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Psychedelic Salon

Your source for cutting edge information about the exploration and expansion of consciousness. Featured speakers include Terence McKenna, Alex Grey, Daniel Pinchbeck, Erik Davis, Ann and Sasha Shulgin, Nick Sand, Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson and mor

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Podcast 567 - "Psychedelicize Yourself"

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:15:27 -0800

When we pick up on the April 1993 course that Terence McKenna taught at CIIS a question leads him into a detailed scientific account of what his brother, Dennis, was investigating during their famous days in the jungle near La Chorrera, Colombia. It is also interesting to listen to some of the questions from those in attendance regarding their apocalyptic views of what they thought was to come in 2012. Also we remember Dale Pendell.

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Salon2 038 - "Psychedelic Magick"

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:15:27 -0800

Today's Salon2 podcast features the return of Lex Pelger who interviews Julian Vayne, an author and oculist. They about the history of drugs and magick - especially in the underground London scene. Vayne also highlights some of the important ideas from his new book on creating psychedelic ceremonies.

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Podcast 566 - "A Tribe of Selves"

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:15:27 -0800

Today we pick up with the third installment of a course that Terence McKenna taught in April of 1993 at the California Institute of Integral Studies. It is a wide-ranging discussion that was shaped by questions from the attendees. Here are two of his thoughts from this session: "The crisis we're in, as a planetary society, is a culture of consciousness. There ain't enough of it. That's what happens when women are raped in Bosnia. That's a failure of consciousness. That's what happens when rivers are polluted with DDT. It's a failure of consciousness." AND "What if there is actually something that survives bodily death, that actually continues to exist in a dimension which we would have to call mental, or trans-real. And what-if you could come and go from that dimension using shamanic techniques? That is what in fact shamanism has always claimed to anyone who would listen."

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Salon2 - 037 - "The Family that Trips Together, Sticks Together"

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:15:27 -0800

Today we return to the Salon2 track and another podcasts-in-a-podcast, this time with Alexa and Kat Lakey. Their first program here in the salon features an interview with Scott Olsen, the organizer of one of the largest exhibits of Amazonian art to be held in the U.S. The exhibit was titled ‘The Mysteries of the Amazon’ and featured the work of Pablo Amaringo and his students from the Usko-Ayar School of Visionary Painting. Following that interview, we are treated to what may be a first in psychedelic story telling when the Lakey sisters interview their parents about psychedelic experiences that they all shared.

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Podcast 565 - "John Perry Barlow Tribute"

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:15:27 -0800

Today we pay tribute to the late John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an important leader in the struggle to keep the Internet free. In addition to John Perry's remarks, we will also hear John Gilmore, another of the co-founders of One of the most important essays written by Barlow is his Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, and at the end of this podcast you will hear John Perry Barlow reading that declaration himself.

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Podcast 564 - "Plants and Mind (Part 2-Chimpanzee or Bonobo)"

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:35:27 -0800

Today's podcast feature the second installment of Terence McKenna's "Plants and Mind" course that he gave in April of 1993. It features an interesting line of questions from the participants in the class about the role of gender in the psychedelic community. Two of my favorite quotes from this talk are: "I think the modern family is, first of all a very modern invention, and basically a cauldron for the production of neurosis." AND "Ego is like a cyst which will begin to grow in you, whether you are male or female, unless you take a psychedelic. The psychedelic will dissolve this cyst. The cyst is in your personality. It's a tumor. It shouldn't be there. We do need to have egos, little egos."

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Podcast 563 - "Plants and Mind (Part 1)"

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:35:27 -0800

Today's podcast features the beginning of a course that Terence McKenna taught in which he detailed his thoughts about the ways in which human consciousness came to be. A few interesting quotes from this talk include: "What seems to me to be one of the most centrally interesting questions to be asked of this world, and that is: What is human consciousness? Where did it come from? And why does it exist at all?" AND "It still is a very challenging thing to dissolve your ordinary state of consciousness, and abandon yourself to the dynamic of the larger mind that we find ourselves embedded in." AND "I think this is a frightening thing to contemplate, but the earliest cities, I will argue, were pens for human beings. That's what a city is. They're a pen for human beings."

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Podcast 562 - "What It's Like To Be Loaded"

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:35:27 -0800

Today's podcast features Terence McKenna at his best. While this is another of his talks in praise of DMT, he manages to take it to yet another level. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this talk: "A long, long time ago I took an oath to tell all secrets that came my way. Don't tell me a secret. I won't keep it. I'm against secrets. I'm against hierarchies, lineages. All assumption of special knowledge on the part of anyone in the presence of anyone else is abhorrent to me. I am a true anarchist, first and foremost." AND "My psychedelic mantra: I've done it this time!" AND "What we are about to discover is probably the least likely thing any of us expected out of our dilemma. What we're about to discover is that death has no sting. That what you penetrate on DMT is an ecology of human souls in another dimension of some sort." AND "A drug that you take and forty-eight hours later you're laying around in warm baths and refusing telephone calls is a drug you shouldn't have taken."

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Podcast 561 - "Psychedelics and Artificial Intelligence"

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:52:27 -0800

Today's podcast features what may have been Terence McKenna's last talks before he experienced the medical episode that led to his death less than one year later. For anyone who is up-to-date about the current state of the development of artificial intelligence algorithms Terence's insights from almost 20 years ago will be very fascinating. Here are two quotes from this talk that sum up Terence's predictions about the state of affairs in the 21st century: "The Earth is involved in a kind of alchemical sublimation of itself into a higher state of morphogenetic order. And that these machines that we build are actually the means by which the Earth itself is growing conscious." AND "Human beings are the agents of a new order of being."

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Podcast 560 - "McKenna's Thoughts About Marshall McLuhan"

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:42:27 -0800

In today's podcast Terence McKenna waxes eloquent about the writing of Marshall McLuhan, whose work in the 1960 was considered a revolutionary break with traditional ways of thinking about media. As Wikipedia says about McLuhan, he "was a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. ... McLuhan is known for coining the expression "the medium is the message" and the term global village, and for predicting the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it was invented."

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Podcast 559 - "Complexity and Meaning"

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 13:33:27 -0800

Today's podcast features a March 1996 talk by Terence McKenna during which he was wrapping up a weekend workshop. He begins by telling of one of his early LSD trips, which was significantly different from any other LSD experience he had ever had. He also talks about his view that the visual part of a DMT experience carries meaning, but that this meaning cannot be translated into English. One of the more fun topics he takes on is to speculate about what the world would be like if our machines become so smart that they took over control of the world. Ultimately, he can't decide if this would be a utopia or a dystopia. He also compares psychedelic drug design with nanotechnology. One of my favorite quotes from this talk is: "Virtual reality is a place where the creativity, the staggering creativity, of psychedelics can actually find a home."

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Podcast 558 - "Prophetic Painting"

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:33:27 -0800

Today's podcast features the last talk that Terence McKenna gave during his August of 1993 Scholar-in-Residence program at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. His topic for the evening was the way in which artists like Bosch and poets like Yeats imagined a trans-historical future in their work. Along the way, Terence inserts his views about art history and appreciation, and tells us why he believes that their work remains important to us yet today.

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Podcast 557 - "Updates on Psychedelic Research"

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:33:27 -0800

Today's podcast features Dr. George Greer, one of the co-founders of the Hefter Research Institute. In this Palenque Norte Lecture that he delivered at the 2017 Burning Man Festival, Dr. Greer not only covers the current state of psychedelic research, he also provides several interesting anecdotes about ways in which research participants have had their lives significantly improved through the use of psychedelic medicines.

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Podcast 556 - "Coalitions for Liberty"

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 1:36:27 -0800

Today's podcast features Grover Norquist's 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture, which he gave during the Burning Man Festival. This is the fourth year in which Mr. Norquist has spoken at Palenque Norte, and, as always, his remarks were well received. Two of my favorite quotes from this talk are: "The best coalitions come from the hard right and hard left. Center coalitions don't get you anything except more of the same. Each of them are part of the status quo. So you're not going to get dramatic changes there." and "[Throughout] history more people have been murdered by their governments than by foreign invaders. So I kind of think fear of one's state is a rational fear in history."

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Podcast 555 - "Drug Policy"

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:34:27 -0800

Today's podcast features the lengthy Q and A session led by John Gilmore (MPP, MAPS, and EFF) that was featured as a Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2017 Burning Man Festival. In this conversation with burners in the audience, John explains the difficulties and successes various organizations have had in their efforts to encourage more sensible drug laws.

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Podcast 554 - "How to Make it in Psychedelic Futurism"

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:05:27 -0800

Today's podcast features the author Daniel Pinchbeck and some friends at the 2017 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held during the Burning Man Festival. Besides discussing his books, ibogaine, and ecology, they also give us their thoughts about evolution and culture.

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Podcast 553 - "The Origin and Future of Life"

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:35:27 -0800

Today's podcast features the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture by Dr. Bruce Damer. As he describes the life-long journey that has led him to search for the origin of life on Earth, you may be surprised at how forthcoming he is about the ways in which he thought about this problem.

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Salon2 036 - "Nashville's Psychedelic Stories"

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:05:27 -0800

After a Veterans' Day story by Lorenzo, today's podcast features some stories from Nashville. Thanks to everyone at the Nashville Psychedelic Society for your help making a perfect last stop of the Blue Dot Tour.

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Podcast 552 - "The Power of Divine Inspiration"

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:20:27 -0800

Today's podcast features a talk given by Shonagh Home in October 2017 for the Women and Entheogens Conference, which pushed the envelope into new and novel ideas. This year's theme was "Psychedelics in Birth and Pregnancy from Conception through Life". Topics explored included the concept of utilizing entheogens for fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Salon2 035 - "ICEERS and Plant Medicines"

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:30:27 -0800

In today's podcast Benjamin De Loenen, the founder of ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service), talks about things that led him to start this organization, which comes to the defense of plants and is dedicated to sharing the science and best practices around their use.

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Podcast 551 - "Women in Cannabis"

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:40:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a panel of distinguished women, all of whom are participating in various ways in the burgeoning new world of legal cannabis growing, distribution, and education. The panel assembled on the last evening in August at the 2017 Burning Man Festival, where they spoke in the Palenque Norte Lecture tent. You don't have to be a woman to get a lot out of the information and experience of these amazing women entrepreneurs. Just give it a listen and you will understand what I mean.

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Salon2 034- "Psychedelic Chemistry"

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:04:15 -0800

As the founding president of the Heffter Research Institute, a chemist who crafted some of the most important research molecules of this generation and a leader in the psychedelic community, we're pleased to present an interview with Dr. David Nichols. He talks about the impetus for his interest in these molecules, the potential dangers of microdosing and the feelings of a chemist whose creations escaped the laboratory and - while doing much good - also caused harm.

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Podcast 550 - "FDA Approved Phase 3 MDMA/PTSD Research"

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:39:15 -0800

Today we feature the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture delivered by the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, Rick Doblin. In this wide ranging talk, besides an update about the recent FDA approval for MAPS' major Phase 3 study of MDMA, we are treated to the fascinating story of how Rick was able to convince his conservative family into supporting his decision to pursue the investigation of psychedelic medicines.

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Salon2 033 - "The Psychedelic Archives of Keeper Trout"

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:51:15 -0800

The wonderful Keeper Trout shares with us today includes his experiences archiving the files of Dr. Alexander Shulgin, working to collect the chemistry of psychedelic plants and medicines (particularly mescaline containing plants), and the cultural and legal history of the Native use of peyote and cactus as well as its suppression by the United States government. Keeper Trout is a multifaceted and delightful character who gives us today's engaging interview.

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Podcast 549 - "Android Jones: Visionary Artist Q and A"

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:59:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the Palenque Norte Lecture given by visionary artist Android Jones at the 2017 Burning Man Festival. Rather than give a structured lecture, Jones answers questions from the audience about the process he uses, including the use of entheogens, to create the fantastical images that we have seen on album covers, festival posters, live performances, and online at YouTube and Vimeo. If you have ever wondered how a work of art, such as his intriguing video titled Samskara came about, this evening conversation on the playa with Android Jones will fascinate you. For example, when asked why he continues to create more art he replied, "I like making art more than sex. I like it more than any other thing that there is."

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Salon2 032 - "Ben Stewart's Wild Ride"

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:31:15 -0800

The filmmaker Ben Stewart sits down in Lex Pelger's living room to share his story about the journey that led him to making films and how the psychedelics helped shape his path.

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Podcast 548- "The Politics of Electronics"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:30:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture by Cory Doctorow. In this talk, which was given during the Burning Man Festival, Cory walks us through some of the current issues having an impact on our ability to have our thoughts and words exchanged between ourselves without the threat of Big Brother listening in. As he explains, this isn't a case of winning or losing, it is about the ongoing efforts we all must make so as to keep the Internet free and not simply be the tool of big corporations and governments to spread their stories at the expense of We the People.

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Salon2 - "Horizons Conference Announcement"

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:41:15 -0800

Today we hear from Neal Goldsmith about the speakers at the upcoming Horizons psychedelics conference in New York City.

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Salon2 -031- "The Sacred Cactus"

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:15 -0800

The path to peyote for a Russian seeker named Sergey Baranov. Throughout communities spanning the Americas, Sergey explored plant medicines and even faced a near-death experience before finally settling in Peru and founding the 'Cactus House' where he now leads ceremonies.

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Salon2 -030- "Wars ON Drugs"

Thur, 28 Sep 2017 15:34:15 -0800

Today's podcast features an interview with John Dolan, who is well known as the "War Nerd". Additionally, he has another alter ego as the writer Gary Brecher. The War Nerd podcast covers a wild amount about the history along with speculations about the future of human warfare. In this interview, John explains the long history of drugs and war.

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Salon2 -029- "Treating PTSD with MDMA"

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:34:15 -0800

Today's podcast features an interview with Michael and Annie Mithoefer who have been working for years to bring MDMA into the forefront as a treatment for PTSD. As a couple who works together holding space for these sessions, they share about what they learned of the promise and pitfalls of this medicine.

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Podcast 547- "A House Divided Against Itself"

Thur, 21 Sep 2017 16:19:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a lecture by Gore Vidal about the true history of the U.S. presidency. Also included is a brief bit by George Carlin where he explains why America is always at war. And Lorenzo explains in detail why he believes that the USA is already a failed state.

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Salon2 028 - "Psychedelic Storytelling in Chicago"

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:19:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a great storytelling night from the Blue-Dot tour. Hosted by the Chicago Psychedelic Club, you can hear why we loved our stop in the Windy City.

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Salon2 027 - "Conversation with a Polymath"

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:53:15 -0800

Today's podcast from Salon2 features an interview with Dr. Bruce Damer in which, among other things, he discusses his work to uncover the ways in which life may have originated on Earth. Dr. Damer is associate researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he collaborated with Prof. David Deamer to develop and publish (in 2015) the Coupled Phases model for the origin of life and in 2016 the full conception of the Terrestrial Origin of Life Hypothesis. This is perhaps the first "end-to-end" model proposed for life's origins.

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Salon2 026 - "CBD and Bluebird Botanicals"

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:33:15 -0800

Kevin Liebrock and Michael Harinen from Bluebird Botanicals tell us about their work producing high quality CBD oil that can be shipped to all fifty U.S. states. They answer some of the most commonly asked questions that people have about CBD. They also explain the process of producing whole plant extracts from Colorado hemp and discuss the ongoing involvement of the FDA, DEA and the Department of Agriculture in the cannabis industry.

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Salon2 025 - "Cannabis Pair O' Docs"

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:33:15 -0800

Dr. Matthew Markert shares thoughts about cannabis, epilepsy and the brain. As an MD/PhD interested in altered states of consciousness, he chose epilepsy as a way to study unusual states of the brain. . . . Then we hear from Frank Sacco, a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at William James College, who works with his father to create an online healing community for people wishing to explore the altered state of consciousness induced by cannabis for healing. Learn about their work and share your own story on their site Virtual Healing Communities.

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Salon2 024 - "Cannabis Ceremonies"

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:57:15 -0800

After much work with cannabis, Becca Williams learned how to use it as a Spirit Plant medicine. She teaches people about the power of cannabis to heal traumas and now leads Cannabis Ceremonies in Denver, Colorado. Her work also includes excellent educational videos. Her Website, Straight Talk, is overflowing with content.

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Podcast 546 - "Insanity"

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:01:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a conversation held at the Esalen Institute on the evening of August 27, 1992 and led by Terence McKenna. The topic was insanity.

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Salon2-023 - "Mona Zhang's Cannabis News"

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:21:15 -0800

Mona Zhang writes an important newsletter about cannabis, where she gives us an update on news around the weed world and what she saw in the smoking scenes of Beijing, London and New York. You may sign up for her excellent newsletter at The Word Tree

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Podcast 545 - "Current Research and Future Trends of Psychedelics, Stanford 2/3/91"

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:21:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a panel discussion that took place at a psychedelic conference that was held at Stanford University in February of 1991, which is before the World Wide Web came into existence. At the time, conferences such as this were the primary means of communicating information about psychedelics to the public-at-large. Participants were: Bruce Eisner, David Nichols, Rick Doblin, Charles Grob, Richard Yensen, and Dr. Timothy Leary who, in addition to his own comments, also provided some amusing running commentary during several of the other talks. And we get to hear a young Rick Doblin give one of his most detailed descriptions about how he first came to become involved in psychedelic research.

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Salon2 -022 "Psycho-Tech with Dr. Roberts"

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:21:15 -0800

Dr. Thomas Roberts is one of the most forward thinking people in the field of psychedelics. This interview covers his experiences leading up to the idea of psycho-technologies. His book, "The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values" is a valuable addition to any explorer's bookshelf and his approach to psychedelic scholarship envisions the future of creative thinking fostered by these old tools.

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Salon2 -021 "Tipper Stage's Harm Prevention"

Mon, 27 Jul 2017 12:21:15 -0800

For this entry in the Psychedelic History Project, here are three short lectures from the stage of the Tipper and Friends festival in Florida. Mitchell Gomez of DanceSafe starts with his work in festival harm reduction, Lex Pelger talks about psychoactive storytelling, and Margie Weiss-Hoffman. She became an activist about the use of confidential informants after her daughter was murdered in a police sting gone wrong.

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Salon2 -020 "New Drugs and Safe Parties"

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:21:15 -0800

Mitchell Gomez of DanceSafe walks us through what is happening with drugs in the wild and what his organization is doing to reduced harm at festivals, parties and other psychoactive gatherings of the tribe. On the street today, MDMA is strong, ketamine is cut, and fentanyl is everywhere. Mitchell also explains more about DanceSafe's drug education, harm reduction and reagent testing services.

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Salon2 -019 "Wild Bill Radacinski"

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:21:15 -0800

Wild Bill knows no bounds. A native of Queens and an explorer of psychedelic space, he is an old friend of Lorenzo who has some interesting experiences to share.

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Salon2 -018 "Drug Laws"

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:21:15 -0800

It's rare to meet someone eager to tackle the law but in this interview with Mark Haden, the Executive Director of MAPS Canada, he wrestles with the thorniest problem of all: how to regulate these drugs.

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Salon2 -017 "The Case for Cognitive Liberty"

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:21:15 -0800

This week we feature the underground chemist and cognitive liberty hero Casey Hardison. He served almost 10 years in the UK on drug charges, but now he's free and sharing his story from the Shulgin Farm on the Fourth of July.

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Podcast 544- "Biodiversity Is Biosecurity"

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:01:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the 2016 Palenque Norte lecture by Paul Stamets, who is one of the leading mycologists in the world. In this talk Paul covers a wide range of knowledge about mushrooms and mycelium that will blow your mind. For anyone interested in biology, this talk is not to be missed. As Paul says, "There's a recurring lessen here folks, when we're facing extinction events pairing with fungi has an evolutionary advantage. And we should make use of that."

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Salon2 016 - "Psychedelic Stories from Victoria"

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:01:15 -0800

For convincing your relatives about the power of MDMA, have them listen to the first story in this episode and then read this article where Oprah's senior editor reports on the healing and then tries it herself: Inside the Investigation: Can MDMA Heal Psychological Trauma?

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Salon2 015 - "Mary Porter's Peyote Church"

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:03:15 -0800

Around the kitchen table, we hear from the powerhouse Mary Porter, a Native woman who, after her wild years staying away from the medicine, founded the Looking Glass Peyote Church. The episode ends with hearing from a discriminating young veteran about his experience, through Mary, finally finding a teacher and a path.

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Salon2 014 - "Psymposia Stories from Los Angeles"

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:33:15 -0800

Psymposia hopes that you enjoy these stories from Los Angeles. Besides the police officer Michael Wood and UltraCulture's Jason Louv and an array of other storytellers who have fathomed hell or soared angelic. This episode ends with one of the most powerful stories we have ever heard on on our stage. Also there is an announcement about the Psychedelic History Project for which Lex Pelger will be archiving this summer in order to save a unique treasure trove acquired by Dr. Timothy Leary and saving it for the world.

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Podcast 543 - "Working With Medicinal Plants"

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:01:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Erin Rivera Merriman who is an Esoteric Women's Health Practitioner, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Priestess, Oracle, Artist, and Mother. Erin has taught art to Brooklyn teens, volunteered as an Interfaith Chaplain in maximum security New York City prison, led women’s ceremonial circles and organized retreats with indigenous teachers since 2007.

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Salon2 013- "Pallamary's Paths of Shamanism"

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:01:15 -0800

After hearing from Matt Pallamary at the San Diego storytelling in last week's episode, here's an interview with him about the tools of shamanism applied to writing, the pitfalls of gurus and his many stories and lessons from his decades spent diving deep into the many paths of shamanism.

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Salon2 012- "Psychedelic Stories from San Diego"

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:15:15 -0800

Here's the storytelling session from San Diego. It's an especially powerful gathering thanks to the Aware Project creating community there. Plus, lucky story #7 comes from Lorenzo himself and includes a great history on the importance of the talks in Palenque, Mexico.

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Podcast 542 - "Shamans of the Global Village"

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 15:51:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture by documentary film makers Rak Razam and Niles Heckman. In addition to discussing their work with indigenous people, they discuss the making of their documentary, "Shamans of the Global Village".

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Salon2 011 - "Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans"

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:51:15 -0800

This week we talk with military veteran Ian Benouis who works to connect those who served with the plant medicines. He works with the Weed for Warriors project and with Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy.

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Salon2 010 - "Stories from Boulder, Colorado"

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:51:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the Psymposia Stories from Boulder, CO. A wide-range of people gathered under Naropa University to share their personal tales.

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Podcast 541 - "The Divine Feminine"

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:51:15 -0800

Today we feature the second of two interviews with Rachel Harris, author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. In an earlier episode in the Salon2 series, we heard Rachel in her very professional mode, every bit the Ph.D. that she is. In this episode of the salon we get to experience another side of Rachel, the everyday human side. Not that we don't get the benefit of her extensive background, research, and practical experience, but in this enjoyable conversation between her and our own Shonagh Home that is more like an everyday conversation between two long time friends. Even if you think that you know all about Rachel's new book, you won't want to miss this podcast.

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Salon2 009 - "Cannabis and Spirituality

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:51:15 -0800

This week we talk with Stephen Gray, the editor and writer who pulled together the excellent collection of essays titled: "Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally"

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Podcast 540 - "What Does Being Human Mean?"

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:01:15 -0800

In this final installment of an August 1998 series of lectures at the Esalen Institute by Terence McKenna, he wraps up these talks by touching on fiction, poverty, aging, death, DNA, psychedelics, and language. And on one of his favorite topics, culture, he has this to say, "Culture, as a con game, lasts long enough to keep you entranced up until sometime in midlife. If you live beyond midlife and you still are fascinated and entranced by culture chances are you're an idiot of some sort."

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Salon2 008- "Psymposia Stories - Austin, TX"

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:01:15 -0800

Here's our next set of stories from the Blue-Dot tour's stop in a library of Austin, Texas.

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Podcast 539 - "Novelty and Technology"

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:04:15 -0800

In today's podcast Terence McKenna talks about one of his most abiding interests, the increase of novelty/complexity in the universe. Along the way he also touches on psychedelics, the Esalen Institute, dark matter, and modern physics.

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Salon2 007 - "Listening To Ayahuasca"

Mon, 01 May 2017 11:04:15 -0800

We sit down with Dr. Rachel Harris who collected countless anecdotes of people's work with ayahuasca and condensed them into the excellent book: Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety.

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Podcast 538 - "Are Psychedelics Spiritual?"

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:54:15 -0800

In today's podcast we rejoin Terence McKenna for an August 1998 workshop in which he approached the topic of psychedelics and spirituality and then launched (thanks to a question) into a rap about how to avoid bad trips. He then went on to say that he wasn't a fan of poly-drugging. And along the way he tells a story about an over-the-top acid trip he once had that I guarantee will cause you to laugh out loud. He also explains how a mushroom trip went bad and turned into "the worst" psychedelic experience of his life, which he then describes in great detail.

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Salon2 006 - "Stories from Athens"

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:54:15 -0800

Today's program features some stories that the Psymposia Team recorded in Athens, Georgia on their Blue Dot Tour.

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Salon2 005 - "Psychoactive Drug Research"

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:54:15 -0800

Lex talks with Dennis McKenna about the upcoming ESPD50 conference: the Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs 50th Anniversary Symposium.

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Podcast 537 - "Integrating A Medicine Experience"

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:04:15 -0800

Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Dr. Katherine Coder, a Transpersonal Psychologist. Dr. Kat’s specialties include trauma resolution, healing shame, relationship healing, cultivating the deep Feminine, ceremony, and one-on-one client work for those looking for a deeper connection to themselves and their world. Her transformative work connects body, mind, and Spirit to allow people to integrate at a profound level and live from their true essence. She is author of the book, After the Ceremony: A Companion Guide to Help You Integrate Plant Medicine Experiences.

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Salon2 004 - "Psychedelic Science 2017"

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:54:15 -0800

Today's podcast features Brad Burge, the director of communications for MAPS, who tells us more about the upcoming 6-day conference in Oakland, CA: Psychedelic Science 2017.

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Salon2 003 - "Psychedelic Stories from Canada"

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:54:15 -0800

This week you’ll hear stories recorded live at Psymposia Stories Montreal from 920 Psilocybin Mushroom Day 2015. Adi Khavous: A nomadic street artist’s first time taking mushrooms. Jenifer Dumpert: One dream researcher’s story about Santa, drugs, and elves. Brett Greene: A howling tale of a Jeremiah in the wilderness kind of head trip. Pol Cosineau: The life changing drug experience of a man who well prepared himself for the voyage.

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Podcast 536 - "The Future of Art"

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:15:15 -0800

Today's podcast continues with a series of lectures given by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute in early August 1998. It begins with Terence discussing ways in which he sees art evolving. Eventually he transitions into a discussion about the growth of the Internet and the possibility of it becoming a super intelligent entity of some kind. Along the way he touches on science fiction, time, consciousness, Bell's Theorem, and complex systems.

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Salon2 - 002: "Microdosing"

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:15:15 -0800

Today brings us the first of the Salon2 podcasts, and it is hosted by Lex Pelger, who I have asked to tell you a little about what his psychedelic clan is up to. After Lex's introduction of the Psymposia Team, he will be interviewing Ayelet Waldman about her new book titled "A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life".

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Podcast 535 - "Salvia Divinorum and Other Plants

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:15:15 -0800

Today's podcast features an August 6, 1998 talk about Salvia Divinorum given by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute. In addition to many interesting facts that Terence presents about Salvia, he tells how Daniel Siebert became the first person to identify the active ingredient of the plant, which eventually led to its widespread use today. Other topics he covers include Ibogaine, magic mushrooms, psychedelic plants, Australia's psychoactive plants, DMT, Greek mystery religions, Datura, LSD, War on Drugs, and language.

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Salon2-001: "Frequently Asked Questions About Salon2

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:15:15 -0800

This is the first of the Psychedelic Salon 2.0 podcasts. It is a very short program that answers the following questions: How did the idea of Salon 2.0 come about? Where did the ideas for how Salon2 will work come from? How much input and control will Lorenzo have in selecting the new programs? How do you provide feedback as to format (lectures, interviews, conversations), etc. Psymposia's Blue-Dot tour

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534-Terence McKenna: "Drugs, Cultures, and the World Corporate State"

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:15:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the conclusion of the Introduction to his August 1998 Staff Lecture Series at the Esalen Institute. And while he talks about a wide range of topics, including psychedelics, robots, and virtual reality, what was most striking was when he spoke about the then-current state of world affairs and said, "So it's going to be technology, or catastrophe, or fascism. These are the choices, because, of course, because fascism, you know, can just order the liquidation of everybody under five feet, or everybody with brown eyes, or whatever. But the consequences of fascism are the complete distortion and subjugation of the human spirit. When we talk about survival of the human species we're not talking about at-any-cost or under any circumstances. If humanness does not survive with the human species then we're no more than another cannibal ape with a bigger club in the hand."

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533-Terence McKenna: "The Social Virus of Political Correctness"

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:15:15 -0800

Today's podcast features Terence McKenna in the first of a series of in-house workshop sessions given to the staff at the Esalen Institute during the month of August 1998. Today's talk is the introduction to these sessions, and he begins by giving his opinion on what he terms the "social virus of political correctness". He also says that a portion of his audience is "flakier than I am comfortable with."

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532-Various: "The Mind, Consciousness, and the Brain"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:18:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a conversation that was held on August 28, 1993 between Rupert Sheldrake, the originator of the Morphic Resonance theory, and Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of many books including The Crack in the Cosmic Egg and other works investigating the brain, the mind, and consciousness. As their discussion proceeds they explore the concept that, as observers, WE actually are creating reality. Their conclusion to this often explored area of quantum physics is that, no, WE don't create the physical world. Rather, we are largely the recipients of it and our job is to learn how to participate with it and go along with it.

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531-Wilson: "The Prisim Lecture"

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:18:15 -0800

Today's podcast features a talk by Robert Anton Wilson that was given in Santa Cruz in February 1982. Interestingly, he begins by giving U.S. presidents, beginning with Lyndon Johnson, some amusing labels according to how he sees their influence on the American public. And his discussion of the "reality labyrinth's" we all inhabit is something that we all should give some time to think about.

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530-Lorenzo: "A Psychedelic Moment In History"

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0800

In today's podcast Lorenzo explains how he came to his decision to not vote in last year's presidential election. He begins by quoting part of a poem by William Butler Yeats, but he changed one word in the final two lines so they read: And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Washington to be born?

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529-Gilmore: "Privacy and Free Speech in 2017"

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture delivered at the Burning Man Arts Festival by John Gilmore, Co-founder of EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In this talk John answers questions from the audience dealing with security and privacy rights and solutions in the current digital age. The topics cover email security, free speech, copyrights, Net neutrality, and the security of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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528-TMcKenna: "History Ends In Green" – Part 5

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:17:15 -0800

Today's podcast features the final tape in the September 1990 Terence McKenna workshop titled “History Ends In Green”. A few of my favorite quotes from this talk include: “The payoff [of psychedelic experiences] is being able to design our way toward a more humane culture.” AND “And I think that's how we have to act. We have to each choose a small area and then act in that limited area with all the existential commitments we can muster. But not with anxiety.” AND “Politics without responsibility IS fascism.”

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527-TMcKenna: "History Ends In Green" – Part 4

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:40:55 -0800

In today's podcast, part 4 of a series, Terence McKenna goes into more depth about the state of one's mind when under the influence of smoked NN-DMT and how even then one's core observer remains intact. In another segment he riffs on the possibility that the elves and other visions he encountered on psychedelic journeys might actually be projections from his own psyche. Some interesting quotes from this talk include: “It's really true that the world at any moment could come completely and utterly apart. Have you seen that happen?” . . . “The whole impetus for my career is to convince myself that somebody else has seen the same thing, and that they can't believe it either.” . . . “The one thing they tell you it isn't, it is! It is! It is made of magic, anything can happen.” . . . “There's nothing holding any of us back from becoming unrecognizable, not only to our friends and loved ones, but to ourselves.”

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526-TMcKenna: "History Ends In Green" – Part 3

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:40:55 -0800

In today's talk from a September 1990 workshop, Terence McKenna explains that when speaking about the DMT state he says that what he calls self-dribbling basketballs “are like crystalline, jeweled, semi-see-through, opaque, movemented things, which look like sculptures, but you can tell while you're looking at them they're actually sentences. And the sentences are saying themselves in some weird way.” That should give you something to think about the next time you come out of a DMT reverie. He also goes on a little riff about why drugs have specific “identities” in the way they present themselves, as well as giving some advice about how best to choose your drugs.

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525-TMcKenna: "History Ends In Green" – Part 2

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:25:43 -0800

Today we pick up with the second installment of a September 1990 Terence McKenna workshop. In one of his recurring themes, when he was describing the DMT feature that he calls 'language elves', he goes on to say that, “what they may be is nothing more than self-reflective, compound, complex sentences. It's hard to tell what they are, because we're not used to having our sentences stand and embrace us.” My favorite quotes include, “There really is no ideology associated with psychedelics. If you look at the people who've been involved with it they've said completely different and contradictory things.” AND something that it may be wise to consider these days, “Everything not within your reach is basically unconfirmed rumor.”

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524-TMcKenna: "History Ends In Green" – Part 1

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 17:12:33 -0800

Today brings the first of a six-part series of recordings made at a Terence McKenna workshop in September of 1990. He titled it “History Ends In Green”. A few interesting quotes from this program include: “I cannot conceive of mature human beings going from the cradle to the grave without ever finding out about [the psychedelic experience]. It's like not finding out about sex or something. It's just too weird. It's a part of our birthright. It's not a cultural artifact. . . . This is, as far as I can tell, the dimension in which we most fully experience ourselves as ourselves.” AND “We have to be very careful about the corrosive effects of culture.” AND apropos of the current situation in the 2016 U.S. elections, “Human culture has become, charitably, a random walk, uncharitably a kind of cancerous, exponential cascade of unstoppable effects.”

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523-Norquist: "Coalitions for Freedom"

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 12:05:34 -0700

Today we feature the 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture by Grover Norquist. This is the third year in which he has attended the Burning Man Festival, and one of the things that he talks about is how the festival has made an impact on him over the years. His main focus, however, is in finding ways that people with diverse political views can come together. As he says, “All the groups that want to be left alone have something to teach each other.”

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522-Doctorow: "Surveillance Capitalism and the IoT"

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:42:30 -0700

Today's podcast features writer and EFF advisor Cory Doctorow who points out the dangers involved with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the serious problems with enforcing copyrights through invasive technology. As he says, “The real struggle here, it's not making computers free, it's making people free. The reason we want to save computers is not because computers are more important than racial justice, or gender equity, or getting rid of homophobia and transphobia, or the climate. The reason we want to make computers free and open is because we cannot win those fights without a few and open information infrastructure.”

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521-Various: "Risk Reduction – How You Can Help"

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:54:44 -0700

In this 2016 Palenque Norte Lecture, Annie Oak, founder of the Women's Visionary Congress, teaches how to use Naloxone to help a person who has had an opioid overdose. She is followed by Shannon Clare Petitt who tells us about some of the work being done by MAPS' Zendo Project. Finally, we get to hear Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, talk about how he first learned about MDMA and what his first experience with that substance was like.

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520-TMcKenna: "Our Cyberspiritual Future" – Part 6

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:40:33 -0700

In this final session of an August 1997 workshop, Terence McKenna begins by talking about some of the psychedelic elders who have influenced his own work. In discussing his concept of the eschaton he states that “the planet will be empty of anything appearing to be human life.” And then he says, “We're going elsewhere.” This is one of the most clear statements he made about his belief in what will take place in 2012. He also says: “I cannot conceive of post eschatonic life. I think of it, just to make things simple for myself, as death, because that's the other thing in my life that I have no grip on whatsoever.”

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519-TMcKenna: "Our Cyberspiritual Future" Part 5 - TimeWave

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:49 -0700

Today we get to hear Terence McKenna's lecture about his TimeWave hypothesis (it never became a true theory). This 1997 talk was given less than three years before Terence's death and thus represents some of his latest thinking about this topic. He defines the TimeWave as a mathematical model of how the world works, as based upon the I Ching. Also, he clearly states that where the end point is set determines all of the other data points fall. However, in true Terence McKenna fashion he points out that even if he was 0.001% off, that gave him a range of 60,000 years in which his prediction would still be valid. He then goes on to discuss his correction to the Watkins objection that was discussed in podcast 472. And an interesting quote: “I won't defend [the TimeWave] though. I've decided to get a life after 2012 no matter what happens.”

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518-TMcKenna: "Our Cyberspiritual Future" - Part 4

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:16:11 -0700

In this, the fourth installment of an August 1997 Terence McKenna workshop the discussion ranges from the importance of a good physical setting when using psychedelics, DMT, language, ayahuasca, and telepathy. A few interesting quotes from this talk include: “I don't see an intellect outside of space and time guiding things, and certainly not watching with baited breath the machinations of the human monkeys. I mean, nobody has time for that kind of thing.” AND “The universe is a self-creating mystery of some sort.” AND “Maybe reality is a far more perishable concept than we ever dared or feared to suppose.”

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517-TMcKenna: "Our Cyberspiritual Future" Part 3

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:31:16 -0700

We pick up today with the third installment of the August 1997 Terence McKenna workshop. One of his more interesting revelations has to do with his high school Christmas vacation trip to Berkeley where he experienced cannabis for the first time and discovered that on pot he could perform feats of oratory to wow his listeners, and for which we are all grateful. He also tells the famous story of the 55 gallon drum of DMT that mysteriously disappeared from a U.S. Army truck, which was the source of his first DMT experience and which he talks about in detail. Later in his talk, Terence gives one of his most rhapsodic paeans to DMT that I've yet heard. He also gives a good explanation of why one should beware of the dreaded underdose. Interesting quotes from this talk include: “The only path in to the supernormal that I've found are the psychedelics. Everywhere else I found chicanery and fraud.” AND “What the alien needs to manifest among us is a suitable landing zone.” AND “In a sense, the Internet is a net to catch an alien.”

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516-TMcKenna: "Our Cyberspiritual Future" Part 2

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:13:46 -0700

Today we pick up with the second session of an August 1997 Terence McKenna workshop. One of the stories told here by Terence that I haven't heard before is about his encounter with a Jackalope in the garden at Esalen. His speculation as to what may have actually happened is also amusing. He also speculates about the possibility of the existence of some unknown power on the planet that can manipulate your mind, and that calling it the unconscious might make you feel more comfortable with it than you should. Two of my favorite quotes from today's podcast are: “The real news is no one is in control, not the central bank, not the Jews, not the communist party, not the pope. Nobody's in control.” AND “If you want to talk to the Dali Lama close the door of your bedroom and have a dialogue with the mirror. You're as good as the Dali Lama for crying out loud. Who could suppose otherwise?”

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515-TMcKenna: "Our Cyberspiritual Future" Part 1

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:31:22 -0700

In this first of a multi-part series, Terence McKenna begins by telling of his first hunting experience, which taught him how uncomfortable a culture can become. This workshop was held in early August 1997 with a group of about 25 people. In this introductory session he also spoke about Marshall McLuhan's idea that nation states and democracies could only exist within a print culture. In speaking about psychedelic medicines he said, “What psychedelics are about is deconditioning all of these culturally induced, sensory biases and idealogical biases, basically it reshuffles the intellectual and sensory deck. And it's a wonderful, salutary thing to come along for Western culture at this moment because we're basically running out of intellectual steam. Technology is moving ahead lickety split without looking over its shoulder, but our social systems, our religious ontologies, our theories of polity, city planning, community, resource sharing, all of this is 19th Century at best. And so, really whether we live or perish as a species probably has to do with how much consciousness we can raise from any source available.”

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514-TMcKenna: "Anarchy Is The Ideal"

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:07:57 -0700

Today we finally reach the end of the December 1989 workshop led by Terence McKenna. One of his more surprising personal revelations was that at one point in his life he wanted simply to teach French poetry at a girls' school. He also talks about what he thinks will happen in 2012 and what he would have done had he lived that long. One of my favorite quotes from this talk is: “Democracy is this innate belief in people. It's a psychedelic way of doing it. It's the closest we can get to anarchy. Anarchy to my mind is, of course, the ideal. But anarchy has to be mediated with policy, and the way you do that is through democracy.”

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513-TMcKenna: "An Ocean of Ideas"

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:27:29 -0700

We get quite a wide range of the ideas of Terence McKenna in today's podcast. He talks about how to change the mind of a skeptic in just 15 minutes, gives a detailed description of the psychedelic experience, and speculates that gnomes are future humans who live underground. Also, for the first time that I've heard him say it, Terence tells us what the claim was was that first got him “hot-footing down there to see what was going on [in the Amazon.]” One of his more interesting quotes from this talk is: “The really important thing that can be done with psychedelics, in a generalized sense, is that they are inspiration for ideas. And when you sail out into the psychedelic dimension you are sailing out onto an ocean of ideas.”

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512-Various: "California Prop 64 is a TRAP"

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:47:46 -0700

Today's podcast features insights from Ellen Brown and Latitia Pepper in regards to California's upcoming ballot measure Proposition 64. As you will hear, this measure will eliminate the current medical marijuana laws in the state. And while anyone over the age of 21 will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, the days of medical patients going to a local dispensary will be over. Also, medical patients will need to obtain a new recommendation by January 1, 2018, and that can ONLY come from your personal physician . . . PLUS you will need to purchase a $100 permit to be a medical patient, but you will have no rights that anyone over 21 also has. This is a terrible proposition that basically puts Monsanto in charge of the marijuana business in California. Vote NO on Prop 64.

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511-Davis: "Psychedelic Book of the Dead"

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:13:46 -0700

Today's podcast features a talk that was given by Erik Davis in which he unravels the history of both the Tibetan Book of the Dead and its psychedelic sister, the Psychedelic Experience, that was written by Leary, Alpert, and Metzner during their infamous Harvard years. Erik Davis, who holds a Ph.D. from Rice University's Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism program, is a well known author and lecturer who has written books such as Techgnosis and Led Zeppelin IV.

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510-Nutt: "Do Psychedelics Matter?"

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 15:13:55 -0700

Today's podcast features the 2016 talk that Professor David Nutt gave at the annual Glastonbury Festival. His topic was “Do psychedelics matter?”. Although demonised, and attracting severe criminal penalties for users during the half century of the “war on drugs”, psychedelics are now undergoing a renaissance – both in terms of scientific research and in people’s personal and spiritual worlds. It is once again a time of oriented explorations of the mystery of consciousness. As we all know, when it comes to the war on drugs, “the emperor has no clothes”, and there is no one in a better position to say this than a man who once was the UK's “Drugs Czar” but who lost his position when he began speaking the truth about drugs and refused to continue supporting the establishment's party line.

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509-Ott: "The Pharmacratic Inquisition"

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:41:54 -0700

In today's podcast Jonathan Ott unfolds a parade of history setting out the use and prohibition of psychedelic medicines throughout the course of human history. Although this talk was originally given at a 1996 entheobotany conference, it remains as current as if it were given yesterday. After Jonathan describes human uses of psychoactive plants stretching back into prehistory, he goes on to explain how what he calls “the overdeveloped world” has used religious morality to impose a pharmacratic inquisition that has essentially caused “the spiritual bankruptcy of our Western Civilization.”

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508-Garfield: "Techno-Shamanism"

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:11:04 -0700

Today's program features Michael Garfield who went to school for paleontology and then psychology before leaving academia to embark on a decade-long "trans-disciplinary" independent study of the intersections between art, science, and philosophy. As an experimental acoustic-electronic guitarist-singer-songwriter, as a scientific illustrator turned performance painter, and as a writer and speaker, Michael's work is an attempt to help articulate a vision for the best possible future for us – one that doesn't suffer the insane delusions of our separation from nature, technology, and each other. According to Cap Blackard, writing for “Consequence of Sound” this talk by Micheal rates in the top 25 of the 333 performances at this year's version of the Future Music/Future Thought Festival. He goes on to say: "Easily the most mind-opening presentation Moogfest 2016 had to offer – a multidisciplinary monologue that rivaled Brian Eno’s Moogfest 2011 keynote for all the unexpected twists and turns it took. This one-man show saw artist-musician Michael Garfield take a captive audience on a vision-quest through the lands where metaphysics and emerging technology meet. Make no mistake – it was a ramble, but an insightful and fascinating one from start to finish that traveled from the ancient dragon god Tiamat to the Victorians laying the transatlantic telegraph cable to the Manhattan Project givin[...]

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507-Home: "Certified Natural Cannabis"

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:25:32 -0700

Today's podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and a cannabis grower in the State of Washington, where both medical and recreational cannabis are now legal. Among other things, we learn how cannabis can be grown without the use of any chemicals to keep the pests away, thus providing their customers with truly healthy medicine. We also learn about an organization named Certified Natural Cannabis, which is uniting farms that use clean cultivation techniques and that meet or exceed national organic standards. Their mission is to keep cannabis nontoxic and to represent producers and products that use no synthetic chemicals.

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