Summary: “On psychedelics such as psilocybin, DMT, and LSD, the network ‘switches off’. And research from fMRI scans has shown that this ‘switching off’ tends to correlate with mystical experiences,” explains author Annie Lennon of Psychology Today while referencing neuroscience research into the effects that psychedelics have on the default mode network. The article explores a philosophical debate regarding the “reality” of psychedelic worlds visited while in an expanded state of consciousness. “Whether or not these experiences are ‘real’ or not is not overly important. For me, the issue is more: are they useful or not?,” explains MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., in regards to mystical experiences produced by psychedelics.
Originally appearing here.