Today I learned that although I'm obviously not a doctor and that nothing here should be construed as medical advice or even a definite fact, I heard on a podcast recently that exercise seems to be about as effective in terms of alleviating depression, percentagewise across a large group sample, as SSRI antidepressants. Psilocybin is apparently something like two or three times as effective.
The creative lesson I took from this Noticing is that any dilemma like this, including and especially in fiction, raises some very interesting moral and ethical considerations. What if in a fictional world, a powerful but controversial remedy was discovered? How would societies react? How would it be regulated? There’s such a wonderful chain of possibilities to unravel.
Members get extra episodes of the podcast, extra companion blog posts (see below), and more every week … all for the price of a fancy coffee. Learn about membership here.
Prefer reading? And not the transcripts, which are a tab at the top here by the way?
Listening to the Art of Noticing podcast is only one way to get these lessons. Every episode of the podcast also has a complete companion blog post, all of which you can find here.