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Comment author: eris 27 April 2009 12:07:21AM *  4 points [-]

I also thought of this, yes. But it was more along the lines of psychedelics being extremely hit or miss. The only drug I know of that is ritually mass-prescribed for spiritual insight is ayahuasca, which I understand is also rather unreliable.

If I were to suggest a drug for denial-busting, it would be MDMA, hands down; it removes fear barriers. (I have no idea why people decided to use it for dancing, of all things.)

Comment author: nickdevlin 28 October 2010 06:53:30PM 19 points [-]

Because people are afraid of dancing!

Comment author: sprocket 27 April 2009 05:26:40PM *  7 points [-]

I think if you make sure that there is no adverse "set and setting", the hit-chances might be pretty good.

Two quotes from an article describing a study.

"Twenty-two out of the 36 volunteers described a so-called mystical experience, or one that included feelings of unity with all things, transcendence of time and space as well as deep and abiding joy."

and

"In follow-up interviews conducted two months later 67 percent of the volunteers rated the psilocybin experience as among the most meaningful of their lives, comparing it to the birth of a first child or the death of a parent, and 79 percent reported that it had moderately or greatly increased their overall sense of well-being or life satisfaction. Independent interviews of family members, friends and co-workers confirmed small but significant positive changes in the subject's behavior and more follow-ups are currently being conducted to determine if the effects persist a year later. "

This is from a study where drug-naive participants received psilocybin. I think its the same study I linked to earlier.

Comment author: hajh 27 April 2011 02:47:40AM 4 points [-]

maybe that's because you fail to see how dancing might be connected to those parts of the brain that break down barriers in society