Michael Persinger is the professor with the god helmet at Laurentian University. In this incredibly interesting lecture he talks about how psychotropic drugs work and what effect they have on the brain. There is a long introduction because this video was an entry in the 2007 TVO Big Ideas’ Best Lecturer Competition. It won.


48 minutes. Link to Video

Persinger’s summary from the end of the lecture:

  • Psychedelic drugs are effective because they imitate the chemicals the brain produces itself.
  • All of us have the ability to make these compounds or they wouldn’t be effective.
  • Some people produce more of these substances than others.
  • Anyone who can control consciousness using drugs can control the population because they can control the sense of self.