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DAMASCUS ROOF AND TALES OF PARADISE سقف دمشق و حكايات الجنة from Soudade Kaadan on Vimeo.

Year of production 2010

In Syria, there’s a rich tradition of storytelling, fables passed from grandparents to grandchildren.
Within the old city of Damascus, as modernization changes the familiar landscape of the ancient town, so the danger that these stories, cherished and passed down through generations, will vanish amidst the rubble and disruption of the new city taking shape…

- Winner of MUHR ARAB DOCUMENTARY/ the second prize in Dubai Film Festival 2010- UAE
- Winner of TRT International Documentary Film Award- Special prize from ministry of culture and Arts. Turkey 2011
- Winner of “Mediterranean Art, Heritage and Culture” prize at The PriMed, International Festival for Mediterranean Documentary and Current Affair film-PRIMED-FRANCE

"I was fascinated to see similarities between the pattern of brain activity in a psychedelic state and the pattern of brain activity during dream sleep, especially as both involve the primitive areas of the brain linked to emotions and memory. People often describe taking psilocybin as producing a dreamlike state and our findings have, for the first time, provided a physical representation for the experience in the brain." Learning about the mechanisms that underlie what happens under the influence of psychedelic drugs can also help to understand their possible uses. We are currently studying the effect of LSD on creative thinking and we will also be looking at the possibility that psilocybin may help alleviate symptoms of depression by allowing patients to change their rigidly pessimistic patterns of thinking. Psychedelics were used for therapeutic purposes in the 1950’s and 1960’s but now we are finally beginning to understand their action in the brain and how this can inform how to put them to good use.

For the first time, researchers computed the level of entropy for different networks in the brain during the psychedelic state. This revealed a remarkable increase in entropy in the more primitive network, indicating there was an increased number of patterns of activity that were possible under the influence of psilocybin. It seemed the volunteers had a much larger range of potential brain states that were available to them, which may be the biophysical counterpart of ‘mind expansion’ reported by users of.



(…) We have identified transcription factors, which purified neural and oligodendrocyte progenitors, capable of regulating oligodendrocyte progenitor fate and establish that among these, only SOX10 was capable of comprehensively inducing oligodendrocyte fate both in vitro and following transplantation into a model of human leukodystrophy. Thus, viral and pharmacologic approaches to increasing SOX10 expression likely will improve the outcome of human transplant therapy.

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