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Podcast 336 – “2012 Re-visioned”

Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck

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This podcast features my friend Daniel Pinchbeck as our guest speaker. As you know, Daniel wrote a book titled “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl”, also, he is widely known as a speaker and writer about many things psychedelic and esoteric. However, I know him best as a fellow alumnus of the Entheobotany Seminars at Palenque, where Terence McKenna and his merry band of psychonauts would hold forth each January. In this talk, one that he gave at the Palenque Norte lectures during the 2012 Burning Man festival, Daniel follows the format of other psychedelic luminaries and lets the audience guide the direction of the lecture through their questions. Among other topics that Daniel covers are 2012, consciousness, the Occupy Movement, and possibilities for the future.

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Podcast 307 – “Palenque Entheobotany Seminars Remembered”

Guest speakers: Matt Pallamary, Wild Bill, & Bruce Damer

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Today’s program features, first of all, a conversation between Matt Pallamary and Wild Bill, who begin by reminiscing about the legendary Palenque Entheobotany Seminars, but who then go on to other wild tales, some of which may actually be true. After that is the first of our long-awaited Global Trialogues in which Bruce Damer answers a question from a young man in Australia.

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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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Podcast 271 – “Weaving Modern Ritual from Traditional Roots”

Guest speaker: Kathleen “Kat” Harrison

Big Island, Little Planet

March 17–28, 2012
A Travel Intensive in Polynesia on the Big Island of Hawaii
Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison and Hawaiian cultural teacher Momi Subiono will lead this travel intensive, open to all who have a desire to immerse themselves in the story of plants, nature, and a deep cultural awareness of place.

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Kat Harrison.]
“The role of conscious, intentional behavior that is described by culture or subcultural rules of behavior with reflected meaning is sort of a way of describing ritual generally, and we draw these forms out of a number of traditions.”

“I think when we go into thinking about how to do psychoactive medicines it’s very valuable to look deeply, to look seriously, at the traditions that have attended these medicines through time.”

“Repeated behavior in the same mode over a long time generates a kind of an etheric possibility of it recurring and being potentized by its ongoing, indefinite repetition.”

“I feel that it’s really valuable to look into the ritual history of the place where you live or the place where you’re working.”

“Pay homage to the history of ritual that is coming through the place.”

“Why one [psychedelic medicine] may be your best friend’s ally and not your ally is a mystery. And maybe you can solve that mystery and maybe not. But you should honor the fact that some things work for you and some things are not your medicine, even though everyone around you appears to be having a good time.”

“You don’t lead with your head. You let your heart and your body tell you what to do in these [introspective psychedelic] moments. Then if you think it’s time to get up and bolt out into the street, you let your head come in and tell you, ‘Don’t! Sit down. You’re not going anywhere.’ ”

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Thank you to The Turtles for “Eve of Destruction”

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Podcast 231-Damer-McKenna: “Bruce, Terence, and Virtual Worlds”

Guest speakers: Bruce Damer and Terence McKenna

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In this podcast we have a two-part program that begins with a reminiscence by Bruce Damer about how he came to know Terence McKenna. I then follow that with a recording of one of the last conversations Bruce and Terence had at Terence’s house on the Big Island of Hawaii just a few weeks before Terence was laid low by a tumor in his brain.

One of the reasons I think it might be interesting for you to hear this conversation is to get a feel for what it was like to hang around with the bard McKenna. While you might think that he did most of the talking, you will find that the opposite is true, and much like Aldous Huxley, Terence did a lot of questioning and listening. It wasn’t only from books that they acquired their particular views of the world.


A Gigantic Unplanned Experiment … on You by Bruce Damer

Terence McKenna’s comments on NPR about his time with Bruce
“I spent last week withBruce Damer, who is one of the great mavens of interactive, virtual worlds, and we were dressing in avatars, meeting people in cyberspace … and then opening several virtual worlds at once on your screen. So you actually have the experience of being in more than one place at one time. After a couple of hours of that you leave the keyboard, and you can practically feel the McLuhanesque reprogramming of your communications-based categories based on this bizarre informational environment that you’ve been spending time in.”

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Podcast 012 – “Witches Ointments and Aphrodisiacs: Myths, Plants, and Recipes”

Guest speaker: Christian Räetsch

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A talk by Christian Räetsch at the Chan Kah hotel in Palenque, Mexico.

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Podcast 010 – “What the Lacandón people know and think about Palenque”

Guest speaker: Christian Räetsch

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A talk by Christian Räetsch at the Mayan ruins, Palenque, Mexico – 2001.

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Podcast 002 – “Linear Societies and Nonlinear Drugs”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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A talk by Terence McKenna at the Palenque Entheobotany Conference in 1999.

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