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F57a You have had difficulty in trying to communicate your own experience to others who were not present: .002

F92 You now feel that the meaningfulness of your own experience is beyond words: .004

scores:

.032

.016

.032

.016

(3) Content-analysis data (1 item):

C14 Ineffability: .008 (.25)

Experimental Subject TD:

I imagined I heard someone describing or explaining our experience, and I wanted to object because they were lying. And yet I felt that it was all that could be said. Somehow it was theological ideas they were messing up, yet I could understand that these lies were the best we could do. But they were lies, and that wss important, too.

Experimental Subject KR:

During this time the sense of "we-ness" became a sense of oneness with what I can only describe as "Logos" or a personal Word...(Theological terms were given great meaning in this experience but are totally inadequate in describing the depth and impact of it.)

(Comment: This was also the beginning of the phenomenon of internal unity for this subject.)

Experimental Subject FK:

I cannot describe the sense of the Divine—He was the eternal mystery that was; He was everywhere, but completely transcendent; the Divine, truly not of this world, but whose message had the greatest significance for this world. I felt compelled to go to the front of the chapel, to minister in the name of Christ—for no one else was doing it, and it had to be done...For really the first time, I realized that man cannot challenge and try to limit God to a conceptual system: it is God who challenges men to do His will. God is, and that is all one can say. 1 am human; I will still try to build an elaborate theological system, for my egocentric gratification, and also to be able to communicate with others. (I am not saying that intellectual theology is bad, but that it is so completely inadequate to interpret the Divine.)

(Comment: This is an example not only of alleged ineffability but expresses the sense of sacredness as well. The reality which he felt is an example of the category! objectivity and reality.)

We therefore conclude that the experimentáis did experience the phenomenon of alleged ineffability to a considerable degree—certainly sufficient for inclusion as an example of this category as defined by the mystical typology but not in the most intense way possible. In other words, the psilocybin experience under the conditions of this experiment can be concluded to closely resemble this aspect of mystical experience.

Category VIII: Transiency

As seen in Table 26, when the scores of all items were combined, the experimentáis scored significantly higher than the controls for all methods of measurement (p less than .004). The frequency distribution of scores demonstrated the predominance of high scores for the experimentáis and scores of "0" for the controls. In other words, there are only four chances in a.thousand that the phenomenon of transiency was not due to psilocybin.

All the items which were used to measure transiency are listed in Table 2 7 in two groups: essential and supplementary phenomena. When all scores were used in the analysis, all individual items showed a significantly higher score for experimentáis than for controls at the .004 level except for suddenness of appearance which was still significant at the .02 level. Under the most rigorous analysis using only "strong" scores, most of the essential items which directly defined transiency as such, remained significant {p less than .032) except for F31 and F52. It was interesting that these last two items are consistent because they would indicate that the lighter levels of unusual consciousness (F31) were the ones which did not disappear completely by ,tho next day. Such an "afterglow effect" was confirmed

TADLE 26

Items Subject group (n = 10)

Combination of all phenomena«

6 Post-drugs Expert P12,P26,P27, P28,P30,P31 Contri

4 Follow-upt Expert P8,F9,F52, F86a Contrt

1 Content anaLsExpert CIO Contrt

Essential phenomenas

2 Post-drugs Expert P30.P31 Contrt

2 Follow-upt Expert F52,F86a Contrt

1 Content-anaL.sKxpers CIO Contrt

Category VIIIs TRANSIENCY

Frequency of

Distribution

Total Score

Sign Test

(Number of

times

scored)

(10 s

ubj ects)

Statistics

Stronq

Moder

. Slight None

Actual

Maximum

N p

34

11

7

8

180

240

10 .001

0

1

7

52

12

240

27

8

3

2

151

200

10 .001

1

4

1

34

17

200

8

1

0

1

26

30

1

0

0

9

3

30

3 18

56 2

80 80

11 1

1 17

70 10

100 100

0 0

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