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Comment My experience (Score 5, Interesting) 288

Personally I had a very profound experience on LSD. I became aware of the illusion that we have a unified consciousness. It started out when I noticed my right hand was moving of its own accord, and I had to "consciously" make it stop. I have this happen on mushrooms as well, but the experience became deeper when I become actually become aware myself as split left/right into two entities. I remember just sitting their slack jawed and told my wife "I think I'm experiencing something profound right now". It was a totally novel experience I can't even adequately describe or even really remember what it was *actually* like. It proceeded like this for a while and I eventually reached some sort of state where I somehow "knew" how consciousness arises from matter, I remember saying something like "this is what this is?" then I feel as if I was "breaking through" back into reality and my consciousness unified and the trip was over just like that. It was amazing, I can't wait to experience it again knowing what to expect, I was kind of caught completely unawares the first time. I'd actually like to record what I say the next time. I immediately started reading all I could about the psychedelic experience, ego death, etc.

As long as you're in the right frame of mind and surroundings (set and setting) psychedelics are some of the safest drugs imaginable. I'd rather be around someone on LSD or mushrooms than alcohol any day. Like literally anything else, idiots that don't know what they're doing can hurt themselves or others if they don't do it properly.

There's always the possibility my experience was just some sort of delusion I suppose. I really believe it does offer some insight into the nature of consciousness, something I've always been utterly fascinated by. It's doing something at the lowest level of neural pathways. It's just something you have to experience first hand otherwise you just have no room to say anything about it. The hard problem of consciousness seems like an even more intractable issue than the fundamental problems of physics. How something like consciousness can emerge from matter.

Comment Re:It's just smart business. (Score 2) 396

Listen I fucking hate Trump as much as the next decent person, but this has nothing to do with Trump. Honestly there's absolutely no reason this shouldn't be a good thing, i.e. automation removing the need for humans to work, except for the fact people are so stuck in their ways of outmoded ways of thinking they can't see beyond a society and economic system where everyone has to work just to live.

Comment Re: Too long was always my gripe (Score 1) 138

I meant dumbasses in the sense of not using these kinds of drugs in a responsible manner and then freaking out, dying or whatever giving more fuel to the anti drug crowd. I personally would never allow myself to be under the influence of anything in public or in an environment I was not comfortable in or I had to be responsible for anyone but myself.

Comment Re: People who use elicit drugs... (Score 4, Insightful) 138

Well no shit dumbass, so can "licit" drugs like alcohol, the legality of the substance has no bearing on the issue. If I want to take mushrooms or LSD in the comfort of my own home in a controlled setting (look up set and setting) and have a great time that's my business. Heck I don't even drink and really drunk people are the ones that disgust me.

Comment Re: Too long was always my gripe (Score 4, Insightful) 138

Yeah mushrooms are preferable for just a nice time. LSD for profound mind altering experiences that you need to plan a whole block of time for, at least it was for me. I never understand these people that have bad trips or see things that aren't there (as opposed to just simple visual effects) It really is all about set and setting as they say (and making sure you know exactly what your ingesting). You can absolutely take these drugs responsibly, like everything else it's the dumbasses that ruin it for everybody.

Comment Re: Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

Let's get Godwin's law right out of the way. Hitler was also technically democratically elected so deserved support from the German people right?

Yep politicians should automatically get our respect because they got elevated no matter how demonstrably fucking awful they are. The great thing about an actual free democracy is I don't have to automatically give out leaders the slightest bit of fucking respect and can call them out for being pieces of shit.

Also he received 2 million fewer votes than his opponent ,but the Electoral College blah blah blah for some reason better etc etc.

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