Michael Pollan

How to Change Your Mind

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Алиса Колчинаhas quoted7 days ago
The soul should always stand ajar.

—EMILY DICKINSON
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
All he would tell me is that the experience, which took place in his meditation practice, acquainted him with “something way, way beyond a material worldview that I can’t really talk to my colleagues about, because it involves metaphors or assumptions that I’m really uncomfortable with as a scientist.”
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
preaching a gospel of spiritual renewal and reconnection with nature.
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
“the feeling of co-creatureliness with all things alive should enter our consciousness more fully and counterbalance the materialistic and nonsensical technological developments in order to enable us to return to the roses, to the flowers, to nature, where we belong.”
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
Other scientists are using psychedelics in conjunction with new brain-imaging tools to explore the links between brain and mind
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
the critical influence of “set” and “setting.”
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
The Botany of Desire
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
It was a little like being shown a door in a familiar room—the room of your own mind—that you had somehow never noticed before and being told by people you trusted (
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
Several of them said they had lost their fear of death completely.
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
Specifically, the psychologist felt that LSD gave her insight into how young children perceive the world.
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
to enrich the collective imagination
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
My default perspective is that of the philosophical materialist, who believes that matter is the fundamental substance of the world and the physical laws it obeys should be able to explain everything that happens.
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
mental habit blinds us to experience
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
immersing us in the flow of a present that is literally wonderful
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
in his 1979 memoir, LSD, My Problem Child.
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted13 days ago
LSD appears to disable such conventionalized, shorthand modes of perception and, by doing so, restores a childlike immediacy, and sense of wonder, to our experience of reality, as if we were seeing everything for the first time.
Sonia Karyaevahas quoted15 days ago
They predicted that “a major civil liberties issue of the next decade will be the control and expansion of consciousness.”

“Who controls your cortex?” they wrote in their letter to the Crimson—

which is to say, to students. “Who decides on the range and limits of your awareness? If you want to research your own nervous system, expand your consciousness, who is to decide that you can’t and why?”
Sonia Karyaevahas quoted22 days ago
Schwartz, himself trained as an aerospace engineer, thinks it has to do with the fact that unlike the work of scientists, who can simplify the problems they work on, “problem solving in engineering always involves irreducible complexity. You’re always balancing complex variables you can never get perfect, so you’re desperately searching to find patterns.

LSD shows you patterns.
Sonia Karyaevahas quoted22 days ago
This is the same discomfort scientists feel about using placebos. It suggests an interesting way to think about psychedelics: as a kind of “active placebo,” to borrow a term proposed by Andrew Weil in his 1972 book, The Natural Mind. They do something, surely, but most of what that is may be self-generated. Or as Stanislav Grof put it, psychedelics are “nonspecific amplifiers” of mental processes.
Youssef El Moukhhas quoted5 months ago
ego-disintegrating trip.
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