Threshold Academy Presents: BDSM and altered states of consciousness: a view from neuroscience “ Presented by CompassionSadist”

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When:
March 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2016-03-12T17:00:00-08:00
2016-03-12T19:00:00-08:00
Where:
Threshold Clubhouse
11300 Hartland St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
USA
Cost:
$5 for member; $10 for non-member

Sub space, endorphin rush, adrenaline rush, sub drop… We all have heard of these weird states that happen during BDSM scenes or afterwards. Maybe we have also heard all kinds of scientific explanations about how they happen or how we can make them happen. In this talk I will draw from my 20-year experience doing pain research as a neuroscientist to explore the truth and the myth in these scientific explanations. But science can be dry and boring, so I will invite you to go deeper into these questions. What are altered states of consciousness? Why do we want to have them? Are they always good? Is there something particularly valuable in the altered states of consciousness that we get in BDSM scenes? Wouldn’t it be just easier to take drugs? What do we really want out of the BDSM scene, anyway?
We come to the BDSM scene motivated by our deep, unexplained desires to dominate, to submit, to mix sex and violence, to give or receive pain. But some of us eventually move past the stage where we only seek to have fun and satisfy our desires and begin to realize the enormous potential of BDSM for self-discovery and self-transformation. It becomes, if you want, a spiritual quest. Then, the altered states of consciousness that we achieve in some scenes become stepping stones in our journey in search of meaning. Based on my experience practicing Zen Buddhism and Yoga, I will show you different forms of meditation and try to find a link between meditation and the experiences that we have in the scene.
Juan Carlos CompassionSadist on FetLife has been has been involved in BDSM for over 30 years, being a member of Threshold for 23 of those years. He is Associate Professor at UCLA, were he does scientific research on pain neurophysiology, studying among other things the endorphin and adrenaline circuits in the brain.