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Podcast 414 – “The Entheogenic Singularity”


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

Dr. Bruce Damer delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

PROGRAM NOTES:

[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

The main survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, and an optional open-ended section could take another 10-15 minutes.

If you have previously completed a Johns Hopkins survey of “bad trips” on psilocybin mushrooms (aka. magic mushrooms or shrooms), please Do Not complete this survey.

This is a questionnaire study of bad trips on psilocybin mushrooms — psychologically difficult or challenging experiences while under the influence of mushrooms. This research study is being conducted by scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been approved by the Johns Hopkins University Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB application number for this research study is NA_00080653. Dr. Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator for this research study. Detailed information about the study is provided in the next few pages. If you need further information please contact ShroomSurvey (at) gmail (dot) com

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Podcast 400 – “Time Travel, Psychedelics, & Physics”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna at home in Hawaii

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We can step out of the assumption of a universal history in which we’re trapped, and realizing this is the beginning of a kind of liberation.”

“Our assumptions are the edges of our worlds.”

“When we really understand time travel we may find out it’s as common as dirt and has been going on all around us is all kinds of physical processes.”

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Podcast 395 – #WaveOfAction


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Guest speakers: Various

#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.

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Actify ~ Wave of Action ~ 4.4.14

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Dwayne Hoover’s Podcast

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Podcast 388 – “Wherever You Are, Be There!”


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Guest speaker: Dr. George Greer

Dr. George Greer, M.D. delivering his 2013 Palenque Norte lecture

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by George Greer.]

“Meaning: the final addiction!”

“Meaning is suffering.”

“How do you feel your experience would be different if you ‘understood’ the universe? How would your experience be different from right now?”

“My thought about MDMA is that it blocks the fear response to a perceived emotional threat.”

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GEORGE R. GREER, MD
Co-Founder, Medical Director, Secretary of the Heffter Research Institute


Spheres & Constellations by Farthest South

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Podcast 387 – “February 1994 Workshop Introduction”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The pool at the Chan Kha Hotel near the ruins at Palenque, Mexico. The far end of the pool is where Terence Mckenna often lectured.

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“Psychedelics, by metling assumptions, by destroying the expectations of rigid educations creates a fluidity of possibility that may allow answers to emerge. And it’s the only thing that I’ve seen that operates on a time scale sufficiently short to have an impact.”

“Language is a strategy for binding time.”

“The other thing is that biology works. It’s very successful. It’s been around more than a billion years. Civilization doesn’t work. It’s been around 10,000 years, and it’s on the brink of meltdown.”

“We fabricate ideas out of matter. No other creature does that.”

“One of the unique things that is happening on the planet is that the fate of all life is becoming hinged to the decisions made by a single species.”

“If there’s not free will, then thinking is meaningless.”

“But all we have to do is hit one speed bump, and democratic values are down the drain.”

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Podcast 381 – “A Stiff Dose of Psychedelics”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna ... photo credit: Steve Marshank

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“[It is] a race between education and disaster.

“We’re going to either burst out into a millennium of freedom and caring and decency, or we’re going to toxify the whole thing and turn it into an ash heap. And the responsibility falls largely on us.”

“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.”

“Until I went into therapy I thought I had the most ordinary family in the world, and then once you’re in therapy you discover that it was the most insane scene you’d ever heard of, and you just didn’t notice.”

“Science fiction I really consider a proto-psychedelic drug, because what science fiction does is it gives permission to imagine.”

“We can’t preach to the have-nots the virtue of voluntary simplicity when we’re riding around in BMWs and collecting Monets. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

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Podcast 378 – “A Psychedelic Point of View”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“A psychedelic point of view means a point of view which honors consciousness.”

“You do not measure the depth of a universal mystery with the neural network of a primate.”

“Our role is not to understand but to appreciate.”

“It’s ridiculous to attempt to seize the tiller of reality, because we don’t even know where we want to go.”J

“We extract the poetry from being by the assumption of the mundane.”

“Once nature is taken as the ground of being then permission to inflate the image of the ego is denied.”

“Intuition must be given prominence in the rearrangement of our relationship with the world.”

“Science is really the, it’s the plumbing level of reality. It doesn’t catch the integrated nature of language, the evolution of fairy tales, the dynamics of love affairs, the quintessence of genius, these are the things, that as human beings, structure and constellate and guide and inform our world. And science has nothing to say about these things.”

“Intuition is the unifying of experience into a gestalt image of the world.”

“We are much more suited for dancing than for whatever it is that we have been doing.”

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Podcast 377 – “An Ecology of Souls”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“In the matter of deeper things, deductive reasoning rests only on the appeal that hope can lend to its case.”

“In the felt domain of experience called ‘living’, intuition is how most of us, even the most self-defined as non-intuitional, are operating.”

“[Nature] seeks to maximize cooperation, connectedness, mutual interdependability is the thing which holds the whole thing together. And the species that is most successful is not the species that can dominate all others, it’s the species that can make itself indispensable to all others.”

“Culture, as it is in a sense, the software of the infrastructure of the global civilization, which is the hardware.”

“Culture can be redefined as software and radically re-written so that it runs much more smoothly.”

“I did not say that we were software or hardware. We are neither. We are the user, and this is the important thing to remember. We are not scripting ourselves into some kind of machine future. We are designing the future that we want to have rather than allowing the blunders of our grandparents to dictate the kind of future we will have.”

“To offer instead a potential calendar in celebration of flux, change, growth, and feminism, which are the values that are going to have to be maximized if we are going to open a dialogue with our souls and [the] soul of the planet and save ourselves from the lethal momentum that so many hundreds of years of dominator culture have imparted to the machinery of our civilization. We must awaken.”

“The path out of the Dark Wood in which we find ourselves is cognition, thought, getting smart fast. We have to dance, sing, calculate, and drum our way out of the circumstances into which we have fallen.”

“To the degree that we can celebrate the irrational, the feminine, the unconscious, the transpersonal, and even the psychedelic, to the degree that we can celebrate these things we are giving permission for the order that is in nature to manifest. The plan wants to come to be. We have to get out of the way.”

“Life is some kind of opportunity. It’s an opening between unbridgeable chasms of the unknown. And yet, out of chaos, for twenty, forty, seventy years we come into a domain of immense opportunity. It is a conundrum. It is a puzzle. It is something to be figured out.”

“The path with heart is the path which astonishes.”

“All of our technology is an excretion of the imagination. All of our technology is the condensation of ideological intention.”

“My own private opinion about this is, I think that what psychedelics in these high-dose, correct set/setting situations carry us into is an ecology of souls. . . . Those ‘things’ in that place are our ancestors.”

“Do we know what we behold? We need to know what we behold because inevitably we become what we behold.”

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Podcast 374 – “Bootstrapping Ourselves”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Ego is the absolute impediment to Tao.”

“We live in a domain of triviality that we have created.”

“Do we embody the radiant correctness of what we say we are pursuing.”

“I see the psychedelic experience as a birthright, and we can’t have a free society until people are free to explore their own mind.”

“I’m as against restricting access to drugs as I am to burning books. It offends me in the same way.”

“If you’re interested in drugs, the first stop is the library. And it’s a long stop. And you educate yourself.”

“In order to be free I must not believe anything. Then all things can be freely commanded in the mind.”

“It takes months to assimilate a large psychedelic trip.”

“I think the worst thing you can do is diddle with low doses. The nibblers of this world are no friends of mine. It should be overwhelming, and it should be an act of courage”

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Book mentioned in this podcast

Amazing Dope Tales
by Stephen Gaskin


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Podcast 368 – “Psychedelics and the Feminine”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort.”

“It is curious that what these psychedelics do, on a scale of a community, is they release new ideas. . . . And that this is how culture moves forward. That culture is a phenomenon dependent on the generation of ideas, plans, notions, connections. So this is precisely what these compounds are doing.”

“What is always left out of descriptions of the psychedelic state, the deep psychedelic state, is how weird it is.”

“I finally realized that this ‘place’ that I kept bursting into [on a psychedelic experience] was somebody’s idea of a playpen.”

“We [psychonauts] are all going to go into the books as pioneers, because it’s too early for us to be anything else. There’s no map, no finished database, just anecdotes of the crazy, crazy stuff that goes on. That’s why it’s so important to try and share [our stories].”

“The world isn’t this unbelievably strange thing which is ‘out there’. The world is this stranger-than-we-can-suppose thing which begins from the core of us out. That means nothing can be taken for granted. It can be taken apart. It can be put together many, many ways.”

“[DMT] is pure, one hundred per-cent magic. MAGIC. It’s not a drug. It’s an event. It’s not something you do. It’s something that happens to you.”

McKenna also describes a DMT experience as, “A collision with another modality.”

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Books Mentioned in this podcast

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
Riane Eisler


The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion (Cornell paperbacks)

The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens (American Lecture Series)
Richard Evans Schultes

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Christian Rätsch

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