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Revealing the Mind: The Promise of Psychedelics

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Nearly every culture throughout history has used chemicals that alter consciousness for spiritual exploration. In the 20th century these drugs caught the attention of scientists. Psychedelics, as they were named, proved effective at treating intractable illnesses like depression and addiction. And they became a tool for studying the mind, opening “the doors of perception,” as Aldous Huxley wrote. But those doors slammed shut when President Nixon declared psychedelics dangerous and medically useless. Join scientists and “psychonauts” who are now picking up where research left off 50 years ago, experimenting with LSD, psilocybin, DMT and other psychedelics to heal—and reveal—the mind.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

PARTICIPANTS: Alison Gopnik, Eduardo Kohn, Stephen Ross, Anil Seth

MODERATOR: Emily Senay

PARTICIPANTS: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com/programs/revealing-the-mind-the-promise-of-psychedelics/

0:00 – Introduction
6:05 – Panelist introductions
7:27 – What are psychedelics?
11:00 – Phenomenological effects of psychedelics
14:31 – Brain development and plasticity
17:15 – Psychedelic usage in the Amazon
19:43 – Amazonian ayahuasca ceremony
20:51 – Dissolution of the ego
22:46 – Default mode network
25:17 – Psilocybin testing on religious professionals
27:59 – The shaman’s message from the rain-forest
31:04 – Rain-forest soundscape
33:03 – Mind altering experiences without drugs
37:03 – Philosophical questions about psychedelics
42:37 – Can psychedelics restore brain plasticity?
45:16 – Measuring randomness of brain activity
51:58 – Psychedelic drugs as medicine
58:38 – Psilocybin cancer study participants film and Q&A
1:04:43 – Treating psychiatric disorders with psychedelics
1:09:23 – Micro-dosing and “freelancing” psychedelics
1:13:50 – Medical complications and medication interactions
1:18:14 – The future of psychedelics in science

– Produced by Nils Kongshaug
– Associate Produced by Emmalina Glinskis
– Short films produced / edited by Vin Liota
– Music provided by APM
– Additional images and footage provided by: Getty Images, Shutterstock, Videoblocks
– Recorded at NYU Skirball Center

This program is part of the BIG IDEAS SERIES, made possible with support from the JOHN TEMPLETON FOUNDATION.

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@RayMainBagpiper says:

Facing a lower leg amputation in a couple of weeks. I can't say how beneficial these videos are. Thanks for posting this information.

@cory7730 says:

You have to do it yourself to experience it. Just dont do too much. And try to vet the source. If you are at a concert or sometimg its 90% fake.

@kennethtaylor3147 says:

1:02:36 is that a Tiffany lamp?

@jennifermullin6258 says:

Divination and healing.
Well said ❤.

@jaywyche416 says:

Get this I'm a disabled veteran and I have chronic Anxiety and depression
I ate 1.5 grams and hour later all anxiety and mental fog was gone .
It lasted up till 5pm the next day.

@amityjohnston9532 says:

psychedelics don't have to give visions, they are about mind expanding and brain connectivity.

@amityjohnston9532 says:

cannabis is a psychedelic as well. it's a mild psychedelic.

@nicholaschapman8871 says:

I don’t think anyone should tell anyone what they can and cannot put in their body. If someone wants to use drugs to self treat then that should be their right.

@danube466 says:

she asks the right questions

@sonarbangla8711 says:

An experiment with psychedelics is one thing, while Shaman natural medicines are another, there can be other artificial drugs capable to increase focus on aspects of intelligence that has a natural tuning and on the other side this focus can be distorted and blunted in other drugs. However, there is another dimension to the functions of the brain that nature nurtures. This is connected to what I found expressed by many others as "meditative wisdom" that probably doesn't involve any drugs, but a window to another world we like to enter involuntarily. When Newton didn't eat or sleep for days when he churned out one theory after another in a state of endless creation. When Socrates discovered that an uneducated illiterate laborer's mind had all the knowledge there is to have, if only a proper faculty is switch on. 11,000 years ago another great man had his switches on and a flurry of new discoveries overwhelmed him and he discovered divine design and how god's world works and the connection between the cosmic consciousness and human and created the first religion (Sanatan:): DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU EXPECT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU; And created the first human civilization and his message brought prosperity to the Yadava tribe and was endorsed by all subsequent thinkers/prophets like Buddha, Jesys and Mohammad.


Delysid is the answer. Kid tested, Mother approved!

@cr-nd8qh says:

I had a terror trip last night bit then i broke through and focused on my breath and it was the most intense experience of my life

@cr-nd8qh says:

I wish o wasnt white. My people are disgusting. I'm sorry

@VincentMurphy-td8dz says:

Great discussion. Special kudos to the moderator. She asked all the questions I wanted answered and she kept drilling down until she got the answers. Thank you.

@wilsel1394 says:

SSRIs are like pesticides that kill the flowers along with the weeds, psilocybin helps you to like the weeds more, and makes the flowers really bloom.

@angierox6964 says:

Excellent, thank you! I’ve been microdosing psilocybin for over a year, and before I was aware that it assisted in quitting smoking tobacco, I had told a friend of mine that I had been barely smoking. My body just didn’t want them anymore. Not a placebo effect!

@michealdavid7066 says:

Psilocybin saved my life. I was addicted to heroin for 15 years and after Psilocybin treatment I will be 3 years clean in September. I have zero cravings. This is something that truly needs to be more broadly used in addiction treatment.

@PhantoRoyce says:

This is the exact reason it’s so illegal. Once you take it you’ll realize how many chains society has put on you and how easy it is to shed them. Things that you think matter actually don’t. Things that you thought didn’t matter are actually super important.

@bankimkatoch3853 says:

What is the success rate for the person who had a brief episode of psychosis but now is completely fine regarding the psychosis part but suffer from ADHD , depressive features and anxiety and anhedonia…. If someone can throw some light on this aspect

@cathy7382 says:

I never received any real inspiration from
psychedelic drugs, but when I gave my life
to Jesus my life changed for the better

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