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Podcast 237 – “A Tribute to Albert Hofmann” Part 1


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Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Stanley Krippner, and Andrew Weil

PROGRAM NOTES:

The Albert Hofmann Papers
at Erowid.org

The Albert Hofmann Foundation (online)

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“What is the psychedelic experience? What promise does it hold for a sane future for our planet and our children? And what is it about it that kindles the kind of loyalty that I feel coming from the people in this room this evening? And I submit to you that it is nothing less than the rebirth of a voice that has been silent for at least a thousand years, the still small voice of the Logos of the planet.”


“So I submit to you that what we represent is a Fifth Column, a Fifth Column that represents the best aspirations that human community is capable of, a Fifth Column that is willing to look at the structure of the psyche in contrast to the mess of society, and willing to dream.”

“We have the tools, the intellect, the will to create a caring global culture. It isn’t going to come without a recognition of the power of the psychedelic experience. The psychedelic experience is the birth right of every human being on the planet. It is as much a basic part of each and every one of us as our sexuality, our national identity, our consciousness of self. And any society which attempts to hold back or impede this dimension of self-expression, when the history of that society is written, it will be called barbarous.”

“In the future it will be unimaginable that governments once regulated the substances that people use to explore personal growth. It is the mark of a barbarous culture.”

“One doesn’t ‘just say no’ to truth.”

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Andrew Weil.]

“I have to tell you that the majority of human beings that I encounter operate mostly out of fear, guilt, and that when people operate from those emotions they are dangerous to themselves and to others.”

 “We [the psychedelic community] are a very small minority, a very small minority, and have no illusions about that. And whether our minority will grow fast enough, and be able to influence humanity fast enough to avoid the catastrophe that is certain to come if we persist in the ways that we now persist, I don’t know?”

“If it may be as it appears that our ability to manipulate the environment, our technological ability, is so disparate with our ability to control our own emotions, that may be a fatal flaw of our species. It may be.”

“Deep down everything is all right, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. And there may be a lot of drama in between [now and the extinction of our species], but it’s all all right. … It’s OK with me if something else gets a chance, if the life-force experiments with another form, that’s fine, that’s OK too.”

“And here it seems to me is the fundamental absurdity of the way our science has developed: The most obvious fact of our existence is that we are conscious. That is the most obvious, most important aspect of our existence. How can you construct a world view, how can you construct a system that tries to explain the universe and leave that out? And yet that is what our science tries to do.”

“Often I find, in my experience, that changes in the realm of consciousness must accompany physical treatments if the physical treatments are to work.”

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Podcast 194 – Timothy Leary & friends “The Future of Higher Intelligence” Part 1


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Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

This recording was made at a conference held at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981. Panelists include: Dr. Timothy LearyFrank BaronDr. Andrew Weil,Walter Houston ClarkRobert Anton Wilson, and Paul Krasner

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“I think it’s all about the brain, or certainly the brain as the key to consciousness and intelligence. The brain, as we well know, is the taboo organ of the 20th century.”

“The introduction of a new technology, a new paradigm, a new world model to a primitive society takes a lot of delicate doing. You can’t spook them too quickly. … You have to attach the new model to some of the old theories.”

“It is now possible to access your brain. It is now possible to activate circuits that were undreamed of before. … There’s no limits to the creativity, and imagination, and novelty, and intelligence that can be generated by this instrument, the brain, whose function we are now realizing is to fabricate reality.”

“The more you understand about the complexities of the brain, and the psychopharmeucedicals which activate it, the more cautious, the more careful, the more experimental, the more scientific you are before you rush around activating this instrument.”

“The function of human life from now on is to learn how to access, to activate, to direct, manage, and control your own brain.”

“It’s not the survival of the fittest. It’s the survival of the people with a sense of humor who can say, ‘Hey, look at those dinosaurs. We won’t go that way.”

“You can only evolve and mutate when you can laugh at your old form and go beyond it.”

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Podcast 103 – “Psychoactive Drugs Through Human History”


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Guest speaker: Andrew Weil

PROGRAM NOTES:

(Minutes : Seconds into program)
A few of the people in attendance at The Last Great Mushroom Conference of the Millennium (mentioned in this podcast)NOTE:
All quotes below are by
Dr. Andrew Weil

04:41 “There are no good or bad drugs. Drugs are what we make of them. They have good and bad uses.”

05:04 “I know of no culture in the world at present or any time in the past that has not been heavily involved with one or more psychoactive substances.”

06:33 “Alcohol, any way you look at it, is the most toxic and most dangerous of all psychoactive drugs. In any sense, in terms of medical toxicity, behavioral toxicity, there is no other drug for which the association between crime and violence is so clear cut . . . and tobacco, in the form of cigarettes is THE most addictive of all drugs.”

08:47 “What could be a more flagrant example of drug pushing than public support of that industry [tobacco and cigarettes].”

12:38 “I see a great failure in the world in general to distinguish between drug use and drug abuse.”

16:25 “Another very common use, in all cultures, of psychoactive substances is to give people transcendent experiences. To allow them to transcend their human and ego boundaries to feel greater contact with the supernatural, or with the spiritual, or with the divine, however they phrase it in their terms.”

17:54 “Drugs don’t have spiritual potential, human beings have spiritual potential. And it may be that we need techniques to move us in that direction, and the use of psychoactive drugs clearly is one path that has helped many people.”

19:59 “Why is it that the human brain and plants should have the same chemicals in them?”

22:39 “The effects of drugs are as much dependent on expectation and setting, on set and setting, as they are on pharmacology. We shape the effects of drugs. All drugs do is make you feel temporarily different, physically and psychologically.”

25:26 “The effects of drugs can be completely shaped by cultural expectations, by individual expectations, by setting as well.”

28:22 “The manner of introducing a drug into the body is crucially determinant of the effects the people experience. And especially of its adverse effects, both short term and long term.”

31:51 “I think it’s unfortunate that in this culture we have fallen so much into the habit of relying on refined, purified durative of plants, in highly concentrated form, both for recreational drugs and for medicine. And have formed the habit of thinking that this is somehow more scientific and effective, that botanical drugs are old-fashioned, unscientific, messy. In fact, they’re much safer, and sometimes the quality and effects are better.”

32:55 “It’s we who determine whether drugs are destructive or whether they’re beneficial. It’s not any inherent property of drugs.”

41:36 “The use of yage, or ayahuasca, in Amazonian Indian cultures is often credited with giving people visions that have valid content.”

50:25 “But I think healing, like religious experience, is an innate potential of the body. It’s not something that comes in a drug. All a drug can do is give you a push in a certain direction, and I think that even there expectation plays a great role in that.”

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Chocolate to Morphine: Understanding Mind-Active Drugs
(Published 1983)

From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs
(Published 2004)

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