Matt McCormick said...In my drug experimentation days, I was frequently struck by how powerful the feelings of poignancy and meaningfulness could be, especially about completely pointless stuff. If you can put a compound into your system and your brain's reaction is to have staggering feelings of hyperreligiousness, poignancy, and significance, how can we trust those feelings at face value in other cases where they happen?
The implied argument here appears to be that if apparent religious experiences can be induced by psychedelic drugs, then religious experience is just a figment of our imagination.
But there are several rather obvious problems with that argument:
i) Psychedelic drugs (e.g. LSD, Amanita muscaria) can cause us to hallucinate physical objects. By parity of argument, does that mean we should be sceptical of sense knowledge? If an acid trip causes me to hallucinate a tree that isn’t really there, then should I doubt the existence of trees and other empirical objects?
ii) To be sceptical of an experience I had when I was under the influence of hallucinogens is scarcely reason to be sceptical of my experiences when I’m stone cold sober.
iii) Since our brain is an important part of how we normally perceive reality, why wouldn’t we expect God to use our brains to experience him?