[Noisebridge-discuss] PsychedelicSF

Alan Rockefeller alanrockefeller at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 16:17:22 PST 2012


> You're not talking about tweaking the mind though.

Psychedelic drugs are one of the most powerful ways to temporarily change
how the mind works.

Ayahuasca in particular has fascinating effects in this regard.   Not only
does it powerfully tweak the mind in the short term, many people believe
that when used properly, it positively affects a persons life in the long
term.

> What is psychedelics good for?

1) They cause the mind to think differently, sometimes leading to creative
insights that would not have happened without them.
2) Recent studies at John Hopkins university have shown that psilocybin
causes long term positive personality changes.  No other drug has ever been
found to have that effect in a clinical study.
3) Psychedelics are essentially like loading a hacked firmware into the
human brain for several hours, resulting in interesting effects and
unconventional thought processes.

> What is the discussion of psychedelics good for?

Learning about different points of view, sharing ideas, meeting interesting
people.
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