[Ibogaine] DMT thread

Douglas Fraser doug_fraser at microcinema.com
Mon Dec 29 16:09:13 EST 2008

Ideas have a way of diffusing from the scientific journals into popular 
culture and turning into "fact".  I think Strassman was the first to come 
up with this idea, and from what I remember of the book, he made it clear 
it was an idea.  But people have a way of assuming something they like  is 
"really" a fact and then the game of telephone happens


Matt Shriver wrote:
> Hi Brad
> Try this site.
> http://forums.ayahuasca.com/phpbb/index.php
> I am also curious from your last post where you mentioned Strassman's DMT as to 
> what you thought about it.  I have been reading it for the past few days and so 
> far I am a little underwhelmed.  Specifically what I am finding objectionable is 
> the way he is not very clear about what is his hypothesis and what he is 
> representing as scientifically verified factual information.  He seems to slip 
> back and forth between the two and I think it obscures the truth more than it 
> reveals it.  For example, I have heard and/or read on numerous occasions that 
> the pineal gland releases a dose of endogenous DMT at birth.  Then I find while 
> reading this book that this is only his hypothesis.  So unless this has been 
> tested and verified since he wrote the book, this is still just hypothetical and 
> yet it has been represented to me more than a couple times as truth.  There are 
> other examples exactly like this one as well.  I am all for hypothesizing but I 
> think it is important to be clear about what is hypothesis and what is not, 
> especially for a scientist.
> Matt
> Brad Hays wrote:
>> Does anybody know of a list like this one, or maybe a forum that's a good 
>> clearing house for ayahuasca information?  A bud gets to Iquitos several times 
>> a year and is always inviting me to go.  No telling when I could make it 
>> happen but I figure it's never too early to study up.  Thanks

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