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


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

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


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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

by John Markoff

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Podcast 420 – “Grover Norquist at Burning Man”


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Guest speaker: Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist delivering his 2014 Palenque Norte lecture at Burning Man

PROGRAM NOTES:

The final speaker at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures, which are held at Burning Man each year, was Grover Norquist. According to Wikipedia, “… he is an American political advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases and a co-founder of the Islamic Free Market Institute. A libertarian-leaning Republican, he is the primary promoter of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” While to those who haven’t yet had an opportunity to attend Burning Man, his attendance at such an event may seem unlikely, in the extensive Q&A that followed his brief talk, it is quite evident that he has many admirers on the playa. I think that you will be fascinated as he very candidly discusses not just tax matters but also touches on what he thinks about Burning Man itself, as well as his position regarding psychedelics, legalizing cannabis, and mandatory minimum sentencing.

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Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.”

“Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.”

“I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.”

“Noting on Earth is as much like a man as a woman. We tend to forget this. And ego is not now a male problem. We are all completely infected by ego.”

“We do not have group values. The reason the planet is dying is because we cannot place the good of the group above our own desires, consistently.”

“The big news is that the rise of the ego has suppressed a portion of reality, which is that nature is an animate and minded thing of some sort.”

“Culture is the condensation of language.”

“Every society is based upon a lie of some sort.

“Drug smuggling is like assassination, if the government isn’t involved it never seems to really happen.”

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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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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 412 – “Permitting Smart People To Hope”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

2014 Palenque Norte banner

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“What’s happening is that the computer is allowing us to go beyond the mathematical objects of Greek philosophy.”

“The unconscious of the species is actually being hard wired as an artifact. We’re pouring glass, and gold, and silicon down the microtubials of the racial imagination. And as it were, making a kind of casting of the state of the human imagination at the close of the millennium.”

“Technology is facilitating the drive toward community, at this incredibly accelerated rate..”

“The Earth is on the brink of the greatest change since the end of the mesozoic, but people don’t like to think about that because all they can think about is the possibility of personal extinction.”

“No one can run or program these vast networks except guys with ponytails.”

“My intuition was always that the psychedelic experience was a fractal anticipation of human history.”

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Podcast 406 – “Psychedelic Research Discussion Panel”


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Guest speakers: Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes

Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia  Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes on the Psychedelic Research Panel for the 2013 Palenque Norte Lectures at Burning Man

PROGRAM NOTES:

This program features a recording of a panel discussion and Q&A session that took place at the 2013 Burning Man Festival with three people who are currently on the front lines of psychedelic research: Dr. Roland Griffiths, Dr. Alicia Danforth, and Gabrielle Agin-Liebes. This is an overview session covering a wide range of psychedelic research currently underway. Their detailed talks about their work is available in earlier podcasts.

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Dr. Roland Griffiths

Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin & Spirituality

Current Psilocybin Research Projects

Q&A with Roland Griffiths

Dr. Alicia Danforth

MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

Gabrielle Agin-Liebes

NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study

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Podcast 405 – “Marijuana At Your Corner Store”


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Guest speaker: Sarah Lovering

The Palenque Norte Lecture Hall at Camp Soft Landing in Black Rock City 2013

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we travel back in time once again to the 2013 Burning Man Festival where Sarah Lovering gave a Palenque Norte Lecture detailing her work with the Marijuana Policy Project. It was MPP that led a coalition of cannabis activists over a several year period leading up to the legalization referendum in Colorado. Sarah not only explains how that campaign unfolded, but she goes on to describe the community’s long term plans for the ultimate legalization of cannabis in the U.S.

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Podcast 392 – “MDMA and Autistic Adults: A New Research Study”


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Guest speakers: Alicia Danforth & Charlie Grob

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features a 2013 Palenque Norte lecture given by Alicia Danforth in which she tells about her work with the autistic community and their use of MDMA. Following that is a recording of a conversation with Alicia and Dr. Charlie Grob, who have just begun a new study to investigate the potential of using MDMA to help ease the social anxiety that is sometimes experienced by our friends and fellow saloners in the autistic community.

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Study Information: MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

“What Is Autism?” by Nick Walker

Exploring therapeutic effects of MDMA on post-traumatic stress

Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

Podcast Archive for Gary Fisher

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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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

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[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


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