Pharmacologically, there isn’t a whole lot to say about these tryptamines. They interact with the serotonin receptors. We can see novel brain activity in loaded subjects. The meat and potatoes of coming to grips with these things is in doing them and asking others what they think of their experiences- especially in those cases where their use is a long established cultural tradition. Amazonian societies have told anthropologists that their entire lexicon comes from ayahuasca. There is no way for science as we’re comfortable with practicing it to come to terms with these peoples’ realities.
uziq wrote:i am not ungrateful to science in any way. science is interesting. i chose a different fork in the path at the point in my life when one has to specialize, but i've never dismissed science. i just don't think scientists or engineers are the single-best equipped humans in the universe to solve all of our problems.
too many people fall into a religious frame of mind in their reverence for science.
sup mind will also be able to tell you that a huge amount of knowledge w/r/t drug experiences is anthropological, more than scientific. only in the last 10-15 years have we really started to objectively probe half of these substances. for most of the modern era they were blacklisted and out-of-bounds due to the war on drugs. before that, thousands if not tens of thousands of years of ritual and recreational use.
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