Podcast 407 – “The Evolutionary Importance of Technology”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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The Shulgin Memorial

Saturday, August 2, 2014
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Information is just simply bootstrapping itself to higher and higher levels of self-reflection and self-coordination using whatever means are necessary.”

“It’s our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It’s not our political systems.”

“Everything will come true in cyberspace. That’s the whole idea. What cyberspace is, on one level, it’s simply the human imagination vivified, hardwired.”

“In a sense, what’s happening is that the unconscious mind is a luxury the human species cannot afford at this point in our dilemma, and so the unconscious mind is simply rising into consciousness by being hardwired into this global infrastructure.”

“The thing that excites me about these informational technologies is I think we are going to be able to use virtual reality to show each other the insides of our own heads.”

“The most beautiful things in the universe are inside the human mind.”

“The human brain is the god of technological innovation.”

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Podcast 406 – “Psychedelic Research Discussion Panel”

Guest speakers: Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes
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Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia<br />
Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes on the Psychedelic Research Panel for the 2013 Palenque Norte Lectures at Burning Man

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This program features a recording of a panel discussion and Q&A session that took place at the 2013 Burning Man Festival with three people who are currently on the front lines of psychedelic research: Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes. This is an overview session covering a wide range of psychedelic research currently underway. Their detailed talks about their work is available in earlier podcasts.

Dr. Roland Griffiths

Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin & Spirituality

Current Psilocybin Research Projects

Q&A with Roland Griffiths

Dr. Alicia Danforth

MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

Gabrielle Agin-Liebes

NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study

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Podcast 405 – “Marijuana At Your Corner Store”

Guest speaker: Sarah Lovering
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The Palenque Norte Lecture Hall at Camp Soft Landing in Black Rock City 2013

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Today we travel back in time once again to the 2013 Burning Man Festival where Sarah Lovering gave a Palenque Norte Lecture detailing her work with the Marijuana Policy Project. It was MPP that led a coalition of cannabis activists over a several year period leading up to the legalization referendum in Colorado. Sarah not only explains how that campaign unfolded, but she goes on to describe the community’s long term plans for the ultimate legalization of cannabis in the U.S.

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Podcast 404 – “A Survey of Shamanic Options”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna . . . photo source: Dennis McKenna

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During the 1980′s, before the birth of the Web, Terence McKenna’s workshops were just about the only source of information about psychedelics that reached the streets. While there was some information about psychoactive plants available in professional journals and university libraries, it took Terence to pull out this information and repackage it for the rest of us. In this June 1989 workshop, he does what he did best back then, give us a detailed inventory, continent by continent, of the psychoactive plants native to each area, along with a brief history of how humans interacted with them in the distant past.

[The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can’t sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten.”

“In a way, this is a definition of shamanism. A shaman is a person who by some means has gotten out of their own culture.”

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Podcast 403 – “Sasha Shulgin: In His Own Words”

Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin
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Sasha Shulgin

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On June 2, 2014 Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin passed on to his next adventure. Although this podcast is a tribute to his life and work, I have decided to let it be told mainly in his own words. First you will hear the audio portion of a video tribute to Ann and Sasha Shulgin. Following that is a short interview of Sasha that was conducted by Terence McKenna. In closing I play the famous talk that Sasha gave at the 1983 Psychedelics and Spirituality Conference.

A Tribute to the Shulgins

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Podcast 402 – “Global Psychedelic Research Update”

Guest speaker: Rick Doblin
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Rick Doblin from the May 20, 1985 edition of the New York Magazine

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.]

“Once you’ve produced the scientific data that’s necessary to make a drug into a medicine, you’ve gone a long way towards mainstreaming the acceptance of these drugs as having beneficial properties. And then the step to legalization is not that far behind that.”

“The government has a monopoly on the supply of marijuana that you can use in FDA-approved research. So even though there are 20 states and the District of Columbia [that have legalized medical marijuana], and there’s marijuana everywhere, we’ve spent seven years trying to get 10 grams of marijuana for vaporizer research. We’re the only people in America that can’t get 10 grams of marijuana.”

“We are all dying and we all have some anxiety about it. And so people are more scared of dying than they are of drugs. If we can show that people who are facing death can be assisted with psychedelics that’s a powerful message.”

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“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” (video)

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Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin gently
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Many loving thoughts to his family.

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Podcast 401 – “Surveillance and Revolution”

Guest speakers: Glenn Greenwald and Stefan Molyneux
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“What the NSA has done is essentially converted the Internet from this unprecedented zone of freedom into the most powerful means of surveillance ever known in human history.” -Glenn Greenwald

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Stefan Molyneux.]

“If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t get to print money for war. You don’t get to have money for a prison/industrial complex. You don’t get money for a war on drugs. You have to ask the people.”

“So bitcoin gives us an opportunity to reclaim the power of the people to say yes or no to what the government claims that it wants to do.”

“Freedom for the government is enslavement for the people. When the government is free the people are enslaved. When the government is contained then the people are free.”

“To limit money is to limit political power.”

“If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t get to print money for war. You don’t get to print money for a prison/industrial complex. You don’t get to print money for a war on drugs. You have to ask the people.”

“When you give government the power to control the money supply, it grows like a tumor until it extinguishes society itself.”

“There is going to be enormous amounts of resistance to the adoption of bitcoin, but I really believe that it’s about the most peaceful revolution that we can have in this world.”

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Podcast 400 – “Time Travel, Psychedelics, & Physics”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna at home in Hawaii

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can step out of the assumption of a universal history in which we’re trapped, and realizing this is the beginning of a kind of liberation.”

“Our assumptions are the edges of our worlds.”

“When we really understand time travel we may find out it’s as common as dirt and has been going on all around us is all kinds of physical processes.”

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Podcast 399 – “We Are At The Cutting Edge”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Bruce Damer, Terence McKenna, and Robert Venosa

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The moment is where we spend most of our time.”

“Reality is a term that if it’s used at all it’s used in philosophy, in ontology, in epistemology. It is not a concept that you hear very often on the lips of scientists.”

“The ‘fallacy of misplaced concreteness’ is the belief that there is something, somewhere which is real, which can be depended upon, which everything else can be referenced back to. And as long as you are victim of this fallacy you are philosophically naive and probably not at ease psychologically.”

“The ego is this strange transference of loyalty from the group to the self, the individual body.”

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