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Podcast 385 – “Current Psychedelic Research”

Guest speaker: Roland Griffiths
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Dr. Roland Griffiths delivering a Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

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Today’s podcast features a talk given by Roland Griffiths, who is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition to describing the current psychedelic studies being undertaken there, he also goes into detail about exactly what characteristics researchers consider when evaluating whether a person has actually had a spiritual experience. Among the research participant’s comments that he read, one of the most common themes was the interconnectedness of all things and beings. Also, he spoke about their research into the character of one’s personality in regards to how a psychedelic experience affected their openness to the experiences of life. Another interesting thing that his research group is investigating is the intersection of psilocybin and meditation, a discussion of which takes up a significant part of this talk.

“Psilocybin is a pharmacological tool that helps people recognize how it feels to embody the present moment. And that’s exactly the same of meditation. It’s about bringing yourself into the present moment.”
-Roland Griffiths

Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin & Spirituality

Current Psilocybin Research Projects

Q&A with Roland Griffiths

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Podcast 363 – “A Venice Beach Salon”

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff and Robert Forte
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This is a recording from the spring of 2006, at Kathleen’s Salon in Venice Beach, California, where Robert Forte and Myron Stolaroff came to tell their stories about the recent festivities in Basil, Switzerland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. After telling a little about the Hofmann event, Myron read part of the talk that he gave in Basil. From there, the conversation ranged widely, eventually ending with an argument about the Kennedy assassination.

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Podcast 235 – Osmond, Stolaroff, & Hubbard Discuss Psychedelics

Guest speakers: Myron Stolaroff, Humphry Osmond, & Al Hubbard
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On October 30, 1964, Dr. Humphry Osmond, Myron Stolaroff, Willis Harman, and Al Hubbard took LSD together. The next day they discussed what was learned. This is a recording of that gathering, and it is the first of the recovered recordings from The Stolaroff Collection, hosted at Erowid.org.

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Podcast 232 – “Fisher, Stolaroff, and Al Hubbard”

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Guest speakers: Myron Stolaroff and Gary Fisher
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The following is my video recording of this talk.

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This is a conversation that took place between Myron Stolaroff, Gary Fisher, and a group of friends at the legendary salon that Kathleen hosted on the third Friday of every month in Venice Beach, California.

Myron Stolaroff and Gary Fisher
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Podcast 207 – “A Tribute to Alan Watts”

Guest speakers: Dr. John Lilly, Laura Huxley, and others
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This podcast begins with a short clip of Alan Watts speaking about human consciousness. Then we join Dr. John Lilly, Laura Huxley, and a few other friends who are discussing the life of Alan Watts a few months after his death in November 1973.

Alan Watts in Wikipedia

The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
List of books by Alan Watts

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Podcast 200 – “A Few Words From Our Elders”

Guest speakers: Gary Fisher, Sasha Shulgin, Ann Shulgin, Myron Stolaroff, Baba Ram Das, Timothy Leary, and Terence McKenna
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SASHA SHULGIN:
“So I looked upon these materials as being catalytic, not productive, they do not do what occurs, they allow you to express what is in you that you had not had the ability to get into and express yourself without the help of the material.”
Scanned image of the copy of Saint Veronica's Veil that was used at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Menlo Park, CA during psychedelic research sessions in the 1960s.
“My main argument for continuing to use the term [psychedelic] is that people may not approve of what you’re working in or what you’re saying, but at least they know what you’re talking about.”

ANN SHULGIN:
“My interest in these compounds is that they let you open up the doors inside your own psyche. They allow things to be more obvious, more apparent than the conscious mind usually lets them be.”
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Podcast 172 – “The State of LSD in 2003″

Guest speakers: Earth & Fire Erowid, Ralph Metzner, Stanislav Grof, Nick Sand, and Dave Nichols
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Erowid’s LSD Vault LSD and Drug Testing

LSD FAQ Part 1 LSD FAQ Part 2

Mind States 2003: LSD Panel with Myron Stolaroff, Nick Sand, Dave Nichols, Ralph Metzner, Stanislav Grof, Earth Erowid, and Susan Blackmore“I believe it’s true to say that everyone who has experienced LSD or another psychedelic would look on that experience, especially the first one, as a major life-changing event.” –Ralph Metzner
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Podcast 154 – “Mind States 2003 LSD Panel”

Guest speakers: Nick Sand and Myron Stolaroff
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[The following quotations are by Nick Sand.]

Lorenzo, Usha and Nick Sand“This process of sharing through language our inherited ability to manipulate first stone tools, then concepts and symbols through language and printing, and then moving into the networking of electronic and virtually instantaneous world wide communication, are three quantum leaps of exponential increase in consciousness.”

“The continuity of these constructs through which we perceive the world is what we call tradition.”
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Podcast 092 – “Lone Pine Stories” (Part 3)

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff
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(Minutes : Seconds into program)

Myron Stolaroff and Lorenzo at the Stolaroff's home in Lone Pine02:29 Myron Stolarofftalks about writing “The Secret Chief”, a biography of Leo Zeff.

06:06Lorenzodescribes Dr. Michael Mitthoefer’s research where he is using MDMA to treat victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

12:52 Myron tells how he strikes up conversations about psychedelics with strangers he meets while traveling.

18:00 Myron: “The DEA, they’ve been the toughest ones. To a man they’re really refuting these things with all the power that they have, and they’re not interested in learning anything about them. They’re not interested in learning if anything [positive] is possible.”
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Podcast 084 – “Lone Pine Stories” (Part 2)

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff
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Myron Stolaroff and Lorenzo in Lone Pine, California - Novermber 2006
03:48 Myron Stolaroff:
“After I’d had LSD, there wasn’t anything that could come anywhere close to it. That was the most remarkable thing in my whole life.”

04:34 Myron talks about his meetings with Aldous Huxley.

07:39 Myron talks about Meduna’s mixture, carbogen.

09:42 Myron explains what a carbogen experience was like.

16:15 Why some people don’t seem to have a positive experience with psychedelics.
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