Dr. Henrik Jungaberle

Founder, MIND Board Member, and chief executive
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What is your motivation to contribute to MIND?

I initiated the MIND foundation in November 2016. Thi 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.

Maximilian von Heyden

Founder
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What is your motivation in contributing to MIND?

I want to contribute to the unbiased, critical and literal approach of the discussion raised by MIND. Thereby, I am motivated by a humanistic and progressive ideal.

Where should psychedelic science be in 10 years?

It is less euphoric and more established. Psychedelic science as a genuine scientific discipline will, however, not exist in one decade. Instead, research inspired by this complex subject of interest should be found and established in all scientific fields. Transdisciplinarity should further represent a part of this  emerging area of science.

What is the main challenge for an organisation like MIND?

In my opinion, the main challenge is the appropriate tackling of the complexity of the field. Antagonistic positions have to be brought to discourse, myths have to be debunked and, if necessary, critical positions towards, for instance, unethical conduct have to be taken up.

Dr. med. Andrea Jungaberle

(Zeuch)

Founder, MIND Board Member, coordination Ethics Committee
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What is your motivation to contribute to MIND?It is time for a change in perspective in dealing with psychedelics and altered states of consciousness. I want to actively contribute in rethinking and questioning the possibilities and dangers in a critical and scientific manner.Where should psychedelic science be in 10 years?The investigation of psychedelics should be normalised in science according to the real potentials and dangers of the substances.What is the main challenge for an organisation like MIND?In a field with varying tendencies and ideas it is about finding an integer and rational way of acting and thinking without drifting off into lobbyism or esoteric. A novel access to the psychedelic experience has to be founded on ethical thinking and critical analysis.