How Childhood Affects The Early Structural Foundations On Building Knowledge

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In essence, this regression to childhood examines upon the early structural foundations to building knowledge. Huxley acknowledges that psychedelics like mescaline help users escape from their rigid, current state of mind by enhancing their suggestive and innovative capabilities. He expresses, “The ability to remember and to “think straight” is little if at all reduced…Visual impressions are greatly intensified and the eye recovers some of the perceptual innocence of childhood” (7). Children are widely regarded as the most innocent, untainted, natural, and creative beings. They focus on the present, not on the future. Their ideas are not yet solidified, for they have endless room for knowledge and for the refinement of that knowledge, and have a simpler capacity to accept what they see, unlike their adult counterparts who expend time focusing on defending their preconceived notions. Thus, children have more flexibility with the information that they absorb. They can decide how to interpret the world’s processes, how to use their honest and original minds to think and create—without the fear of whether their thoughts are right or wrong. Whatever they think or believe in, simply is. Therefore, the possibility that psychedelics can return the mentally ill to childhood is important in reconnecting them to just being, rather than having. Huxley argues that the drug does not weaken memory or cognitive skills; instead, it enhances perception to a level that does not take perceived…

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