Each new image of the happy couple exacerbates my quiet terror.
Maria Bamford is one of the top comedians in the country, but like many other people she suffers from bipolar disorder. Maria has discovered a website that helps her cope with the stigma of treating mental illness by using humor and community.
The effects of psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – on adult consciousness are even more extreme and may effectively revert key hubs in our brain to an infant-like state, at least temporarily. We appear to start life without a recognisable sense of self, developing self-awareness through social interactions.
Psychedelics like psilocybin also disrupt this sense of self, with people under the influence reporting the strange feeling that they were melting into everything around them. Brain scans show that the parts of the brain deactivated by the drug – those involved in self-awareness – are underdeveloped in babies. In a sense, psychedelics offer a window into what infantile consciousness might be like.
Babies be trippin’.