THOMAS B. ROBERTS
THOMAS B. ROBERTS
Mindapps: Psychedelic Ideagens Invent New Intellectual Directions (Besides, they're fun.)
Just as we can write apps for digital devices, we can invent mindapps for our mind-brain complex. Installing them (both psychedelic and nonpsychedelic) increases our repertoire of mental abilities, thus increasing intelligence. As an “ideagen,” mindapps produces Multistate Theory, which:
(1) identifies the singlestate fallacy,
(2) replaces “state of consciousness” with “mindbody state,”
(3) blows the roof off the social sciences and humanities by asking the Central Multistate Question, “How does/do _____ vary from mindbody state to mindbody state?”
We will highlight samples from science, the humanities, social sciences, philosophy, and cognitive enhancement.
Can mindapps be combined into new recipes that invent previously unknown mindbody states — ones that have never existed before? Might they contain rare and/or previously undiscovered human abilities that reside in those states?
Multistate Theory provides the greatest intellectual opportunities of our time and seeds a new kind of artificial intelligence —Neuro AI.
Started in 1981, Tom Roberts (Ph.D. Stanford) taught the world's first psychedelics course listed in a university catalog. In medicine, he is co-editor of the 2-volume Psychedelic Medicine. In religion, he edited Spiritual Growth with Entheogens and is a major contributor to J. H. Ellens's Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances. In the humanities, he formulated Multistate Theory first in Psychedelic Horizons then expanded in The Psychedelic Future of the Mind. Most recently, The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire (co-edited) addresses the complex of legal, social, health, and cultural issues, notably academic freedom. He is Professor Emeritus in the Honors Program and in Educational Psychology at Northern Illinois University.