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Chris writes: With the former [psychedelics], psychological (including doxastic) changes *seem* to result mainly from the drug-induced experience rather than directly from neurochemical alterations in a 'bottom-up' fashion. Some believe that these are the same thing (see Rhonda Patrick's video interview with Roland Griffiths).
Hey hey ;) I knew there was a reason why I ref'd Pete and not you... you had it covered! NB I have a paper coming out in the Journal of Education Philosophy & Theory that touches on this. Psychotropic Substances as Educational Tools.
Isn't it obvious that changes in brain chemistry correspond with changes in thought (am using my words carefully here as don't wish to assume causality)? For example, the link between psychedelic use and sympathy with Eastern philosophical thought (e.g. Buddhist traditions) has been well-documented since the 60s. With the renaissance in psychedelic research, there is still a great deal of interest in examining the effect of psychedelic therapy on political views (see for example the 2018 article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology: 'Increased nature relatedness and decreased authoritarian political views after psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression'). Peter Sjostedt-H writes some good stuff on psychotropic substances and philosophy, for example the influence of nitrous oxide use on Humphrey Davy and William James' thinking, Nietzsche and chloral hydrate, the Eleusinian mysteries, etc. Check his website at philosopher-dot-EU. With specific regard to SSRIs (standard antidepressants), they effectively raise serotonin levels, which is going to make you give a bit less of a shit about everything. You might find reading Alan Watts has a similar effect to Prozac, with none of the undesirable side effects.
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