Podcast 376 – “Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet”

We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Daniel Jabbour on April 13, 2014.

Celebrating The Life Of Daniel Jabbour: An Intersection Of Psychedelics, Activism And Technology

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Guest speaker: Daniel Jabbour
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Daniel Jabbour delivering his Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

For anyone under the age of 30, this may be the most important podcast in the salon. Daniel Jabbor is a young entrepreneur and drug policy activist who, among many other accomplishments, and in a very short period of time, founded the now 4,000+ strong Psychedelic Society of San Francisco. Today’s podcast features two of Daniel’s talks, one from the recent Palenque Norte Lecture Series at the 2013 Burning Man Festival, and another from a psychedelic conference at which he detailed some of the successes of the SSDP, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. No matter what your age, this is an important message for you to think about. If you know history, you know that quite often it is the young people who are the ones to change its course. These talks by Daniel Jabbor will give you more positive hope for the future than you have had in a long time.

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Daniel Jabbour.]

“The War on Drugs was started as a way to control and segregate various groups of society.”

“The drug war is increasingly a war on youth. Over 50% of marijuana arrests in this country [the U.S.] are people under 29 years old.”

“We desire to alter our state of consciousness. It’s an evolutionary thing.”

The Psychedelic Society of San Francisco

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the war on drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP comprises thousands of members at hundreds of campuses in countries around the globe.

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Podcast 397 – “Art and Other Disruptive Technologies”

Guest speakers: Joh Isaac Mitchell & Michael Goldstein
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A 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture (purposely blurred :-)

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Today we feature two interesting talks: Art as Technology and Crypto-anarchy. The first talk is from the 2013 Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the Burning Man Festival. And that story is followed by a concise explanation of how bitcoin technology evolved and that cryptocurrency is only the tip of its iceberg. And should you harbor fears that bitcoin is a government operation, there is this quote by Michael Goldsetin:
“Satoshi could have been an NSA backed totalitarian, but his protocol is strictly anarchist. He could have easily been paid by the government to create it, but he created something that the government itself cannot shut down. And the protocol itself is strictly anti-government in the sense that it does not allow for government.”

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Satoshi Nakamoto Institute


Cypherpunk in Wikipedia

A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto

Crypto Anarchy and Virtual Communities

John Gilmore on the Psychedelic Salon

Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson

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Podcast 396 – “A Freely Evolving Topology of Light & Sound”

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

“It is not that culture is evolving. The evolution of culture is an epiphenomena attendant upon the evolution of language. Language is the part of man that is evolving. Culture carries along.”

“I think people have a greater sensitivity to the mysteries of human interaction simply because so much LSD was taken in the Sixties.”

“The world is not nearly as chaotic and random as we suppose. We are actually trapped inside a giant organism. And it is not Gaia. That’s a much larger organism. We are trapped inside a large organism which is the human collectivity, and that’s why we are such different monkeys.”

“But really the psychedelic experience is like an intimation of immortality. And at varying distances in time from the point you occupy it shows you ever more vague intimations of the future, but they are there nevertheless.”

“What the psychedelics really do, I think, is release us from cultural machinery.”

“There is a potential for immortality, but it isn’t assured. It is something which comes to the courageous.”

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Podcast 395 – #WaveOfAction

Guest speakers: Various
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#WaveOfAction . . . Occupy Consciousness

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The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4, 2014 and runs through July 4, 2014. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. As our part in this WAVE, the salon will feature periodic reports from this global ripple in our species-consciousness. This is the first of those podcasts.

Actify ~ Wave of Action ~ 4.4.14

Video sources of audio segments

Dwayne Hoover’s Podcast

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“Mushroom Man” (download)

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Podcast 394 – “Shulgin Farm Research Update 2013″

Guest speaker: Paul Daley
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Today’s podcast features the 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture by Dr. Paul Daley in which he talks about Sasha Shulgin, his life and his work. Paul is one of the key people who has stepped in to consolidate and continue the experimental research begun by Dr. Shulgin. In addition to telling about Sasha’s chemical research, Dr. Daley also talks about some of the reasons Sasha has given for why he does what he does. And we also hear about some of the ongoing research taking place in Sasha’s laboratory, including research into a possible remedy for cluster headaches.

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Podcast 393 – “A Serious Look At Our Planetary Future”

Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck
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“If you step back from it and really think about what the mass media does on a global scale, the most significant thing it does is coordinate behaviour.” -Daniel Pinchbeck

Today we feature Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture. This talk/conversation took place late one night during the Burning Man Festival in the big tent at Camp Soft Landing, which hosted the annual lecture series. Prompted by questions from the audience, Daniel touches on a wide range of topics that included Rudolph Stiener, reincarnation, ecology, shamanism, mysticism, planetary crisis, morphagenic fields, and he even touches on Bitcoin.

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Podcast 392 – “MDMA and Autistic Adults: A New Research Study”

Guest speakers: Alicia Danforth & Charlie Grob
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Today’s podcast features a 2013 Palenque Norte lecture given by Alicia Danforth in which she tells about her work with the autistic community and their use of MDMA. Following that is a recording of a conversation with Alicia and Dr. Charlie Grob, who have just begun a new study to investigate the potential of using MDMA to help ease the social anxiety that is sometimes experienced by our friends and fellow saloners in the autistic community.

LINKS mentioned in this podcast:

Study Information: MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

“What Is Autism?” by Nick Walker

Exploring therapeutic effects of MDMA on post-traumatic stress

Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

Podcast Archive for Gary Fisher

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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Podcast 391 – “Nothing Lasts”

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

“I have been underwhelmed by the accomplishments of Indian spirituality, personally; overwhelmed by the accomplishments of Amazonian spirituality.”

“I’m also very suspicious of secrets. I mean, if you tell me one it’s finished. I took a pledge long ago to tell all secrets as quickly as possible. . . . Secrets are a way of controlling other people.”

“Post-historical existence would be non-linear. People would live in time the way now live in space.”

“That’s how I think of psychedelics. When I say boundary dissolution, the real boundaries I’m talking about are the boundaries of dimensionality. The way a shaman is able to do what shamans do is by transcending Newtonian space and time.”

“Here’s my model: The mind is like a crystal growing under pressure, and the pressure is the pressure of Newtonian space/time. And so the crystal grows and takes the shape of its confinement. But when you liquefy the crystal matrix with a psychedelic, it has another preferred geometry. And it unfolds into this second geometry. And the second and alternative geometry is more hyper-spacial. Culturally, our minds are confined by cultural pressure and cultural phase-space to reflect cultural concerns. . . . When you take a psychedelic and you dissolve the confinement . . . then it’s like taking [the mind] out of its box, and it can configure itself in a more comfortable geometry, and it’s free.”

“In a sense, chess is like good practice for shamanism, because good chess players see deeply into the future. That’s how you win chess games.”


Interview with Shonagh Home on Shamanic Freedom Radio

Podcast 360 with Shonagh Home – “Medicine Oracle & Spellbreaker”

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Podcast 390 – “Monogamy, Marriage, and Neurosis”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna . . . Photo credit: Steve Marshank

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“This nuclear family thing is, I think, part of the root of our problem, that it is an engine for the production of neurotic, dysfunctional people.”

“If guys really got as much sex as they think they want they would probably hand over the machinery of civilization without a fight.”

“I’m interested in the moral consequences of taking psychedelics.”

“Everything that is, is an anticipation of what will be.”


Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 389 – “Gathering Momentum for a Leap”

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

“The 20th century is a great gathering for a leap, and the 19th century was the century of the gentleman.”

“Whether we can actually make a new world is not clear because the momentum of the past is very great.”

“The bigger you build the bonfire of understanding the more darkness you reveal.”

“Belief is a curious reaction to the present at hand. It isn’t to be believed. It’s to be dealt with.”

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