AIDAN LYON

philosopher
consultant
author
Leiden University
Aidan Lyon

I'm a philosopher based in Amsterdam, working at Leiden University.

I research wisdom, meditation, and psychedelics, and I help organisations and individuals improve their decision-making and innovation practices.

ONLINE COURSE, 2023

Meditation x Critical Thinking

Improve your decision-making by combining the practice of meditation with the principles of critical thinking.

ONLINE COURSE, 2023

Meditation x Critical Thinking

Improve your decision-making by combining the practice of meditation with the principles of critical thinking.

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2023

Psychedelic Experience: Revealing the Mind

Psychedelic Experience presents a philosophical analysis of the concept of a psychedelic experience. A central premise of the book is that such experiences can be had by means other than psychedelics. In particular, the book argues that psychedelic experiences can also be had as the result of meditation.

The book then presents a unified conceptual framework for thinking about the different kinds of psychedelic experiences one may have as a result of psychedelics, meditation, and their combination. This framework is then used to shed new light on various commonalities between psychedelics and meditation, such as the ability to promote long-lasting increases in mindfulness and their reputation for inducing mystical experiences.

Finally, the book uses these new philosophical resources to flip things around and shine the light back on philosophy itself, arguing that psychedelic experiences can be used as tools for doing philosophy. The result is a new approach to philosophy (or the revival of an ancient one), which integrates traditional analytic methods with a range of psychedelic techniques.

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