Truth serum and sleep states

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Truth serum and sleep states

Postby Summerlander » 20 Nov 2017 21:05

I was flicking through the Book of Amazing Answers to Curious Questions, Volume 3, when I came across this column---topic: 'Does truth serum really exist?'---on page 96:

'For nearly a century, psychiatrists have experimented with sedatives like sodium pentothal, so-called "truth serums" that lower inhibitions and uncover a subject's true motives. The truth is that they are wildly imprecise and, like polygraph tests, inadmissible in court as evidence. It all began in 1915, when an American obstetrician administered sodium amytal as pain relief during labour and discovered that patients seemingly lost the ability to censor themselves. Truth serum was then used as a police tool and by US military psychiatrists to weed out soldiers faking shell-shock during WWII. By modern scientific standards, however, none of these applications were successful. Subjects drugged by truth serum are extremely vulnerable to suggestion, and reveal as much blithering nonsense as truth.'

Any takers on these questions: What happens to our dreams under the influence of 'truth serum'? Is it possible to have a lucid dream after taking such soporific substances? :geek:
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

- Padmasambhava

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Re: Truth serum and sleep states

Postby 24/7/365 » 22 Nov 2017 16:01

my two cents:

What happens to our dreams under the influence of 'truth serum'? nothing changes


Is it possible to have a lucid dream after taking such soporific substances? no

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Re: Truth serum and sleep states

Postby Summerlander » 22 Nov 2017 17:24

Makes sense. After all, the serum is supposed to make subjects more suggestible. Imagine being suggestible in the dream world. The chances for lucidity are diminished. We can infer that one's guard is completely down. The dreamer is lost in the absorption of oneiric narratives. :ugeek:
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

- Padmasambhava


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