Drugs and Alcohol Are (All?) In The Mind

hypnosisWhat if all drug and alcohol states are actually in the mind?

A performance by a Hypnotist at Toronto’s Idea City suggests just that. It would make the trillions spend on alcohol and dangerous drugs seem ridiculous and unnecessary.

Hypnotist Albert Nerenberg, stage name Neuron, elaborates on an old hypnotist parlour trick of hypnotizing someone into being drunk. Instead Nerenberg demonstrates that volunteers could be made very drunk, high on cocaine, experience ecstasy and even to hallucinate while hypnotized. The event was shot for Canadian Television.

“While this does require deeper states of hypnosis,” said Nerenberg. “It seems like the sky’s the limit. I’ve put people on LSD, Ecstasy, DMT and even fictional drugs that don’t exist.”

The best thing is there appears to be no side affects.

“I’m not talking about subtle contact highs here. People describe these experiences as completely real and we see physical side effects. Accelerated heart rates, pupil dilation, full hallucinations,” said Nerenberg. “The only difference is they can sober up in seconds.”

Generally people come out of hypnosis feeling refreshed and relaxed.

“There’s a lot of evidence the search of altered states is a natural part of human behaviour,” said Nerenberg. “But why we’re trying to prove here is that you don’t have to risk your health and your life to get there.”

In the video the audience at IdeaCity is asked to suggest a fictional drug. One audience member suggests Ludicron, a fictional drug which causes people to laugh at serious statements and believe the entire audience is naked.

It appears to work as volunteers laugh uproariously and a women suddenly screams when she sees the audience.

“Oh my God!,” she exclaims.

24 Comments on "Drugs and Alcohol Are (All?) In The Mind"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jul 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm |

    our brains have mirror neurons
    which enables us to internally mimic a suggestion or observation
    drugs have physically measurable interactions & effects
    which can be mimiced by suggestion
    which is
    the point of most advertisement
    a suggestion to mimic via trance state

  2. The Priming Effect™ in action. Most (if not all) perceptions are in your mind.

    But yes, you don’t need drugs to engage certain altered states.

    • BuzzCoastin | Jul 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm |

      before it was called priming
      Bandler called it anchoring
      everything mediawide contains primers

  3. The effects of LSd and Mescaline are powerful and complex. Even more so with high dose psilcybin and an effective dose of DMT. I’d have to experience a hypnotically induced recreation of those states to believe it.

    Obviously if the person hypnotized hasn’t experienced these states themselves, then what they report is meaningless.

    • BuzzCoastin | Jul 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm |

      the report itself is meanigless
      a reguratation of an old hyno stage trick

      the more confident you are that you not easily beguiled
      the easier it is to be beguiled

  4. Rhoid Rager | Jul 19, 2014 at 2:31 am |

    He’s socialized them into that context. He’s presented himself as an affable, well-intentioned person, so they play along. The audience laughs, they respond. Through his specific directions, he’s created a scene and script for them. He’s dressed the part of the authoritarian–and he admits that himself. The same logic here that pervaded the Milgrim Experiment: clipboards, lab coats and ‘the experiment requires that you continue’….props and prompts. The real drug here is human sociality. Humans are so cute sometimes.

  5. Makes me wonder whether hypnosis is real or not. Personally I have never experienced hypnosis, but I operated a spot light at an event where a guy claimed he could hypnotize everyone in the building and did not say “except for the stage crew and spot ops”. Most in the audience did not participate, the few that did were clearly shills. Perhaps it is a superpower that is bestowed upon stagehands, along with the ability to complain about anything and survive on donuts and pizza. Or it’s bullshit.

  6. BrianApocalypse | Jul 19, 2014 at 11:10 am |

    These people don’t seem like they’re on drugs at all. What they do seem like is people being hypnotised. The bit at the end with the fictional drug effects is straight out of standard hypnotic tricks you can see in any show like this, the fact that it’s framed in the context of a drug is meaningless. The hypnotist could have told them to feel those things because they had a special hat and would have produced exactly the same response.

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