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Episode 7: La-La Land

Released Wednesday, 8th May 2019
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When people take certain types of psychedelic drugs, they enter into a mystical state characterized by a depersonalized fusion with a divine light. Proponents of psychedelic use claim that such states (which are also at the heart of many Eastern religious practices) are ultimately good for humanity and society. In addition, some scientists claim that mystical states, when induced by psychedelics, can have curative effects (e.g., reducing anxiety and depression). In this episode we deconstruct the psychedelic mystical experience and analyze the popular claim that such experiences are beneficial.
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