Podcast 438 – Annual Fund Drive & Book Announcement

Guest speaker: Lorenzo
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Fund drive status 01

PROGRAM NOTES:

It has been one year since our last fund raising effort, which means that the time has come once again to see if there is enough support for these podcasts to keep them going for another year. As I did last year, I will update the graphic that you see here to display the progress of our campaign.
This year, in the way of saying thank you for your donation, everyone will receive the same gift, no matter the size of your donation. And that gift coincides with the announcement of a new edition of my psychedelic novel, The Genesis Generation. Not only is this edition being published in paperback, the final chapter has been rewritten to close up the loose ends that were originally planned on being revealed in the opening chapters of the next planned (but as yet unpublished) volume in the series. This new edition will be available on Amazon, and in bookstores, of course. However, everyone who makes a donation to this year’s Psychedelic Salon pledge drive will receive, via email, a printable PDF file of the complete book.

How you can support the Psychedelic Salon

There are many ways in which you can help with the work of preserving the many historical lectures that we podcast in the salon each week. Here are a few ideas about how you can help.

1. Tell your friends about the salon.

2. Link to us in your own Web site and in other online postings.

3. Add a comment on Amazon about The Genesis Generation (proceeds from book sales go directly to funding the salon podcasts.

4. Make a small financial contribution (Please note that your donation is not tax deductible, which means that PayPal will not allow the button below to say ‘donate’, even though you are actually making a non-tax deductible donation.):





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Lorenzo Hagerty
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Podcast 439 – “A Resolute Optimist of a Complicated Sort”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Now all that stands between us and some kind of angelic completion of some sort is the dark side of ourselves and the unpaid bills of the historical process.”

“I am a resolute optimist of a very complicated sort.”

“If you have the psychedelic experience in your inventory of experiences, you are able to make a different model of reality than if you lack it.”

“I don’t think that what the shaman is doing is something metaphorical, or analogical, or allegorical. What the shaman is doing is something real that is couched in a language that we find difficult to understand.”

“Consciousness seeks the shape of its vessel. It’s like water.”

“At the center of the archaic impulse is the shaman. At the center of the shaman’s understanding of the world is the boundary-dissolving experience of psychedelics.”

“I don’t believe me. I hated theology. And I think the way to keep it light is to not believe. I will attempt to convert you in the course of these meetings to all kinds of things that I don’t believe.”

“Ideology is poisonous. We’re not trying to figure out the best thing to believe. What we’re trying to do is not believe anything and somehow have a return to the direct empowering of common sense and common senses.”


The Genesis Generation: A psychedelic novel by Lorenzo

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Podcast 437 – “Integrating Sexuality & Spirituality”

Guest speakers: Yalila Espinoza & Shonagh Home
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Yalila Espinoza

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we feature a conversation about psychedelics, sexuality, and the dark side of ayahuasca tourism. The conversation is between two highly experienced medicine women, Shonagh Home and Yalila Espinoza, Ph.D. Yalila’s Ph.D. studies and diverse training in Integrating Sexuality & Spirituality have inspired her to create the Spiritual Erotic Awakening model ~ body centered practices that supports your connection with joy and sensual pleasure. She offers private coaching sessions, on-line IRIS training and a 7 wk ‘MIND YOUR HEART’ program that taps into your brilliant mind and activates heart centered creativity.

More info can be found at at yalila.com.

Shonagh Home
is a teacher, shamanic practitioner, and the author of
‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’
Love and Spirit Medicine,’
and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com
Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

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Podcast 436 – “Behind the Scenes at Burning Man”

Guest speakers: Marian Goodell & John Gilmore
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Christopher

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Marian Goodell.]

“I don’t think Burning Man is the solution. I think that we are a really powerful gravitational force, and mixed with other cultures and other groups, that’s what’s powerful.”

“The biggest problem I think Burning Man has is translating what people think is Burning Man into what really is Burning Man.”

“I want people to see Burning Man as really a state of mind in their heart.”

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Podcast 435 – “The Neuroscience of Music”

Guest speaker: Marina Korsakova
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Marina Korsakova & Bruce Damer at the 2014 Burning Man festival

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features the 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Dr. Marina Korsakova. Marina is a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception of melodic transformation. Currently, Marina teaches Music Cognition at Touro College. She performs regularly as a member of Union City Chamber Players, and she is an author of books and scientific papers. Her latest book, “Music as Magical Journey: A Story of Tonal Gravity, Melodic Objects, and Motion in Tonal Space,” makes a friendly introduction into the science of music.

COMMENTS by Marina Korsakova
When giving my talk, I was not always clear about important points.
Below are some elucidations and corrections.

7:05 When saying a “low level of music perception” I meant the low level of consciousness, which is required for processing the melodic elements that make music.

10:35 Vibration of a string (and an air column) generates a very long tail of soft sounds – overtones. But the consonant quality of different sounds is defined by the relationships among their strongest overtones – those overtones that are in the beginning of the overtone series.

11:58 The pleasant quality of consonant melodic elements (as compared to the dissonant) can be explained by the lesser cost of neuronal energy for their auditory processing. The economy happens thanks to the redundancy of important spectral information for the consonant sounds. Here we are dealing with the law of laziness: the less efforts for processing, the more pleasant an element of perception.

12:50 Music can have different layers of perception. Enjoyment with some of the layers may require an expert understanding, though the essence of emotional communication in music is available for everybody. It is the perception of music’s building material—the melodic elements—that does not require any intellectual efforts. We perceive melodic matter intuitively.

19:40 Everything around us and we ourselves are made of interactions of different force fields. Today we know four fundamental forces of nature: the gravitational force, strong interaction, electromagnetic force, and weak force.

22:40 “Sharing on the top” meant that music and psychotropic drugs might share the same neural substrate.

25:24 Our study found that people we no musical training can have fine understanding of the exquisite details of tonal field and even of musical styles. That data was illustrated with graphs (pictures).

27:05 Music can be explained as artful arrangement of levels of tonal energy along the arrow of time  

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Podcast 434 – “The Metaphysics of the Psychedelic Experience”

Guest speaker: Bernardo Kastrup
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Bernardo Kastrup

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Bernardo Kastrup.]

“It is not the mind that is in the body. It is the other way around. It’s the body that is in the mind.”

“In the same way that there is nothing to a whirlpool but water, I claim there is nothing to a brain-body system but consciousness.”

“The psychedelic trance allows us to ‘see the stars at noon’ because it simply eclipses the sun of egoic-awareness. It reduces the obfuscation and allows us to see more.”

“I believe that the key insight from the psychedelic experience, the key metaphysical insight about it, is not what the nature of the psychedelic realm is. In fact, I think the key insight is about the nature of our everyday reality.”

Bernardo Kastrup’s Web Site

Why Materialism Is Baloney: How true skeptics know there is no death and fathom answers to life, the universe, and everything by Bernardo Kastrup

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Podcast 433 – “Consciousness Browsers”

Guest speaker: Rak Razam
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Aya Awakenings by Rak Razam

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features Rak Razam’s 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture, which was originally titled “Cosmic Consciousness To Convergence: Activating the Species.” As you can see, I have shortened it to a phrase that Rak used in his talk, “Consciousness Browsers,” which is an excellent way to describe the psychedelic experience. During his talk, Rak ranges from a discussion of his research into the shamanic use of ayahuasca, to black holes, consciousness as a bit torrent, and the concept of a species swarm. One of my favorite quotes from this talk is: “The heroic thing really is doing what needs to be done, or discovering something of value, and bringing it back and sharing it with the tribe.”

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Podcast 432 – “GAPS, MAPS, and PTSD”

Guest speakers: Katie Tomlinson & Rachel Hope
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The Secret Chief Reveialed by Myron Stolaroff

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Today’s podcast features two of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were given at Burning Man in 2014. The first talk is by Katie Tomlinson, founder of GAPS, the psychedelic student organization at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. For anyone interested in establishing student groups on other campuses this talk has some great pointers for you . Following Katie’s talk we hear Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, introduce Rachel Hope, a participant in one of the MDMA studies sponsored by his organization. Rachel tells her amazing story of a very long struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the treatment being perfected by Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife Annie has cured her of PTSD.

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Podcast 431 – “That Voice In Your Head”

Guest speakers: Tom Barbalet & Heron Stone
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Dr. Bruce Damer's Down Under Levity Tour 2015

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features a conversation between fellow podcasters Tom Barbalet and Heron Stone. Their discussion centers on what we have all come to think of as that voice in our head. As you will hear, it may not be anything like what you think it is. As Heron Stone says, “The idea for me is really very simple, break the identification with the voice in your head. It’s not who you are. It’s just your language machine. And you’ll be in a much better position to evaluate your experience and formulate new actions if you language machine isn’t filling your head with a bunch of stupid, really bad ideas.”

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Podcast 430 – “The Danger is Madness”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Directed by Brett Harvey

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness.]

“The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.”

“LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”

“Matter is simply a concept. The world is made of language.”

“If you’re truly psychedelic the difference between living and dying is quite immaterial. No pun intended.”

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Directed by Brett Harvey


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