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Consciousness and altered states
Caves all the way down

Do psychedelics give access to a universal, mystical experience of reality, or is that just a culture-bound illusion?

Jules Evans

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Neurodiversity
The autism paradox

How an autism diagnosis became both a clinical label and an identity; a stigma to be challenged and a status to be embraced

Bonnie Evans

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Mental health
Their good life

Governments are now providing free psychotherapy to their citizens. Is there a limit to state-sponsored happiness?

Jules Evans

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Consciousness and altered states
The waterworks

Tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears of incontinence or of ecstasy. Crying must mean something – but what?

Thomas Dixon