Psychedelic Experience

Book manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press.

Anticipated publication in 2020.



This book presents a philosophical analysis of psychedelic experience. A central thesis of the book is that a psychedelic experience is nothing but a mind-revealing experience, which can occur without the consumption of any substances. In fact, it is argued that the practice of meditation can be a better, safer, and more reliable way of inducing such experiences. It is also shown, based on scientific evidence and philosophical analysis, how psychedelic experiences can be used to enhance creative problem solving and to improve decision making.

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About the author

Aidan Lyon is a philosopher in the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam and an external member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He is also CEO and co-founder of DelphiCloud B.V., Amsterdam.

He completed his PhD at the Australian National University on the philosophical foundations of probability and has degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Queensland. He has held academic positions at the University of Maryland, the University of Tilburg, the University of Vienna, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University.

Aidan's research is primarily on the philosophical foundations of uncertainty and philosophical psychology. His company applies this research to help clients make good decisions in situations of high-stakes and extreme uncertainty. His current research focuses on how psychedelic experience, when properly engaged with, can improve decision making.