May 19, 2018 at 6:04 pm #19944
This seemed worth sharing.
If anyone’s hears the interview, I’d be curious of your opinions.
Fresh Air for May 15, 2018: Michael Pollan On The ‘New Science’ Of Psychedelics
www npr org/programs/fresh-air
Heck of an interesting interview.
There’s also an added 40 minutes, that didn’t fit into the show.
On how psychedelics can help change the stories we tell about ourselves
The drugs foster new perspectives on old problems. One of the things our mind does is tell stories about ourselves. If you’re depressed, you’re being told a story perhaps that you’re worthless, that no one could possibly love you, you’re not worthy of love, that life will not get better. And these stories — which are enforced by our egos really — trap us in these ruminative loops that are very hard to get out of. They’re very destructive patterns of thought.
What the drugs appear to do is disable for a period of time the part of the brain where the self talks to itself. It’s called the default mode network, and it’s a group of structures that connect parts of the cortex — the evolutionarily most recent part of the brain — to deeper levels where emotion and memory reside. …May 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm #240527
One thing leads to another. Quite the surprising twist to AA.
Author reveals Bill Wilson’s acid theory, but his experiments upset other Alcoholics Anonymous members
Amelia Hill – August 23, 1012
The discovery that Wilson considered using the drug as an aid to recovery for addicts was made by Don Lattin, author of a book to be published in October by the University of California Press, entitled Distilled Spirits.
Lattin found letters and documents revealing that Wilson at first struggled with the idea that one drug could be used to overcome addiction to another. LSD, which was first synthesised in 1938, is a non-addictive drug that alters thought processes and can inspire spiritual experiences. Wilson thought initially the substance could help others understand the alcohol-induced hallucinations experienced by addicts, and that it might terrify drinkers into changing their ways.
But after his first acid trip, at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Los Angeles on 29 August 1956, Wilson began to believe it was insight, not terror, that could help alcoholics recover.
LSD, by mimicking insanity, could help alcoholics achieve a central tenet of the Twelve Step programme proposed by AA, he believed. It was a matter of finding “a power greater than ourselves” that “could restore us to sanity”. He warned: “I don’t believe [LSD] has any miraculous property of transforming spiritually and emotionally sick people into healthy ones overnight. It can set up a shining goal on the positive side, after all it is only a temporary ego-reducer.”
But Wilson added: “The vision and insights given by LSD could create a large incentive – at least in a considerable number of people.”
His words were found in a late 50s letter to Father Ed Dowling, a Catholic priest and member of an experimental group he had formed in New York to explore the spiritual potential of LSD. …
AlsoMay 24, 2018 at 11:04 pm #240571
I’d recommend checking out the writings and history of Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert). He was one of the two academics spearheading the LSD research at Harvard in the 1960s. After that, he followed a spiritual path and reflects on his experiences with psychedelic substances and advanced meditation.August 17, 2018 at 9:12 am #294581
I’ll check that out CC. I did hear the Sam Harris interview with him, which was excellent. Maybe more revealing than the more mainstream NPR?
He covers this, and I think it’s important, for these drugs to work as psychological healers, you need someone who is with you and understands what you’re going through. Just taking one and going outside to see what happens could result in something worse than you already have.
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