"We modern smart men have figured a way to have trippy experiences without puking and going into an uncomfortable jungle with this funny superstitious shamans, we are the best!"
As if doing a hit of DMT was nearly the same thing as a proper Ayahuasca ceremony done with a shaman coming from a 10.000 years lineage.
Of course it's not the same. For one thing there is a lot less bullshit involved in simply smoking DMT. Seriously though, there are a lot of factors involved but I'm sure going into the jungle to drink ayahuasca under supervision of some self-proclaimed shaman isn't the only reasonable or effective way to have your spiritual experience with DMT.
I doubt that anyone who has actually tried ayahuasca (or a similarly potent hallucinogen) both with a shaman and without would agree with you. Do you have any citations to back up this opinion?
The danger of your opinion is that it precludes research into things like drumming and chanting. Humans have been using rhythm to build a sense of community for thousands of years. Could there be something here for science? Could we learn how to help therapists and patients bond much faster?
The New Yorker wrote a good piece on the use mushrooms and hallucinogens (which are similar to ayahuasca) having the ability to improve mental illness, depression, addiction, etc. They are testing this is troopers who return from battle http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment
It doesn't sound like your definition of spirituality and my definition match at all. IMO, spirituality is understanding the significance of you, all of us, and the universe; it's empowerment of self, and understanding that we're all essentially "gods", able to change reality as long as we put our mind, and actions to it.
The shaman by him/herself won't do anything. Neither would the Ayahuasca on it's own. It's having the right combination of both (setting), and your intention (set) that leads to an amazing experience.
The funny thing is, the experience itself is not the most important thing.. it's what you do after the ceremony with your life, and how you change your lifestyle to make you happy.
Obviously, if the shaman isn't giving you the real tea, mixes stuff in, doesn't take care of you, and such, I'd call it a straight up scam.
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There's a non trivial number of these around. Politicians, students, parents, etc. are keen to build relevant skills is high demand areas. On paper that's great. In reality creating programs overnight and admitting students without the vocation because the funding and students are available is a recipe for problems. There are a lot of "IT Specialists," graphic designers and other (genuinely needed) "professionals" around that can't do anything useful.
Some didn't like it, so never got good. Some are just unsuitable talent-wise (I don't think I could have ever been more than a barely competent designer). For some it's a combination of things. Below average suitability. No motivation. Bottom rung course.
Thinking of Tertiary Schools as factories for turning people into professionals at something is problematic analogy. Often its a case of we need to do something, lets do this. The result is weird numbers. High unemployment in high vacancy professions.
Not sure. The numbers in the infographic are from Georgetown's latest study, but I cannot find a definition of what Georgetown's categories are. However, their chart makes it clear that engineering and computer science are not part of the "Information Systems" umbrella, and since this only covers Bachelors holders or greater I have to assume the category covers CIS, MIS, and similar "business technology" type degrees.