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Altering consciousness Tue, Mar 25, 2014
Humans tend to do a variety of different things to alter their state of consciousness.  Sure, there are illegal drugs.  But even legal drugs are taken to speed up (caffeine) or slow down (alcohol) our perception of things.  Certain activities like meditation and yoga aim to relax and focus, which is often different from our normal operating state.  Reading a book, watching a movie, or playing a video game often include a sense of escaping reality, or at least temporarily substituting a fake one for the real one.  Listening to music and possibly admiring art (not my thing) have the ability to energize us or shift our focus from the small to the big. #psychology

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