Today I watched this clip and it really got me thinking:
I’m considering writing an article about this subject soon, so if anyone here has some thoughts to contribute, please do so.
Also as Ideapod Discussions is quite new and evolving, here’s how it works:
I’m writing this thought in #ideajournal, which is for anyone to contribute to. Anyone can then turn these discussions into articles for publication on Ideapod, which is described here: www.ideapod.com/contribute
Anyway, back to the video above. Please check it out.
One of the questions explored in this short clip is about discovering where the driver for human action comes from. The modus operandi of human life. What is directing the show. Who is the puppeteer?!!
It’s one of the biggest questions in philosophy and human existence! Here’s Chomsky’s brief thoughts, from this video above:
- When we make a decision, the neurons fire in our brain before we’re conscious of the decision
- Therefore, to answer the question we should be looking at what’s happening pre-consciously
- It would be very difficult to introspect our way to a solution to the problem of consciousness (or who’s the puppeteer!)
- We should probably engage in other methods to build up our knowledge on this question.
The key moment came around the 3 min 40 sec mark if you want to explore further.
As I was watching this video, I instantly thought people using psychedelics to explore questions such as these. Do psychedelics take us beyond the limits that come from thinking about our own thoughts. Can they move us into a different mode of introspection in a way that would provide a meaningful contribution to human knowledge about such questions…
We’ve got a few articles on psychedelics here on Ideapod, but I would love anyone who has experience exploring such questions to contribute their stories to Ideapod. It’s a new part of Ideapod where anyone can submit stories/articles for publication.
Here are the articles we have: