Dr. Henrik Jungaberle
Founder, MIND Board, Executive Director henrikjungaberle.com | researchgate | google scholar
What is your motivation to contribute to MIND?
I initiated the MIND foundation in November 2016. This organisation is a collaborative project. “European” in our name is an invitation for transdisciplinary cooperation across social environments. Transdiciplinary research regarding the psychedelic experience facilitates the development of novel therapies, alleviates human suffering and triggers existential examination of all existence. I want to contribute to the emergence of safe and legal contexts in which the potentials of this experience can be created, implemented into action and in which risks can be minimalised.
Which meaning does the psychedelic experience have for an open society?
“Psychedelic” means “manifesting the interior” or “yielding something that is concealed”. Thereby, catharsis, relationships and empathy – not only with other creatures but also with nature and the self are aspects that are pronounced. When we talk about psychedelic experiences we mean an altered state of consciousness which is essentially connected to being human. Psychedelic experiences may be induced by substances like LSD, psilocybin or DMT. Non-pharmacological triggers like breath, sexual experiences and meditation are, however, much more common. These are normal elements of the empirical world and thus not imperatively irrational but sometimes transrational. The crucial potential of the psychedelic experience is making this accessible and debatable and to integrate it into our understanding of the human condition. Thereby, we can learn about the brain and the mind and about ho humans construct their social reality: How religion, identity and ideology originate. This experience may further contribute to the development of a profane spirituality in which authentic and mundane progression is prioritised. In this sense a psychedelic humanism that fits an attempt of an open pluralistic society may be fostered. It is always about rendering something from those experiences. It is not about fostering the next escapism or esoteric. The vision of MIND implies “to establish the psychedelic experience as a tool for personal and societal development”. This is necessary after the Homo oeconomicus has failed. We need new perspectives on the human condition and our co-existence in the ecosystem.
What is your vision regarding MIND?
I want to assist in creating a diverse and influential organisation that unifies social dedication and scientific professionalism. It should encourage and conduct critical research, bring together young and experienced scientists as well as engage in serious societal debates.