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Consciousness & Altered States


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Essay/Consciousness & Altered States
Model hallucinations

Psychedelics have a remarkable capacity to violate our ideas about ourselves. Is that why they make people better?

Philip Gerrans & Chris Letheby

Essay/Values & Beliefs
Dissolving the ego

You don’t need drugs or a church for an ecstatic experience that helps transcend the self and connect to something bigger

Jules Evans

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States
The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures

Karl Friston

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States
What lurks beneath

The grand drama of Freud’s ideas has obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious

Antonio Melechi

Essay/History
Drugs du jour

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times

Cody Delistraty

Essay/Biology
The minds of other animals

Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?

Antone Martinho

Essay/Mental Health
The lizard inside

Like a reptile lodged within me, paranoia hatches unbelievable conspiracies that my mind embraces with stunning naivety

Roberta Payne

Essay/Neuroscience
Mesmerising

Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis

Erik Vance

Essay/Neuroscience
The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth

Essay/Neuroscience
The open mind

The most vivid part of the mind bubbles up through sensation and new experience when unencumbered by analytical thought

Daniel J Siegel

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Conscious exotica

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?

Murray Shanahan

Essay/Mood & Emotion
A theory of creepiness

A bear chasing you is simply scary but a guy with a big mouse’s head can give you the creeps. What’s the difference?

David Livingstone Smith