Covered at Mind Matters News. One Oxford researcher offers a disturbing premise, “What if a pill can change your politics or religious beliefs?” Other researchers say no, not so fast:
Citing three studies, Jacobs argues that the relationship between magic mushrooms and liberal values is “causal,” meaning that the hallucinogen literally causes liberal values …
Readers who remain skeptical may wonder how religious and political values— so often rooted in decades of history, family history, and personal experience—could really be overturned by a mere trip.
Some researchers have wondered about that too. In a response op-ed, Johns Hopkins psychedelic researchers Matthew W. Johnson and David B. Yaden replied to Jacobs, “there is no evidence that people change political or religious affiliations from psychedelic treatments, and current evidence for other kinds of belief changes is weak.”
They address the three studies Jacobs cites…News, “Can a pill change your mind about basic issues in life?” at Mind Matters News
What follows is an academic demolition derby.
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