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Podcast 321 – “A Discussion About Psychedelics”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo and Friends

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features the next installment of the workshop that Bruce Damer and Lorenzo led at the Esalen Institute in June of 2012. The majority of this program features comments by some of the workshop’s participants who bring up topics that include:

-Heroic doses
-Body load with psychedelics
-Techniques for using psychedelics
-What exactly is the psychedelic state
-The perfect answer when a cop asks, “Were are you at, buddy?”
-The re-introduction of psychedelics to our species
-How do we tell the psychedelic story
-The Occupy Movement and the banking system
-The need for a parallel system of money

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Podcast 320 – “Occupy Yourself”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo and friends

PROGRAM NOTES:

In this follow-up session after Bruce Damer’s “Deep Dive into the Mind of McKenna”, Lorenzo leads the discussion of the participants in a workshop held at the Esalen Institute in June of 2012. Topics of the conversation include:
– Consciousness, not drugs were the focus of McKenna’s work
– Heroic doses are not as important as bringing back information
– The healing and love value of teaching plants
– We all contributed to making Terence McKenna a cultural icon
– Building a new civilization in the shell of the old
– The Eschaton as another step in human evolution

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Podcast 311 – “The Spirit of the Internet”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo

PROGRAM NOTES:

This podcast features a recording of a talk that I gave in March of 2001 at The Inside Edge, a Southern California association of cultural creatives. The topic was some of the themes in my book, “The Spirit of the Internet: Speculations on the Evolution of Global Consciousness”. One of the more controversial aspects of this talk is my comparison of a deep Internet experience with a psychedelic experience. . . . Also included in this podcast is some discussion of the growing student strike in Quebec and the mounting student loan debt bubble here in the U.S.

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Podcast 300 – “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012” Part 3


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast picks up with the third section of the workshop that Bruce Damer and I led on January 28th. This section features my second presentation of the day in which I try to live up to the advanced billing for the workshop which read: “Lorenzo will take us from 2013 into the emerging era of cyber-enhanced humans, immersed in a meme-space stranger than we can suppose.”

In the Occupy segment of the podcast I feature an interview with and a talk by Chris Hedges, including his criticism of the Black Bloc hooligans who are doing their best to destroy the Occupy Movement.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST

Art by Randal Roberts (who provided the art for this podcast)

Description of the elements in “Fawkes” by Randal Roberts
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Podcast 298 – “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012” Part 1


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Guest speakers: Bruce Damer and Lorenzo Hagerty

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features the first of the recordings from last weekend’s workshop (titled “Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012”) that Bruce Damer and Lorenzo led in the Los Angeles area on January 28, 2012. In addition to Lorenzo’s remarks and some comments by those in attendance, three videos created by Bruce Damer were shown. Those videos are embedded below.

The second part of the podcast is the Occupy Movement update, which features a conversation between Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges. During the course of their conversation they debate the relative merits of pushing for a Constitutional Convention verses non-violent civil disobedience. Also included is a sound bite from one of OccupyFreedomLA’s live video feeds in which a speaker addresses the actions now being taken by those who are suffering from the foreclosure epidemic that is facing so many people in the U.S.

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Video of the first session of the workshop

Books mentioned in this podcast

Land Without Evil: A Novel
By Matthew J. Pallamary

Death of the Liberal Class
By Chris Hedges

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It
By Lawrence Lessig


OCCUPY SEGMENT:
“The Occupy Movement seems deeply rational for not engaging in normal politics, because normal politics gets us Barack Obama.” -Lawrence Lessig

“All of the correctives to American democracy came through movements that never achieved formal political power.” -Chris Hedges

“Which in my mind means the system is not reformable but will have to be pushed aside. And I think in that sense the Occupy Movement is, in sort of classical terms, correctly defined as a revolutionary movement.” -Chris Hedges

“The legislative branches, both at the state and the federal level, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporate state.” -Chris Hedges

“But this is a moment, this is more the French Revolution moment. This is a moment when everything is falling apart at the same time, and it’s another reason to be pushing on every front at the same time.” -Lawrence Lessig

This is the YouTube video from which I extracted some of the audio for this podcast.

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Podcast 285 – “The Revolution Continues with Timothy Leary” Part 2


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Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

Occupy Segment alone is available at: Occupy Updates Day 24

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]
“Looked at it pragmatically, the trick of taking intelligence tests is to get the highest score possible in terms of intelligence as defined by middle class intellectuals who designed the test.”

“It’s the nature of the game that a philosopher who’s proposing radical new ideas will be opposed by 80% of society.”

“My responsibility is to the genetic process and evolutionary process as I see it.”

“We have to be gentle with each other because we are going through a period of mutations.”

“I think, though, that there has never been a cultural change in history that was as profound, as pervasive, and as bloodless as the cultural revolution of the Sixties. . . . By and large it was a smiling revolution.”

“By and large I’m very proud of what happened in the Sixties, every aspect of our culture was reformed and revised and reviewed and improved.”

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Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

By Naomi Klein, The Nation
Posted on October 6, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Links


Interview with Lorenzo on Joe Matheny’s G-Spot Podcast

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Podcast 212 – “The Genesis Generation”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo
Lorenzo, Sasha Shulgin, and Bruce Damer at the 2007 Burning Man Festival
NOTE: This chapter was revised for the paperback edition that was released in February 2015. Please see the Kindle edition for the current version of this chapter.
PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Lorenzo.]

“Forget getting a permanent job. Forget careers and the quest for financial stability. They are all false gods, sent to you by the Capitalist elite on Wall Street, whose primary goal is to trap you into a life of servitude.”

“You still haven’t figured it out yet, have you?” began Shadow. “It should behoove us all to take the words of the Empire’s leaders at face value. They have declared what they call a War on Drugs. Of course, that’s a lie on its face, because they aren’t putting drugs into prison cages, they’re putting people in them. This is no war on drugs, William, this is a war on consciousness, as Richard Glen Boire says. It’s a war on people who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. It is a war on the very people that we are going to need to get us humans out of this mess we’ve created for ourselves. And if this is really a war, as they want to call it, then you and I, young William, you and I are their sworn enemies.”

“We are at what many believe to be the most pivotal moment in human history that we know of. The arrow of unsustainable consumption, powered by the bow of credit, has reached the top of its flight. There is nowhere for that arrow to go now but down, and where it is going to land is anyone’s guess.”

“A thousand years from now, humans will most likely still be walking the Earth, as we have done for over a million years already. Some of those future humans will have genetic links to us. . . . And those people of the future will be alive because they had at least one ancestor, maybe you, who was a part of what their historians will call the Genesis Generation.

“We are raising our children to become serfs!”

“Our families are detaching from the monetary system and applying their energy in different directions, like raising some of their own food, and entertaining ourselves without spending exorbitant amounts of money.”

“Unlike that insidious John Galt, I am advocating that We the People go on strike and remove our minds from their System of servitude. For we are fully aware that it isn’t the handful of CEOs who are the producers. No, in fact, they are the looters now. It is time to keep our best ideas to ourselves, here in our own community.”

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Podcast 186 – “The Genesis Generation”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo

PROGRAM NOTES:

In today’s program there is no featured guest. Instead, Lorenzo presents the first chapter in his new novel, The Genesis Generation. In it, Lorenzo weaves the tale of a young man caught between two worlds, the world of corporate America and the world of the psychedelic community.

As the story unfolds, we learn of the transformation of a 29 year old “yuppie-geek” into an underground hero of the psychedelic community. The story begins in Palenque, Mexico and moves through Texas, Amsterdam, Viet Nam, and even to Burning Man.

Chapter Titles:
An Awakening in Palenque
Depression in Dallas
Amazement in Amsterdam
Confrontation in Viet Nam
Stranded in San Francisco
Ecstasy in Dallas
Midwest Memories
San Francisco Seminar
Caitlín’s Salon
Rindy’s Place
Burning Man
Weekend with Old Joe
Wizard’s Council
A West Coast Drive
Mountain Farewell
Freedom’s Promise

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Podcast 184 – “The Boundaries of the Human Mind”


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Guest speaker: Bruce Damer

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotes below are by Bruce Damer.]

“What  Damasio is showing is that people who, in the lab, get a huge amount of cognitive stimulus all the time start to have no access to the emotional part [of themselves] at all. They can’t store to it, and they can’t retrieve from it. They become what he calls emotionally neutral.”

“So if ANY crisis arises you have the wrong people [in charge], probably, because the things that put them there, and the constituencies that wanted them there, create a person who is incapable of handling a real crisis.”

“If you want a future, you have to take charge of your own thoughts.”
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A Gigantic Unplanned Experiment … on You! by Bruce Damer

DigitalSpace’s Educational Spacewalk Simulation for
NASA’s upcoming Hubble Servicing Mission

The DigiBarn Computer Museum

Bruce Damer’s Personal Web Site

Mind States Conferences

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Podcast 120 – “Notes to Myself”


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Guest speaker: Lorenzo

PROGRAM NOTES:

Essentially, today’s podcast is a series of short notes to myself, little things that I don’t want to forget”

[The following quotes are by Lorenzo]
“As my Mexican friends sometimes say, ‘If you don’t change your direction, you are going to wind up where you’re heading.’ “

Lorenzo -- photo bey Nick Herbert” My problem, I discovered, was that there had been far too much DOING in my life and not nearly enough BE-ing.”

“I didn’t own my stuff. It owned me. … I now finally understand that nothing I possess is more precious to me than the opportunity to be able to appreciate a cool breeze on a warm summer’s day.”

“When I stopped trying to save the world I also stopped trying to save myself . .. and THAT was a big mistake.”

“Perhaps we all will have to first revolutionize our own lives, and then, on the foundations of our individual revolutions, will a new global consciousness arise.”

“It seems to me that our beliefs are what ultimately shape our personalities. So who OWNS those beliefs? If I do, then I am a freethinker, in charge of my own destiny. But if my beliefs own me, well, then the institutions that formulate and promulgate those beliefs, they own me.”

“I have finally come to grok the fact that the purpose of my life is not to reach a destination. Nor is my life a journey. No, for me at least, the purpose of life is to dance. A dance with no beginning and no end, just an endless dance.”

“Here and now. Here and now. All else is but memory and fantasy.”

TERENCE McKENNA QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

[The following quotes are by Terence McKenna]
“People don’t take enough [psychedelics], that’s all.”

“When we talk about the psychedelic experience, it’s not clear we’re all talking about the same thing.”

“The way to do psychedelics is, I believe, at higher doses than most people are comfortable with, and rarely, and with great attention to set and setting.”

“The psychedelic experience is as central to understanding your humanness as having sex, or having a child, or having responsibilities, or having hopes and dreams, and yet it is illegal.”

“These boundry-dissolving hallucinogens that give you a sense of unity with your fellow man and nature are somehow forbidden. This is an outrage! It’s a sign of cultural immaturity, and the fact that we tolerate it is a sign that we are living in a society as oppressed as any society in the past.”

“Get it straight. This is about an experience. Not my experience, your experience. This is about an experience which you have, like getting laid, or going to Africa. You must do the experience, otherwise it’s just whistling past the graveyard.”

“This is part of our birthright, perhaps the most important part of our birthright. These substances will deliver. It is the confoundment of psychology and science generally, and that’s why it’s so touchy for cultural institutions, but you are not a cultural institution, you are a free and indipendent human being, and these things have your name written on them in big gold letters.

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MUSIC USED IN THIS PODCAST:

“Miss About You” (with vocals by Sharon), “Counting Days”, “Long Distance”
LiquidAlchemy with Queerninja … queerninja@doepfiend.co.uk

“Velvet Apple”
the sun blindness

“Anything Can Happen”
Catal Huyuk

Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert"Quantum Reality" by Nick Herbert

"the Zahir"the Zahirby Paulo Coelho

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