Friday, May 20, 2016

Psilocybin and Depression

Increasing evidence from trials with psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca indicate psychedelics may be useful in treating depression.  A recent study showed "marked" results in patients with a background of moderate to severe depression that had not responded to traditional methods.

Also: an editorial on Psychedelics Can Treat Depression: Why Outlawing Psychedelics is the Worst Censorship of Medicine in Human History.

Friday, May 6, 2016

you’re a mindless robot with no free will

More evidence that you’re a mindless robot with no free will.
"The results of two Yale University psychology experiments suggest that what we believe to be a conscious choice may actually be constructed, or confabulated, unconsciously after we act — to rationalize our decisions. A trick of the mind."

Slides for talk on Psilocybin and the Brain

PPT slides for talk on Psilocybin and the Brain, covering effects, etc.  From a local meetup group presentation.

Mindfulness beats Depression

"the new study – the largest-ever analysis of research on the subject - found mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) helped people just as much as commonly prescribed anti-depressant drugs and that there was no evidence of any harmful effects."