I was inspired by Michael Pollan’s new book, How to Change Your Mind, which explores the outer limits of psychedelic consciousness. We know it’s possible, by means of psychoactive chemicals, to change our minds in wonderful and fascinating ways. The question is, how far are people willing to go? How many of us are ready for transformation? And would society be willing to support our efforts?
It might help to try a thought experiment. Imagine what would be an event of world significance: a group of neuroscientists announce the discovery of a drug that transforms consciousness, offering permanent benefit to the individual and to human society at large. One treatment is all that is required, and there are no ill side-effects.