Hi, to what extent do you think that the difference between those who emerge from psychedelic-induced clay state positively (eg with a workable reality-based error reducing meta model of the epistemic space) rather than negatively (eg with a reality-clashing meta model of error maximising beliefs) depends on the ability to continue to pay attention to mental processes as they occur rather than being lost in experience? And how does attentional capacity relate to dosing of psychedelics?

I am not a believer in consciousness as a mystical property of the mind or universe. I think it must be a representational model or connected series of models so am persuaded more by Graziano’s perspective than any spiritual or pan-psychic perspective. On that basis, I prefer to think that ‘expanding’ consciousness is something like altering our attention schema to allow dream-like states that the mind is capable of compiling (the opposite of ordinary, boring, Zen-like awakening to the here and now) to be be given more weight through attention itself. Could it be in part that unconscious attention = negative, conscious attention = positive?

I very much look forward to reading your future findings!



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