Brain Scans on ”enlightened” beings aka mystics? Have you ever done it? I’ve been fascinated with enlightenment for a while and after listening to the David Goggins podcast I’m very curious about the size of mystics Anterior Cingulate Cortex. After all, it is if you don’t want to do something that the ACC grows, and the desire not to do something creates resistance, but mystics whole purpose of life is to let go of all resistance to what is, and what Gods will is. Does this mean that their ACC does not grow? Do they potentially love everything they do? Or is it that this area of the brain still grows without resistances because of the subconscious?


While the has discussed studies involving brain scans and the influence of psychedelics on brain connectivity, there is no specific mention of scans on "enlightened" beings or mystics, or details about the size of their Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC). Regarding the general idea of how the brain functions under certain states like those induced by psychedelics, explores how substances like psilocybin can increase communication across different brain areas, beyond their usual modular interactions. This might suggest a kind of global functional connectivity which is also potentially relevant to states like meditation or deep contemplation that might be akin to what mystics experience 1.

For specific inquiries into the ACC and its relation to experiences typical of mystics, such as resisting desires or letting go of resistance, the available data doesn't cover it directly. Thus, no conclusions about whether mystics' ACC does not grow or if they experience less resistance subconsciously can be drawn from the Huberman Lab discussions.

Psychedelics and Brain Connectivity

Robin discusses recent findings on the effects of psychedelics on brain connectivity, specifically an increase in global functional connectivity and intermodular communication between brain areas. These effects have been observed in studies using psilocybin, LSD, and DMT. These findings could play a role in the positive therapeutic outcomes seen with psychedelic use.

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