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Magic Mushrooms and Brain Activity Revisited

In Chapter 2 of Why Materialism Is Baloney, I illustrate a broad pattern associating procedures that reduce brain activity with expanded consciousness. These include hyperventilation, meditation, ordeals, gravity-induced loss of consciousness, strangulation, cardiac arrest, brain damage, and even psychedelics. Indeed, a 2012 paper…

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The Caricature of Consciousness

Long after Copernicus booted humans from the center of the universe, and Darwin reduced us to another twig on the tree of evolution, scientists are finally taking aim at the last vestige of human uniqueness—our consciousness….

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