loud, I cou…

Tripping

Check it out. I've never used drugs, and I have no intention of ever trying them either. I have heard the term "tripping out," but until Ram Dass explained the experience in his book "Be Here Nowof using psychedelics, I had no idea what it meant.





Ram Dass, formerly Professor Richard Alpert, became famous for his clinical study of psychedelics. He and several other Harvard professors experimented with using drugs to stimulate spiritual experiences and attain higher levels of consciousness. Professor Alpert wrote extensively about his "trips" under the influence and how his journeys led him to greater understanding.

I really enjoyed reading his travelogue. It was fascinating to hear about the effects LDS, psyclobin, mushrooms, etc. had on his own and others' consciousness and awareness. Ram Dass explained how he learned more in 1 minute under the influence of psychedelics than he had come to comprehend in his entire 35 years.

He had many spiritual…