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The Brainless Initiative

why it's time to REALLY study the brain

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher

March 10, 2024

t a recent get-together, a healthcare expert assured me that solving crossword puzzles does not help one avoid contracting Alzheimer's Disease in their old age, that we can focus all we want, but if dementia has "got our ticket," then the disease will be sure to punch it eventually. This conclusion is not surprising coming from a materialist scientist, who sees the individual as a generic biological widget subject to the inexorable laws of a fully reified illness like Alzheimer's. But even in the age of the Drug War, the medical journals are full of instances in which the human will has altered the course of a seemingly "destined" illness. I say "even in the age of the Drug War," for the Drug War severely limits the psychoactive arsenal that is available for us when it comes to "unthinking" illness and thinking "health" instead.

Take opium, for instance. Opium is no more powerful than aspirin as an analgesic, but it somehow helps the mind to reimagine the pain metaphorically as it were and so the pain no longer "hurts." It's as if the drug instantly turns the user into one of those legendary Eastern mystics who are able to reimagine pain as something separate from their body and so patiently tolerate conditions that would be exquisitely painful for most human beings1.

The fact is, no one yet knows what the limits are to mental power. And why not? Because no society has set out with the goal of finding out. Typical tribal societies use psychoactive medicines, but for specific ritual and religious purposes, not as part of an ongoing search for the limits of the human mind. Western societies, on the other hand, demonize psychoactive substances wholesale and so are totally unaware of the way that they can enhance our mental powers. Even when such powers are grudgingly acknowledged, they are demonized with slanderous phrases such as "getting high" and "getting wasted."

But there is a third way of dealing with the fact that the world is full of psychoactive substances - and will be increasingly full of them thanks to the progress of chemical synthesis. That third way involves using psychoactive drugs to leverage the powers of the human mind to fight illness, improve quality of life, and - who knows - perhaps even learn something about the nature of reality itself2.

And how do we accomplish this? By studying drugs, not with the help of materialist scientists whose interest is in the microscopic, but rather with the help of psychonauts whose focus is on the drug user's experience itself in all its subjective and holistic glory3. The possibilities for research are legion and would be limited only by our own creativity, especially when we evaluate the use of various combinations of drugs for certain persons in certain situations with certain desired outcomes in mind: not just resistance to disease, but increased comprehension, increased empathy, increased patience, etc.

But the western world is blind to such a way of thinking. We have a previous commitment to the drug-hating religious ideology of Mary Baker Eddy. And so we launch a multi-billion-dollar BRAIN initiative while simultaneously outlawing all the substances that could help us demonstrate the powers of that brain4.

Author's Follow-up: March 10, 2024

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As HG Wells told us, health is not a thing but rather a balance of qualities5. We may find no direct correlation between completing crossword puzzles and avoiding Alzheimer's Disease, but that does not mean that puzzle-solving does not help. Completing a crossword puzzle can trigger other mental improvements that trigger other mental improvements that trigger other mental improvements. We're basically talking about the butterfly effect here, by which every action in a system ultimately affects the entire system and cannot be parceled off as being separate from the whole. We should at least remain agnostic about the powers of such activities until we have fully studied the power of the human brain, and that's a task that we have scarcely even begun, thanks to the fact that we have outlawed almost all the ways of improving that organ.


1 Quass, Brian, Opium for the Masses by Jim Hogshire, 2023 (up)
2 As William James wrote: "No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded." (up)
3 Quass, Brian, Replacing Psychiatry with Pharmacologically Savvy Shamanism, 2020 (up)
4 Brain Initiative, White House, 2024 (up)
5 Chesterton, GK, Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument against the Scientifically Organized State, 1822 (up)

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