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Psychedelics are finally catching mainstream attention around the world as powerful treatments for mental illnesses. Though the UK has some catching up to do, clinics are beginning to crop up where psychedelics have been decriminalised like US and Canada, steering the wheel into the future of mental health treatments.
One such company is Field Trip, who describe themselves as, “bring[ing] the world to life through psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy”. …
This piece was originally published on COSY.LAND.
In the past month, the UK government issued a controversial report on racial disparities, concluding that England was to be seen as, “an international exemplar of racial equality”, and played down the impact of institutional racism in modern day England.
Though the intricacies of the report can be debated elsewhere, the unfortunate outcome is that an official report of this kind from the government severely undermines the experiences of racism in modern day England, contributing towards the bizzare notion that we are somehow living in a ‘post-racial’ society.
Though it is easy to…
Nowadays, social media more than ever is often considered a vital organ to communicate with others, find content, and share each other’s work. But over the past few years, I believe I am not alone in feeling very disillusioned with it. It wasn’t always like this.
Some of my earliest memories were falling in love with MSN Messenger as a child, making new friends at school and continuing our friendships in the evening after school was finished. …
Psychedelic substances have become increasingly interesting to psychologists and neuroscientists, but what is lesser known (and perhaps unsurprising) is that altered states of consciousness have been considered by philosophers for over a century.
William James first reasoned about mystical experiences with the use of nitrous oxide, claiming:
“Our normal waking consciousness is but one special type of consciousness […] parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different”.
He suggested that our everyday ‘waking perception’ is not the only way to perceive reality…
Although committing to one partner for life works for many, let’s face it — monogamy isn’t for everyone.
It can be unusual for most of us to take the concept of non-monogamous relationships seriously, because we’ve been conditioned to think there’s a special soulmate out there who we haven’t yet found.
Religious and societal institutions are quick to shun these alternatives as ‘adulterous’, ‘sinful’, or maybe even greedy (and those Disney movies really did a number on us as kids.)
But as we deconstruct societal norms around gender and sexuality, I think it’s also time to discuss the different types…
For a while now, I’ve taken the idea of privilege as obvious. After all, it seems intuitive right?
A White person will seldom experience institutional racism and hardly worry about being discriminated against due to their skin colour. Whereas I, a dark-skinned Muslim, has undergone countless discrimination just because of the way I look in today’s society.
So here, I am at a disadvantage compared to John Smith, whose resume might be considered over mine because his name is easier to pronounce. Arguably, he has privilege over me.
At the same time as a male, I don’t have to worry…
Approaching the end of lockdown, I think it’s fair to say that things won’t exactly be the same as they were before.
Rituals like handshakes with acquaintances might be left behind as relics of the past. Designer face masks are already making a timely appearance, and extended periods of isolation have led the best of us to reflect on our lives, and make changes moving forwards in an uncertain future.
Hypothesising about media consumption in the post-lockdown world, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the influence of ‘digital echo chambers’ in the formation of our belief system and opinions.
In December 2020, the UK chief rabbi wrote a piece to The Guardian, claiming he can “no longer remain silent about the plight of the Uighurs”. Indeed, history has a regrettable tendency to repeat itself, and an atrocity similar to the holocaust is happening right before our very eyes whilst the rest of the world remains silent, helpless, or in some cases, complicit in it.
One thing we must not do, however, is remain clueless about it. So my intention in writing this article is to give an overview of…
Dementia is commonly seen as a disability “strik[ing] at the cognitive capacities which are central to our identities and our sense of self”.
As a result, the way people with dementia are treated by others around them often reflects that they are ‘lost-causes’. They are considered completely unable to reconcile their identity which once existed, and now exist “increasingly devoid of content, an unbecoming of the self”, some theorise.
Even though it is undeniably true that elements of one’s selfhood are deeply affected during the progress of dementia, I’ve often…
Disclaimer: COSY does not endorse the use of illegal substances. This article is intended strictly for educational and harm reduction purposes.
As we all know, the Coronavirus pandemic has detrimented so many areas of modern life. But I believe mental health services may have been neglected the most, particularly in the UK.
Speaking to some friends, I learned that the waiting list to have an initial enquiry with a councillor through the NHS had been eight months.
This was a frightening fact for me, considering just how many of us…