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Podcast 453 – “Palenque Norte Tribute to Sasha Shulgin”

Guest speakers: George Greer, John Gilmore, Rick Doblin, Annie Oak

Sasha Shulgin

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Today’s podcast features the tributes to Sasha Shulgin that were made at the Palenque Norte lectures during the 2014 Burning Man Festival. In addition to comments from the audience, we hear from Dr. George Greer (MDMA Researcher and Co-founder of the Heffter Research Institute), Rick Doblin PhD (President of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), John Gilmore (Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation), and Annie Oak (Co-founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress).

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The Shulgin Research Institute

Sasha Shulgin's Laboratory

Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate from George Wada on Vimeo.

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Podcast 414 – “The Entheogenic Singularity”

Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

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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Tom Riedel’s light show for this talk

Johns Hopkins “Bad Trip” Survey After Psilocybin Mushrooms 2014

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Podcast 409 – The Shulgin Memorial

Guest speaker: Friends of Ann & Sasha Shulgin

Images from the Shulgin Memorial

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On August 2, 2014, a memorial was held for Sasha Shulgin. In addition to several of the talks that were presented that afternoon, Bruce Damer captured a few sound bites from those in attendance. At the end of the podcast you will also hear a short segment from one of the famous “Ask the Shulgins” conversations.

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Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

By Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin

Tihkal: The Continuation

By Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin

The Shulgin Memorial (video)

Shulgin on Alchemy, Basel, 2006

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Webcast of the Shulgin Memorial Service

A memorial service to honor Dr. Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin (1925-2014) will be held in Berkeley on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

The webcast will begin shortly before 2pm Pacific time.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sasha-shulgin-memorial

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

Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin

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.

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A Tribute to the Shulgins

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Sasha

Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin gently
passed away, June 2, 2014.
Many loving thoughts to his family.
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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 274 – “Psychedelic Safety” plus “Borges and McKenna”

Guest speakers: Ann Shulgin and Dr. William Rowlandson

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“If you are going to experiment with a psychedelic of any kind, make sure you are depranil-free for at least five days, probably seven would be safer.”
-Ann Shulgin

“You don’t really need MDMA or a psychedelic to do [deep personal therapy]. … I think that until at least some of these materials become legal, don’t dismiss the possibilities of hypnotherapy doing exactly what you need and want.”
-Ann Shulgin

“As far as I’m concerned, there is no substitute for MDMA, because it is the insight drug. And it does this magical combination of allowing you to see inside without fear and hostility toward yourself. It has a beautiful, beautiful effect, and no other drug that we know of so far manages to do that.”
-Ann Shulgin

“[Our] paradox is the ceaseless, constant drive to understand something that is inherently un-understandable. Now, of course, the paradox lies in the fact that we understand it is not to be understood, and yet we understand that we continue to try to understand. It’s a beautiful paradox.”
– Dr. William Rowlandson

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2CT-7 Survey by Casey Hardison


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Podcast 257 – “Shulgin in Palenque 2001”

Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin


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In his next to last talk at the legendary Entheobotany Conferences in Palenque, Mexico, Sasha Shulgin holds forth on a host of topics ranging from his experiences in the navy during World War II, to how he first developed an interest in psychedelic chemistry, and on to a description of the processes and protocols he uses to develop new psychoactive compounds. The talk was given in January 2001.

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PIHKAL TIHKAL The Long Trip Sisters of the Extreme

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Podcast 227-Shulgin-Watts: “Sasha at MIT plus Alan Watts”

Guest speakers: Sasha Shulgin and Alan Watts

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[NOTE: The following quotations are by Sasha Shulgin.]

“So I look upon these materials [psychedelics] as being catalytic, not productive, they do not DO what occurs. The allow YOU to express what is in you that you had not had the ability to get to and express yourself without the help of a material.”

“I find that still the human animal is the only one that is really effective in evaluating and comparing these various psychedelic materials.”

[In testing a new substance] “You go with great caution. Decide what is the amount is that would have no effect and take one thousandths of that amount.”

“How does the mind work? What kind of a probe can you make to look at the function of the mind? To me, it’s going to be a psychedelic material, that has very little action in experimental animals, to look into actions in man that are not seen in experimental animals.”

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“Nature has mercifully arranged the principle of ‘forgettery’ as well as the principle of memory. … And you begin again. You see, it doesn’t matter in what form you begin. Whether you begin again as a human being, or as a fruit fly, butterfly, or a beetle, or a bird, it feels the same way that you feel now. So we’re really all in the same place.”

“So the possibility, even the imagination that there could be such an experience [of the end of the world] in the back of our heads, is the background which gives intensity to the sense that we call feeling good, feeling that it’s all right.”

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