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What psychedelic research can and cannot tell us about consciousness

Our study, like all other studies that explore relations between experiential states and brain states (whether about psychedelics or not), is entirely irrelevant to this metaphysical question [about materialism].

…by misrepresenting the explanatory reach of our findings in order to motivate metaphysical discussions irrelevant to our study, they risk undermining the hard-won legitimacy of a neuroscience of consciousness. Empirical consciousness science, based firmly on materialistic assumptions, is doing just fine. And unlike alternative perspectives that place themselves “beyond physicalism,” it will continue to shed light on one of our deepest mysteries through rigorous application of the scientific method.

Original Article (Scientific American):
What Psychedelic Research Can and Cannot Tell Us about Consciousness
Artwork Fair Use: SuSanA Secretariat

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