Making Sense — Michael Pollan

On: Freedom from the KnownEpisode: 127 Date: May 2018 Key Subjects: Author of “How to Change Your Mind”.Largely a discussion around the key topics of Pollan’s book:The resurgence of interest in psychedelics, psychedelic therapy and related research.Therapeutic benefits of psychedelics

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Making Sense — Roland Griffiths

On:Psychedelic Science Episode: 177 Date: December 2019 Key Subjects: Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Discussion of current state of therapeutic and neuro-scientific research into psychedelics.Covers the history and workings of

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The Drive with Peter Attia — Rick Doblin

On: The creation, scheduling, toxicity, therapeutic use, and changing public opinion of what is possibly the single most important synthetic molecule ever created by our species Episode: 65 Date: August 2019 Key Subjects:Founder and executive director of MAPSThe history of

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A Deep-Dream Virtual Reality Platform for Studying Altered Perceptual Phenomenology

By: Keisuke Suzuki, Warrick Roseboom, David J. Schwartzman & Anil K. Seth In: Nature, Scientific Reports, 7 Date: 22 November 2017 Key Concepts: Altered states of consciousness (ASC): Qualitative alteration in the overall pattern of mental functioning. The experiencer feels

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Model hallucinations

By: Philip Gerrans and Chris Letheby In: Aeon Date: 2018 Key Concepts: Psychedelics: Induce an altered state of consciousness known as ‘ego dissolution’. Sensations of self-transcendence. A feeling in which the mind is put in touch more directly and intensely

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Characterization and prediction of acute and sustained response to psychedelic psilocybin in a mindfulness group retreat

By: Lukasz Smigielski, Michael Kometer, Milan Scheidegger, Rainer Krähenmann, Theo Huber & Franz X. Vollenweider In: Nature, Scientific Reports, 9 Date: 24 October 2019 Key Concepts: Meditation and psilocybin can promote a spectrum of altered states of consciousness Psilocybin: Can

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REBUS and the Anarchic Brain

Toward a Unified Model of the Brain Action of Psychedelics By: R. L. Carhart-Harris and K. J. Friston In: Pharmacological Reviews Date: July 2019 Key Takeaways: Brains make models to reduce uncertainty: guess, test and revise. Guess: best-guess statistical approximations

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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence By: Michael Pollan Published: 2018 Read: 2019 Summary: Over the past two decades, science has renewed its interest in the potential benefits of “psychedelic therapy”

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FoundMyFitness — Roland Griffiths

On: Psilocybin, Psychedelic Therapies & Mystical Experiences Episode: N/A Date: January 2017 Key Subjects: Common experiences in usage of psilocybin:Beneficial impact lasts for reasonably long period after usage.During usage: sense of interconnectedness, authenticity / truth value.Psilocybin can act as anti-depressant

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