psychology

Our own perspective is the most reliable one we have access to.

Yet, we are fallible.

Anyone with a scrap of humility will admit they have biases.

And most honest folk will tell you that their biases are often self serving.

Why then do we act as though our perception of reality is objective?

All the while assuming that those who disagree with us are uninformed, misaligned or simply too blinded by their own incessant biases to see the objective truth that we see so clearly.

This phenomenon is called naïve realism.

In some way or another, we’re all guilty of this naivety because we are unable to consider the perspectives of others without first filtering them through our own ‘objective’ lens of truth.

What a responsibility it is to impose our own judgement onto the rest of the world.

Perhaps we should do so with care.

In case you missed it, psychedelic medical research in the US just got a $17m injection from private donors.

The research will centralise around psychedelic compounds such as psilocybin, which is the hallucinogenic compound found in ‘magic mushrooms’.

Researchers at the newly funded Johns Hopkins Centre for Psychedelic Research will assess the potential for psychedelic treatments for an array of medical conditions including depression, opiod addiction, anorexia and PTSD to name a few.

Previous psychadelic research conducted on volunteering cancer patients has displayed hugely promising results for these treatments. Studies have shown that high dose psylocybin experiences are able to reduce depression and anxiety and an increase in quality of life, life meaning and optimism.

The perplexing thing is that these effects seem to last for months. This sustained improvement in mindset and increase in mental plasticity has massive theraputic implications if the research concludes that the compounds are safe for clinical use. Which, with this funding, could easily occur within the next decade.

Whether you’re invested and interested in this research, or you’ve never heard of psylocybin before, this announcement panel is worth a watch.