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The Shulgin Rating Scale

The Shulgin Rating Scale is a simple scale for reporting the subjective effect of psychoactive substances at a given dosage, and at a given time. The system was developed for research purposes by the American biochemist 'Sascha' Shulgin and detailed in his book PIHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved: A Chemical Love Story).



Running with Scissor is a zine produced by Mel. Released in Feb 2006 it features the artwork of 10 different artists and comes in a full colour 46 page 9.5X14 cm booklet. The four samples included on the site are by mel, matt, mel and mikes, and mel respectively. If you are interested in purchasing the whole zine you can contact mel at run.with@hotmail.com

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'Smothertongue' > by Dan ( )


Smother Tongue
Dan | 12:22am,Mon 29 aug 2005 | Siantar, Indonesia

reprinted From Undergrowth #7 - Nomadology

I’m a teacher, apparently. At least, I’ve instructed no less than eight classes of students in the last week. In every village, the English teachers lie in predatory wait for foreigners. If I get seen, they grab me by the arm, drag me into class, plonk me in front of the students and say, “Mister Dan, would you please tell my students why English is such an important language.” Hum.

By the end of the week, I am beginning to get shirty with the procedure, in particular with being detained for many hours on the pretext of dropping by for a few minutes. Gotta learn to stop that. But it’s hard to find reasons to say no, I’m sorry, I know your school is underprivileged, but I would rather drink avocado smoothies and hang out with my art school mates on the lawn. The flattery helps, too. Nothing fluffs up the old ego like being needed. Look at me ma, I’m making a difference. And so it continues.

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Chimney Head

Chimney Head              ink and water colour by eleven
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chimney heads

chimney heads      ink and water colours by eleven

Talking with Kevin

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Kevin Furnas was a Western shaman from San Francisco who had been training with ayahuasca and other plant medicines for over a decade. He dieted extensively with plants at the Sachamama Ethnobotanical Gardens retreat outside Iquitos for nearly two years, receiving knowledge and wisdom from the plant doctors directly. He was an ayahuasquero and vegetalista in the Amazonian tradition, performing healing ceremonies with ayahuasca and other plants.

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'A Long List of Zeros' by Miles Allinson

For seven months I worked in London at a large art auction house. For a long time now I have been trying to write something biting, an indictment of the industry which might express my dormant rage, my hypocrisy, and which might include a few privileged insights into that world. I keep failing.

Yesterday I found this image, a work by the Turkish artist Tunc Ali Cam which reignited my desire to put down just a few things about my experience. I was reminded of the Russians, for one, who came to buy back the glittering, hideous objects Communism made illegitmate, the pre-20th century 'bling', the palace decorations. These oppulent artifacts are able to sit, in such a context, comfortably and without apparent contradiction beside the revolutionary posters and paintings they were once so directly opposed by.

Nyéléni - The World Forum for Food Sovereignty > by Joel Catchlove

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April 2007

On the dusty shores of Lake Sélingué, Mali, West Africa, amid mud brick huts and donkey carts, peasants, family farmers, fisherfolk, nomads, pastoralists, indigenous and forest peoples, rural workers, migrants and consumers from across the world laid down a challenge. From their many languages and regions emerged a global call for food sovereignty.

Still Seeking> by Rak Razam


50 years ago a New York banker’s trailblazing story of participating in a holy, age-old ritual in the mountains of Mexico with Indians who “chew strange growths that produce visions” was published, sparking off the psychedelic revolution of the 60s and a new horizon for neuroscience today

May 13, 1957, during the height of the post-war Eisenhower years, an article written by the influential banker and amateur mycologist R. Gordon Wasson, 'Seeking the Magic Mushroom', was published in Life magazine, part of the Time-Life stable. In homes across the nation, everyday Americans weathering the poles of luxury capitalist growth and communist menace were rocked by the strange article, part anthropology and part-adventure narrative, that introduced proof of a hitherto speculative practice by indigenous Mexican Indians, who "chew strange growths that produce visions". A serpent was set loose in suburbia. The chain of events Wasson’s story unleashed popularised knowledge of altered states of mind and, some say, was the first spark of what was to become the psychedelic revolution. Now, fifty years later, Westerners are still seeking the ‘magic’ mushroom, as the time-honored sacrament of Mesoamericans comes out of the fields and into the medical fold as a valuable tool in the burgeoning field of neuroscience.

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Possession'Possession' by Oliver Dunlop photographic negative and mould, 2006