Data mining Erowid to study drugs

Erowid has thousands of reviews of 100s of different drugs. So it should be possible to easily scrape these reports, and then use various text analysis methods on them to do things like: Clustering of drugs by similarity of experiences These should replicate the pharmacological descriptions, e.g deliriants should cluster together Ratings of overall pleasantness…

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Paper: Mystical Experiences Occasioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin Lead to Increases in the Personality Domain of Openness (Katherine A MacLean, Matthew W Johnson, and Roland R Griffiths)

Mystical Experiences Occasioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin Lead to Increases in the Personality Domain of Openness Abstract A large body of evidence, including longitudinal analyses of personality change, suggests that core personality traits are predominantly stable after age 30. To our knowledge, no study has demonstrated changes in personality in healthy adults after an experimentally…

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Moron of the day: Jacqui Dean

Wikipedia on Jacqui Dean. “Jacqueline Isobel (Jacqui) Dean (born 13 May 1957 in Palmerston North) is a New Zealand politician and the current Member of Parliament for the Waitaki electorate.” (skip) “Party pills Jacqui Dean campaigned for the banning of the sale of “party pills”, namely Benzylpiperazine (BZP), over which Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton…

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