How psychedelics help you "die before you die"

The heart of the religious ritual is mysticism, argues Brian Muraresku in "The Immortality Key."

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  • The concept of "dying before you die" lies at the heart of religious tradition, argues Brian Muraresku.
  • This secret ritual connects the Eleusinian Mysteries with the origins of Christianity.
  • In "The Immortality Key," Muraresku speculates that psychedelic wine could have been the original Christian Eucharist.
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Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In "The Immortality Key," Brian Muraresku speculates that the Eucharist could have once been more colorful.

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  • In his new book, Brian Muraresku speculates that the Christian Eucharist could be rooted in the Eleusinian Mysteries.
  • The wine and wafer of the modern ritual might have started off with a far more potent beverage.
  • In this interview with Big Think, Muraresku discusses "dying before dying" and the demonization of women by the Church.
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    Researchers use CT scans to digitally peek at ancient Egyptian mummies

    All the fun of opening up a mummy, without the fear of unleashing a plague.

    Zesch et al., PLOS One, 2020
    • Three long dead Egyptians recently had their CT images taken.
    • The scans revealed what was, and was not, done during their mummification.
    • The finds shed more light on how the Egyptians were inspired by the Greeks and Romans.
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    When Christmas was cancelled: a lesson from history

    Christmas was banned in 1647 and rebellions broke out across the country.

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    The prospect of a Christmas without large-scale celebrations is preying on minds.
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    Does it matter if there was a historical Jesus?

    The message matters more than the man.

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    • Early Christianity was a synthesis of Jewish and Greek ideas and rituals, though it's often presented as brand new.
    • Jesus's teachings can predominantly be traced back to earlier apocalyptic Judaism.
    • An important question persists: Is it the man or the message that really matters to modern Christians?
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