Taming our world: How uncertainty, beliefs and psychedelics can create and destroy depression

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Retrofitting psychedelic mechanisms

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Notion 1: We are statistical machines

Our whole knowledge of the world is, in one sense, self-knowledge. For knowing is a translation of external events into bodily processes, and especially into states of the nervous system and the brain: we know the world in terms of the body, and in accordance with its structure.

Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Notion 2: The ego is one of our highest beliefs about the world

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Notion 3: The psychedelic experience realigns your internal beliefs with reality

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Notion 4: Psychedelics can unlock repressed memories

Notion 5: Uncertain and ambiguous traumatic events are the most psychologically scarring

Notion 6: The relaxation of higher beliefs and a focus on lower sensory input is akin to dissolving the ego and focusing on the current moment

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Notion 7: Pathological higher beliefs about the world may characterise a whole host of mental illnesses

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Extrapolating the model to our everyday

Stories are the cognitive tools we have evolved in order to understand and interact with the world. We dream in stories and out inner voice provides the narrative to our waking hours, making sense of the world through stories in which we are the heroines, history is our warm-up act and the rest of the universe is the backdrop to our lives. Many of us understand our lives as ‘a journey’ with our purpose being a destination’, and we may be ‘lost’ or ‘at a crossroads’ in our lives. Storytelling is a universal human trait. It emerges spontaneously in childhood, and exists in all cultures. We tell stories before we can talk, using mime or gestures…Storytelling attaches emotions to events and, in part because of this, it makes stories memorable.

Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time, Gaia Vince

A scientific re-evaluation of humans: health, history and happiness.

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