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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


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

“The introduction of LSD and psychedelics into the culture produced a transformation of the entire culture, the consciousness of the culture.” –Ralph Metzner

“The first note in that octave [of our cultural transformation], the do, was the discovery of LSD by Albert Hofmann in 1943.” –Ralph Metzner

“Just as Hitler used the Reichstag burning, the U.S. government now uses the so-called two wars, the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism, to fuel fear in the population and establish a police security state.” –Ralph Metzner

“It [the prohibition of psychedelics] puts the industrial civilization in a very unique position. It’s just about the only society in the whole history of humanity that doesn’t have any use for non-ordinary states of consciousness.” –Stanislav Grof

“We have to recognize that spirituality is a legitimate dimention in the psyche. It’s a legitimate dimention in the universal scheme of things. It doesn’t mean that you are superstitious, that you are in to magical, primitive thinking, if you take spirituality seriously.” –Stanislav Grof


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The Psychedelic Party of Israel

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Podcast 104 – “Consciousness Isn’t What It Seems To Be”

Guest speaker: Susan Blackmore


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03:30 Jon Hanna introduces Susan Blackmore

08:04 “A lot of people kind of think that scientists like myself are kind of pushing the problem [of what is consciousness] away, some are, but there’s a huge excitement about what we do with this mystery, and it’s a very strange mystery indeed.”

09:22 “That’s what we mean by consciousness, in contemporary science, what it’s like for you.”

09:38 Susan talks about ‘the great chasm’ between mind and brain, sometimes called the ‘fathomless abyss’ . . . “It’s the chasm between subjective, how it is to me, and objective, how we believe it must be in the real physical world. Don’t underestimate this problem.”

11:48 “So that’s the sense in which I mean consciousness might be an illusion: not what it seems to be.”

18:48 Susan begins her discussion about free will.

24:34 “You can see the readiness potential building up in someone’s brain a long time, a long time in brain terms, before they know they are spontaneously and freely act.”

26:56 “We can believe that free will is an illusion. That’s my preferred solution. I don’t want to press it on you, but it seems this way: When you look at these results, and many other results too, consciousness just doesn’t seem to be the thing that starts things off.”

51:07 “I suggest, that when you’re walking around in your ordinary life, just realize how much you are not seeing, but you are not seeing it all.”


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Books discussed in this podcast

The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore

Consciousness: An Introduction by Susan Blackmore

Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human by Susan Blackmore

Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett

Susan Blackmore’s books on

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Podcast 023 – Mind States IV (2003) Sound Bites

Guest speakers: Susan Blackmore, V.S. Ramachandran, Richard Glen Boire, John Gilmore, Ralph Metzner, and Jaron Lanier


Here are a few samples from the 2003 Mind States conference that was held in Berkeley, California in May of that year. Sound bites from the following talks are included here:

Susan Blackmore:“The Grand Illusion of Consciousness”
V.S. Ramachandran: “What Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature”
Richard Glen Boire: “Neurocops: Welcome to the REAL Drug War”
John Gilmore: “Our Constitutional Rights of Anonymous Travel”
Ralph Metzner: “Seven Phases of Social-Cultural Transformation Catalyzed by LSD”
Jaron Lanier: “Post-Symbolic Communication”


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Mind States Conference Central

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