Podcast 420 – “Grover Norquist at Burning Man”

Guest speaker: Grover Norquist
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Grover Norquist delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte lecture at Burning Man

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The final speaker at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures, which are held at Burning Man each year, was Grover Norquist. According to Wikipedia, “… he is an American political advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases and a co-founder of the Islamic Free Market Institute. A libertarian-leaning Republican, he is the primary promoter of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” While to those who haven’t yet had an opportunity to attend Burning Man, his attendance at such an event may seem unlikely, in the extensive Q&A that followed his brief talk, it is quite evident that he has many admirers on the playa. I think that you will be fascinated as he very candidly discusses not just tax matters but also touches on what he thinks about Burning Man itself, as well as his position regarding psychedelics, legalizing cannabis, and mandatory minimum sentencing.

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Podcast 419 – “A Conversation from the Margins”

Guest speakers: Lily Kay Ross & Nese Devenot
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Culture is not your friend
Photo credit: Randy Mayfield

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Today’s podcast features a conversation to Lily Kay Ross and Nese Devenot who pose a number of challenging questions. One of the issues they raise regards the reluctance of some of us in the psychedelic community to discuss some of the serious problems that arise out of a false sense of protecting the reputation of us all. Hopefully this will be the beginning of an ongoing discussion of this important topic.

Neşe Devenot
is a founder the Psychedemia psychedelics conference and a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies and teaches psychedelic philosophy and the literature of chemical self-experimentation.

Website: https://upenn.academia.edu/ndevenot
Contact: ndevenot (at) sas (dot) upenn (dot) edu

Lily Kay Ross
has her Masters in Divinity from Harvard. She is a writer, speaker, and coach, empowering the inner voices of women. She also offers integration coaching for people looking for support, accountability, and guidance in integrating psychedelic experiences. She hosts her own podcast, Across the Threshold and is writing her first book, Singing in the Dark.

Follow her on Twitter: @lilykayross

Website: www.LilyKayRoss.com
Contact: lilykayross (at) gmail (dot) com

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Podcast 418 – “Death By Astonishment”

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

“Every drug problem can usually be traced to a previous drug problem.”

“I think drugs are much safer than gurus.”

“I’ve never been absolutely certain that psychedelics have anything whatsoever to do with the spiritual quest.”

“Academic culture runs very heavily on alcohol.”

“It’s hard to live a life where you don’t eventually get your mind altered.”

“Anything which changes your mind can be abused as a drug.”
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Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.”

“Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.”

“I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.”

“Noting on Earth is as much like a man as a woman. We tend to forget this. And ego is not now a male problem. We are all completely infected by ego.”

“We do not have group values. The reason the planet is dying is because we cannot place the good of the group above our own desires, consistently.”

“The big news is that the rise of the ego has suppressed a portion of reality, which is that nature is an animate and minded thing of some sort.”

“Culture is the condensation of language.”

“Every society is based upon a lie of some sort.

“Drug smuggling is like assassination, if the government isn’t involved it never seems to really happen.”

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Podcast 416 – “McKenna: Psychedelics Are The Way Out”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Culture is the sanctioned virtual reality.”

“They try to tell you that you’re in a social contract, but when you ask to see your signature on the document they tell you that you were born into this contract. Well what the hell kind of contract is that? It means that you were born into a kind of enslavement to a linguistically powered paradigm, a virtual reality within which you will walk around your entire life.”

“The clue that something weird is going on on this planet is ourselves. Obviously! I mean, we are like a fart at the opera.”

“History is no longer rationally apprehendable by the systems which created it.”

“We’re taking bone marrow from the children of the future in order to keep a corpse alive.”

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Podcast 415 – “A Conversation About Peyote”

Guest speakers: Shonagh Home and Alyssum Old Coyote
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Today we join Shonagh Home in a conversation with Alyssum Old Coyote as they talk about peyote. In addition to describing the elements of a traditional peyote ceremony, we learn of the difficulties that Native American people have had in preserving these important ceremonies as well as stories about some of the astounding stories of healing that has been brought about through the proper use of the peyote plant.
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

Allysum Old Coyote
is a woman of prayer who leads peyote ceremony for her community. She is a master beader, wife and mother.

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Podcast 414 – “The Entheogenic Singularity”

Guest speaker: Bruce Damer
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Dr. Bruce Damer delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Bruce Damer.]

“Your brain has distinct pathways that outnumber the number of subatomic particles in the universe by a very large number. . . . Your brain is an information system that is bigger than the whole cosmos.”

“Your brain is reverberating the whole cosmos.”

“We are the great project of being.”

“It’s the informal experimenter (in their millions) that is the pioneering front edge of the science of psychedelics.”

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Podcast 413 – “Plant Medicines As Healing Agents”

Guest speaker: Shonagh Home, Neşe Devenot, & Lily Kay Ross
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We again join Shonagh Home, Neşe Devenot and Lily Kay Ross in a conversation centered on how plant and psychedelic medicines may used in ways that aid in healing and in improving self-awareness. Along the way we hear stories of some of the difficulties that they encountered not only as women in the psychedelic community, but also as young people coping with a rapidly changing world. And their discussion about ways in which some people use the power of psychedelics to manipulate (and in some cases even abuse) others is worth listening to more than once.
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

Neşe Devenot
is a founder the Psychedemia psychedelics conference and a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies and teaches psychedelic philosophy and the literature of chemical self-experimentation.

Website: https://upenn.academia.edu/ndevenot
Contact: ndevenot (at) sas (dot) upenn (dot) edu

Lily Kay Ross
has her Masters in Divinity from Harvard. She is a writer, speaker, and coach, empowering the inner voices of women. She also offers integration coaching for people looking for support, accountability, and guidance in integrating psychedelic experiences. She hosts her own podcast, Across the Threshold and is writing her first book, Singing in the Dark.

Follow her on Twitter: @lilykayross

Website: www.LilyKayRoss.com
Contact: lilykayross (at) gmail (dot) com

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Podcast 412 – “Permitting Smart People To Hope”

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

“What’s happening is that the computer is allowing us to go beyond the mathematical objects of Greek philosophy.”

“The unconscious of the species is actually being hard wired as an artifact. We’re pouring glass, and gold, and silicon down the microtubials of the racial imagination. And as it were, making a kind of casting of the state of the human imagination at the close of the millennium.”

“Technology is facilitating the drive toward community, at this incredibly accelerated rate..”

“The Earth is on the brink of the greatest change since the end of the mesozoic, but people don’t like to think about that because all they can think about is the possibility of personal extinction.”

“No one can run or program these vast networks except guys with ponytails.”

“My intuition was always that the psychedelic experience was a fractal anticipation of human history.”

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Podcast 411 – “Our Involvement With Matter”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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At the end of this talk Terence takes off on an interesting riff wherein he speculates that our life here on Earth may have something to do with us learning how to interact with matter as a preparation for some future existence in dimensions yet unknown. If, he postulates, we are the only intelligent species in the universe, then, he asks, don’t we have an obligation to announce ourselves to destinations that exist beyond the limits of our solar system.

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Being itself is some kind of opportunity.”

“Outlandish things are going on inside the psychedelic experience. It seems to imply the thing we had hardly dared hope, which is that the world is whatever you say it is, if you know how to say it right.”

“We have never taken the self-management of culture seriously.”

“I’m amazed at what thin soup is dished out as spiritual food.”

“It’s hard to take psychedelics. It’s not hard to sweep up around the ashram, but it’s hard to take psychedelics.”

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