Understanding the nature, and veracity, of psychedelic insights will be crucial if these drugs are to be taken by more and more people, especially those who will seek them out to have insights that better their mental health and well-being. Luckily, insights, or "Aha moments," have been studied by psychologists outside of psychedelic research for decades. Insights have been found to be unique cognitive phenomena that are often associated with correct solutions to problems, but within insight research, there’s also been recent work on false insights: insights that feel real, but are objectively incorrect. False insights can be induced in the lab through some simple tricks, and feelings of insight can spill over in how people regard other worldviews and facts—making untrue facts or extreme beliefs seem more true, a subject highly relevant to psychedelics. The feeling of insight does not guarantee that an insight is correct. Certainly not all psychedelic insights will be false, but recognizing that they probably won’t all be true either, despite how they feel, makes room for problematic insights to be tested, and not simply accepted as untouchable truth.
What's mistake but a kind of take?
What's nausea but a kind of -usea?
Sober, drunk, -unk, astonishment.
Everything can become the subject of criticism—
How criticise without something to criticise?
By God, how that hurts! By God, how it doesn't hurt!
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John Kounios, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Drexel University and coauthor of The Eureka Factor, has shown through brain imaging and behavioral experiments that insights do seem to be the result of a real and distinct kind of emotional and cognitive process, not just a typical new idea with an emotional flourish tacked onto it.