Consciousness and psychedelics
Interviewed by Martin Fortier & Raphaël Millière
default mode network, ego-dissolution, entropic brain hypothesis, neuroscience of consciousness, psychedelics
In this interview, Robin Carhart-Harris discusses empirical and theoretical issues related to the current renaissance of scientific research on states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs. In particular, he talks about the limitations of neuroimaging techniques to measure the effects of psychedelic drugs on the human brain, the reliability of self-report questionnaires to assess the subjective effects of psychedelic drugs, the nature of the phenomenon known as drug-induced ego-dissolution, the role of the default mode network, the scientific credibility of recent attempts to bring insights from psychoanalysis into neuroscience research, and the entropic brain hypothesis.