In this episode we speak with Dimitri about a ton of interesting subjects including:
- Dana Beal
- Structural Criticism
- Problems with giving psychedelics to the current medical system
- Psychedelic Anarchy
- Non-hierarchical organizing – making the group the parent instead of making a person the parent
- Peer programs
- Alexandre Tannous
- Century of Self documentary
“Be hurt, forgive and organize”
Blessings of the Forest – Give back to Gabon
Featuring Brian Normand, Co-Founder of Psymposia.
Bio from Psymposia’s site.
Brian Normand is Co-Founder of Psymposia, greenthumb, and occasional
trouble maker, focused on creating spaces and projects to teach people about plants and drugs.
He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Plant, Soil, Insect Science, & Sustainable Horticulture, Magna Cum Laude. He lives in Baltimore.
In this interview, we discuss a lot, but here are some highlights.
- Brian’s introduction to psychedelic art.
- Music and plants informing Brian’s interest.
- The genesis of Psymposia at a more academic conference.
- The stuffiness of the academic world and it not being suitable for everyone.
- Yet how important the academic work in top schools is.
- Rick Doblin, David Nichols, Mithoffers and Grifiths and Dennis McKenna are individuals who prove how important it is to have top academic credentials.
- The Psymposia Afterparty at this years Horizons: Perspective on Psychedelics Conference
- This year’s after party includes guest speakers such as Duncan Trussell and Rick Doblin.
- The legal status of psychedelics in the USA and internationally.
- Some loose discussion about Portugal.
- Leveraging the globe for legal research on Psychedelics.
- John C. Lily’s LSD, Ketamine and float tank research.
- How to get involved in Psychedelic work of different kinds.
- Speculation on how to take advantage of different legal systems globally to move research forward.
- Singing to the plants – Steve Beyer
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In this episode we talk about the following:
- Katherine’s path to becoming involved in psychedelic research
- Bias in Research
- Mental state required to be a researcher
- Impact to worldview after
- Harm reduction
- Paying participants involved with psychedelic research
- Future best uses of psychedelics
- Medicalization of birth and death
- Taking away human life from humans and giving that power to institutions
- Katherine’s work with Ingmar Gorman at the Center for Optimal Living
- Integration circles
Bio via Psymposia – Katherine MacLean is an academically trained research scientist and meditation practitioner with a long-standing interest in the brain, consciousness and the science of well-being. As a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Katherine was supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation research fellowship to study the effects of intensive meditation training on concentration, emotional well-being and brain function.
As a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she was one of the only scientists in the world studying psilocybin — a psychedelic chemical found naturally in certain types of mushrooms. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines may be the key to enhancing mental health and promoting openness and creativity throughout the lifespan.