Submitted by wellymon on Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:28
A very interesting read IMO.
Have a go!
Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .
Saw that earlier, some one in the comments mentioned being destroyed by the sheer beauty if nature while in the US pacific NW forests, while tripping. I get that.
happy bicyle day fellow psychonauts.
Wellymon, you might be interested in Aldous Huxley's 'Doors of Perception', experimenting with mescaline.
One of the interesting things about the brain is not just what it picks up from the external environment, but what it filters out, which is much the greater. LSD and other tripping, and the 'sense of oneness' that is commonly referenced, suggest that possibly our brains are doing the absolute least that they are capable of, and with a little chemical help can unlock vastly enhanced capabilities.
Our current conservative approach to drugs generally, borne of a largely christian desire to self-discipline and sucking it up rather than playing with a little bit of fire every now and then, means that there is almost no public research into 'thought/brain enhancement through drugs'. It could well be the future of mankind that many professions will have regular chemical enhancers for problem solving jobs, creative pursuits and much more.
I'd like my politicians to be on psychedelics. Fark knows, it couldn't lead to worse outcomes.
Do a google on DMT (dimethyltriptamine) and you will read some freaky shit there. We have absolutely no perspective to say whether the stuff going down in trips is false or reality, our current 'reality' is completely moderated by drugs, just self-created ones.
This is wonderful.
I believe that as we age the brain constrains its neural pathways in order to become highly efficient at tasks we undertake. some of those tasks are inherent needs related to our survival and other are tasks related to education as part of living in a society/controlled environment. we block a lot of stuff out because its irrelevant to achieving those tasks in the most efficient manner. in a way similar to what happens with your physical body whereby you get really efficient at things you do often, sometimes even at the expense/detriment of other physical movements. adaption constrains flexibility and thereby potential loss of opportunity.
used for the right reasons drugs are good. we use drugs everyday to treat illness. deciphering what beneficial and what is harmful is the tricky part and where controlled use is important.
I don't have any philosophical problem with drugs and agree that they can help actually improve mental health in the right circumstances but there are two huge issues that need to be taken seriously. The first is the uncertainty about the nature of the substance being consumed. The option of pharmaceutical grade substances is only rarely available and anything obtained illegally has to be suspect as to its actual composition. The second is the environment in which the substance is consumed. Numerous people have thoroughly dissolved their egos by accidentally killing themselves while on hallucinogens. Combine these two factors and you have reason to be extremely cautious in your psychedelic adventures.