A scratch! But ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.
Maynard Dixon, “A Desert Valley: Panamint, California”, 1922.
Photography by Mike Olbinski (Chandler, Arizona); Friona, Texas
“Some of the things I’m about to say might not make sense,” began O.M., a 22-year-old cancer survivor. He had the far-off look in his eyes that I recognized from so many of the other study participants. They sound like travelers, struggling to describe exotic foreign lands to the people left back home. That struggle is a sign that the treatment has worked. Ineffability is one of the primary criteria that define a mystical experience.
“I was outside of my body, looking at myself,” O.M. continued, “My body was lying on a stretcher in front of a hospital. I felt an incredible anxiety—the same anxiety I had felt every day since my diagnosis. Then, like a switch went on, I went from being anxious to analyzing my anxiety from the outside. I realized that nothing was actually happening to me objectively. It was real because I let it become real. And, right when I had that thought, I saw a cloud of black smoke come out of my body and float away.”
The encounter with the black smoke was just one of many experiences that O.M. had that day. As his mind, “like a rocket,” traversed vast expanses, his body never left the comfortable and well-worn couch at the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research in Midtown Manhattan. The athletic first-year medical student is one of 32 participants in a New York University study examining the hallucinogen psilocybin as a treatment for cancer-related anxiety.
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The Persians adopted the Lydian tradition of minting coins following their conquer of Lydia in 547 BCE.
The daric was a golden coin used in the Persian Empire, which is thought to have been named after Persian king Darius I (521-486 BCE). The production of these coins continued after the death of Darius, up until Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia during the 4th century BCE. Proceeding this conquest we see the use of the double daric, an innovation of Alexander.
The shown example above is of the obverse and reverse of a double daric of Artaxerxes II, Babylonia, ca. 330–300 BCE. Photo courtesy of & currently located at the Cabinet des Médailles, France. Photo taken by Marie-Lan Nguyen via the Wiki Commons.
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