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  • n. A person who explores his or her own psyche, especially by taking psychedelic drugs


psycho- + -naut (Wiktionary)



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  • I first came across this word in connection with Robert Anton Wilson (or possibly Terence McKenna). The Psychonaut quotes Wilson using zetetic.

    January 18, 2009

  • A psychonaut (from the Greek ψυχονα�?της, meaning literally a sailor of the mind/soul) is a person who experiences intentionally induced altered states of consciousness in an attempt to investigate his or her mind, and possibly address spiritual questions, through direct experience.

    January 18, 2009