Sunday, March 11, 2012

Philosophy Wire: LSD, potential, fears…

cat-drawing-by-person-with-schizophreniaPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-03-11]: One dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD could help alcoholics give up drinking, according to scientists who analyzed researches conducted back in the 1960’s [source: BBC News]. LSD is a class A drug in the UK and is one of the most powerful hallucinogens ever identified. It appears to work by blocking a chemical in the brain, serotonin, which controls functions including perception and behaviour. Many philosophers think that the brain actually acts as a BARRIER, thus filtering perception and limiting our perception of reality as it is. But modern “politically correct” science cannot go to such places…

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