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Scientific explanation of altered states of consciousness?

Is there a book, website, or resource that scientifically explains why people may feel an altered state of consciousness?
For instance certain Native American tribes smoked a pipe and some took mushrooms, some cultures would fast for a few days, etc.

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  1. Try a Biology or Medical section which can explain how the various chemical substances and rituals such as purposeful dehydration and heat stroke affect the mind.

  2. Most “altered states of consciousness” involve the use of some chemical substance or drug, sleep deprivation, or dehydration. All of these will alter the way your brain functions and thus give you an altered state of consciousness.

  3. You have posted this as a physics question, which it is not.. You might do better to delete this question and re-post it in a more appropriate section.

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