Could psychedelics unlock our creativity?

Dr. David Luke

Psychedelics might have unique qualities that can foster our inner creativity. But exactly what hidden mechanisms can these drugs unlock in our brains? and could we replicate these effects without taking these drugs?

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For centuries, psychedelic plants and fungi have been used in indigenous medicinal traditions and for recreational purposes. Consuming these induces the brain to enter mysteriously altered states of consciousness which scientists are still trying to understand. But it seems like these puzzling experiences might also activate the same areas of the brain associated with creativity.  

Creativity is an essential cognitive skill connected to every aspect of our daily functioning and it has been found that exposure to certain compounds present in psychedelic drugs could boost spontaneous and deliberate creative cognition. 

In this fascinating talk, leading psychedelic researcher Dr. David Luke takes us on a journey through the secret world of magic mushrooms, altered states of mind and their potential to unlock our creativity. 

Are psychedelics the secret to creativity? Could we create creativity-boosting drugs?

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50 minutes


Creativity Unlocked

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Dr. David Luke

Described by the tabloid press as a “psychedelic Indiana Jones”, David focuses his research on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics.

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Human ingenuity and inventiveness has continually moved our world forward. From beautiful art works to works of literature, space shuttles to scientific leaps forward, at the heart of progress and change is a spark of creativity.

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