This seemed worth sharing.
If anyone’s hears the interview, I’d be curious of your opinions.
Fresh Air for May 15, 2018: Michael Pollan On The ‘New Science’ Of Psychedelics
www npr org/programs/fresh-air
Heck of an interesting interview.
There’s also an added 40 minutes, that didn’t fit into the show.
On how psychedelics can help change the stories we tell about ourselves
The drugs foster new perspectives on old problems. One of the things our mind does is tell stories about ourselves. If you’re depressed, you’re being told a story perhaps that you’re worthless, that no one could possibly love you, you’re not worthy of love, that life will not get better. And these stories — which are enforced by our egos really — trap us in these ruminative loops that are very hard to get out of. They’re very destructive patterns of thought.
What the drugs appear to do is disable for a period of time the part of the brain where the self talks to itself. It’s called the default mode network, and it’s a group of structures that connect parts of the cortex — the evolutionarily most recent part of the brain — to deeper levels where emotion and memory reside. ...