Neuroscientist Thinks Elon Musk Should Drop Acid to Transcend His Tribalism

  • Musk’s recent behavior, including tweeting to stoke division, suggests that he is using his outsized power irresponsibly and contributing to political polarization.
  • A 2017 study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that psychedelic experiences can cause a person to question their assumptions and beliefs about reality, leading to a shift in worldview and potentially more compassionate and anti-authoritarian beliefs.
  • Psychedelics, such as LSD, DMT, and psilocybin, may have the ability to help shift Musk’s perspective and inspire him to adopt a new approach to doing things for the greater good of humanity.

Bobby Azarian from Raw Story writes:

“As a scientist, and simply as someone who would like to see society improve, I spend a lot of time thinking about what Elon Musk is doing to the world, and what he could be doing for the world.

Why? Because as the wealthiest human alive, he has more power to do good than anyone. Causal power is a term that scientists and philosophers use to describe the ability of an agent to have an impact on the world around them. If you have causal power, it means that you cause things to happen; that is, you generate effects. The chain of effects that follows a particular cause is known as a causal chain, and it is a concept that urges us to think about the unseen influence of our behavior on others, and on nature.

A rock doesn’t have causal power because it doesn’t do anything on its own. The average person has some causal power, but the magnitude of the impact of their ideas and behavior is often limited to their social network. A billionaire with a million social media followers, on the other hand, routinely creates causal chains that produce ripple waves across society. A popular tweet from Musk can generate 100,000 shares, produce hundreds of articles, and inspire countless conversations and actions in the real world. It’s hard to calculate the sum total of Elon’s influence on the nation, but there’s no doubt that he could sway the outcome of a close presidential election, if he made that his goal.

What does this mean for Musk? Well, as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility…”

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