ego – Psychedelic Frontier make the most of your dose Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:42:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48719013 Control Freaks: America and its Uncontrolled Substances Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:38:36 +0000 Control Freaks: America and its Uncontrolled Substances

I’ve analyzed the psychology of Prohibition before, concluding that the War on Drugs is a deceit maintained by the national ego. In this article I take a deeper look at how the desire for control affects our laws and language. This is a prelude to my six-part essay on language called Reclaiming the Prohibition Debate.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.  


Humans like to feel in control. This is not always a bad thing, but it becomes problematic when we are so obsessed with the illusion of control that we forego the real thing.

The war on drugs is a lost war, and worse, a sham intended to placate us. This desperate bid to maintain the appearance of law and order does not benefit us; it benefits the prison-industrial complex (now a lucrative private business, about as anti-humanitarian as a business can get), police departments (who use the War on Drugs to seize property and justify their bloated budgets), pharmaceutical companies (who oppose public access to cheap, effective, and un-patentable chemicals), and of course drug cartels.

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A Treatise on Psychedelics Part 3/3: The Implications Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:40:53 +0000 A Treatise on Psychedelics Part 3/3: The Implications

This guest post by Martijn Schirp continues from Part 1 and Part 2, discussing the Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research that he attended. It was originally published on

What are the larger implications of the mystical experience? One aspect of the mystical experience is what psychology calls “ego death.” If we anchor our worldview on the self and constantly think self-oriented thoughts, we are blinded to our interconnection with everything around us. This privatized perspective is utterly destructive to everything alien to it. Psychedelics can “kill” the ego responsible for this self-oriented perspective, opening us up to a greater, more boundless reality.

Some thinkers, beginning with Vernadsky and Teilhard de Chardin, have conceived of  a “noösphere”–the thinking stratum, the effect of consciousness on the physical world. It’s comparable to the biosphere, a living stratum consisting of all ecosystems. The biosphere emerges from the geosphere, or the collection of all matter; the noosphere, in turn, emerges from the interactions of minds in the biosphere.

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Ego, Fear, and the War on Drug Users Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:48:34 +0000 Ego, Fear, and the War on Drug Users

“Over one’s mind and over one’s body, the individual is sovereign.”

—John Stuart Mill

From the point of view of psychedelic enthusiasts, the prohibitionist stance is farcically weak. The moral imperative could not be more obvious: stop jailing non-violent consciousness explorers and give us back our tax dollars.

But let’s consider how we got here to begin with. I don’t want to talk about Nixon and the Controlled Substance Act, or the DEA, or how America has exported its neurotic drug policy to the rest of the world. I won’t even present data revealing how ineffective and dehumanizing the War on Some Drug Users really is. That’s all been covered before.

Today, I want to examine the psychology of a culture that gives lip service to human rights, yet imprisons people for experiencing unsanctioned forms of consciousness. Why would we cage our brothers and sisters this way?

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