I support MIND, because we need to institutionalize a well-informed educational, ethical, political, medical, spiritual, and scientific ‹culture of consciousness› (‹Bewusstseinskultur› acc. to T. Metzinger); a progressive culture that sufficiently differentiates the subtle plurality of harmful, and desirable states of consciousness beyond questionable classifications of pharmacological as ‹bad›, and non-pharmacological as non-harmful technologies of consciousness. The crucial question is: What is a ‹good› state of consciousness, and which states (independent of the methods of induction) are we willing to integrate into our culture?
I support Psychedelic science, because the conceptual, and empirical study of etiology-independent disruptions of subpersonal processes underlying the phenomenal self (i.e. ego dissolution) fosters our phenomenological, psychological, and ontological knowledge and understanding of (self-)consciousness, its capacities, its pathologies, and its subjectivity. Sound Psychedelic science should be informed by Philosophy of mind, and Cognitive sciences – and vice versa. My fundamental question is: What is the epistemological value of psychedelic ego dissolution or rather mine-ness loss for understanding selfhood and the subjectivity of consciousness?