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Podcast 474 – Important Podcast – This Affects YOU!

Guest speaker: Cory Doctorow

cory (at) eff (dot) org
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Today’s podcast features a 2015 Palenque Norte Lecture given by Cory Doctorow at this year’s Burning Man Festival. Cory is a well-known science fiction writer and lecturer who warns us about how much of our freedom has already been assumed by rich corporations through their manipulation of the law through the use of technology. Whether you realize it or not, your personal freedom has already been significantly compromised in the digital domain, and unless you become aware of what is taking place, and then do something about it, Orwell’s world of “1984” will continue to encroach on your life.

“We have not reached peak surveillance . . . but we have reached peak awareness of surveillance.” -Cory Doctorow

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org)
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Podcast 469 – “Philosophy With The Gloves Off”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“We don’t produce enough seritonin for living above 20 degrees latitude.”

“I’m not a big advocate of mixing drugs, anyway. If you really want to get out into unknown territory, where there is the potential for danger, then start pouring these things together.”

“It’s a funny thing the way people relate to drugs. Many people take them in environments that couldn’t be better designed to suppress the effect of the drug. For instance, crowded singles bars, noisy social environments with everybody hitting on each other, and loud music, and lots of activity, and maybe lots of vigorous dancing. Well, this is an environment designed to suppress drug effects. . . . To really see what these things do, you need and atmosphere of quite, sensory deprived darkness.”

“My attitude is always if it’s legal it ain’t gonna work.”

“People have trouble saying a lot about many of these things. I think that’s a learned skill; narrative ability and to keep your wits about you in those places, and to try and bring back some kind of coherent metaphor.”

“The strange thing about opium is that it’s so endlessly fascinating while it’s happening, and there’s just nothing to be taken out of it. It apparently does not transcript into short term memories.”

“It’s as important to tell the trip as to have the trip.”

In answer to the question, “How do you regain yourself when having a difficult trip?” Terence answered, “I always have cannabis ready. It’s the rudder of the boat.”

“The key when you’re having a bad trip is to make your mind wander from the bummer.”

Legal status of Salvia divinorum

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Podcast 467 – “Investigating Life – Part 1”

Guest speaker: Peter Gorman

Today’s podcast features an interview of Peter Groman by Tom Huckabee. The interview took place at Peter’s home in August 2015. In this, the first part of Peter’s story, we learn that Peter was one of the first American’s to take ayahuasca. At the time, Burroughs’ “Yage Letters” hadn’t yet made it around to him. He wrote a freelance story about the experience, which became a front page story in High Times Magazine. Many twists and turns later, Peter became the Editor in Chief of High Times and was instramental in entering the discussion of medical marijuana into the mainstream media. This is the first part of this interview, and it ends with Peter and his wife deep in the Amazon and being acosted by river pirates.

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Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine by Peter Gorman

Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine

The Yage Letters Redux By William S. Burroughs, Allen GinsbergThe Yage Letters Redux
by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg

Other talks featuring Peter Gorman

Podcast 280 – “Albert Hofmann is Interviewed by Peter Gorman”
Podcast 279 – “Peter Gorman Interviews the Elders”
Podcast 278 – “Oscar Janiger Interviewed by Peter Gorman”
Podcast 277 – “Peter Gorman Interviews Dennis McKenna” Part 2

Podcast 276 – “Peter Gorman Interviews Dennis McKenna” Part 1


Dr. Timothy Leary’s Cooper Union Speech

Podcast 127 – Leary: “The Cooper Union Speech”

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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 448 – “The Cosmic Nervous System”

Guest speaker: Bernardo Kastrup

Brief Peeks Beyond by Bernardo Kastrup

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Today Bernardo Kastrup returns to the salon with more metaphysical speculations. Supplementing his recently released book, “Brief Peeks Beyond,” he touches on the so-called hard problem of consciousness faced by materialists. In his examination of the dominant materialistic world view, Bernardo reveals the forces behind our value systems, which in turn determine our behavior. He ends with some very concrete suggestions for five things each of us can do to make the world a little better. However, my favorite section of this talk comes when he suggests that cosmic consciousness at-large may actually be experiencing what we humans call multiple personality disorder.

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Bernardo Kastrup on Amazon

Bernardo Kastrup’s Metaphysical Speculations

Bernardo Kastrup’s Facebook Page

Bernardo Kastrup on Twitter

Bernardo Kastrup on Youtube


Terence McKenna Transcripts


Tink Tink podcast with Diana Reed Slattery


Transmutation (a feature documentary film about uprooting the experience of normality)

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Podcast 433 – “Consciousness Browsers”

Guest speaker: Rak Razam

Aya Awakenings by Rak Razam

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Today’s podcast features Rak Razam’s 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture, which was originally titled “Cosmic Consciousness To Convergence: Activating the Species.” As you can see, I have shortened it to a phrase that Rak used in his talk, “Consciousness Browsers,” which is an excellent way to describe the psychedelic experience. During his talk, Rak ranges from a discussion of his research into the shamanic use of ayahuasca, to black holes, consciousness as a bit torrent, and the concept of a species swarm. One of my favorite quotes from this talk is: “The heroic thing really is doing what needs to be done, or discovering something of value, and bringing it back and sharing it with the tribe.”

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RakRazam.com

Ayahuasca Awakenings healing retreats
If you’ve read the book or seen the film, you’ll know that ‘Aya: Awakenings’ takes you on a journey of shamanic discovery into the heart of the Amazon and the powerful plant medicine ayahuasca. Now you can be part of the awakening with these special 10-day healing retreats with Writer-Producer Rak Razam and legendary curandero Percy Garcia Lozano…”

Aya: Awakenings DVD by Rak Razam

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Podcast 432 – “GAPS, MAPS, and PTSD”

Guest speakers: Katie Tomlinson & Rachel Hope

The Secret Chief Reveialed by Myron Stolaroff

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Today’s podcast features two of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were given at Burning Man in 2014. The first talk is by Katie Tomlinson, founder of GAPS, the psychedelic student organization at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. For anyone interested in establishing student groups on other campuses this talk has some great pointers for you . Following Katie’s talk we hear Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, introduce Rachel Hope, a participant in one of the MDMA studies sponsored by his organization. Rachel tells her amazing story of a very long struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the treatment being perfected by Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife Annie has cured her of PTSD.

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The Evergreen State College

The Secret Chief Revealed
By Myron J. Stolaroff

MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto’s Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 425 – “Drug Policy, Technology and Everything Else”

Guest speaker: John Gilmore

John Gilmore

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[NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.]

“I thank medical marijuana for breaking down social resistance to recreational marijuana.”

“In medical marijuana states it was the gay community that developed political skills in working for their own liberation that then applied those skills to liberate marijuana in a medical context in the aids fight. Those people blazed a trail for us.”

“I think encouraging courage among people who are in the know to actually say what they know is a way to have positive social change. It’s a way that the powerful are vulnerable to the ordinary people.”

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HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. Encrypt the web: Install HTTPS Everywhere today.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

By John Markoff

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Podcast 422 – “Visualizing the Psychedelic Experience Using Computer Graphics”

Guest speaker: Niles Heckman

Niles Heckman delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte Lecture

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Niles Heckman.]

“The visual component of the psychedelic experience is for the most part the final frontier for what computer graphics still have yet to replicate faithfully.”

“Art isn’t really important unless it helps you grow in creating it, or it helps others grow through its consumption.”

“Computer graphics are, and will continue to be, the tool used to visualize what is essentially unlanguageable.”

“It’s really fascinating that indigenous people have essentially been uploading themselves to much more advanced organic realms for potentially thousands of years, if not more, seeing imagery that’s much more complex than what you can see in a Hollywood summer blockbuster today.”

“Psychedelic experiences, whether real or future replicated, if done responsibly, aren’t negative escapism but could be a true awakening process for more people, because we are not human beings that can have spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences.”

“Ambitions are competitive, aspirations are not. Aspirations take nothing from anyone else and injure no one else and allow you as a sovereign individual to grow, because that’s why we’re all here.”

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Post-Burning Man companion interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckmen for his podcast “In A Perfect World.”

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What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

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Podcast 414 – “The Entheogenic Singularity”

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.

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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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