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The Lost SelfPathologies of the Brain and Identity$
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Todd E. Feinberg and Julian Paul Keenan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173413.001.0001

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Psychoactive Agents and the Self

Psychoactive Agents and the Self

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This chapter examines alterations of the self that are due to an array of psychoactive drugs. It discusses the effects of mescaline, cocaine, and ecstasy on the self, and then relates the scientific concepts of dissociation, depersonalization, and the core self to Eastern spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions—and all of this to the neurobiology of the self.

Keywords:   self, psychoactive drugs, mescaline, cocaine, ecstasy, dissociation, depersonalization

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