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63 minutes | 16 days ago
Podcast 661 - "Psychedelia: History, Science, and Mysticism"
Today's podcast features an interview in the Live Salon with filmmaker Pat Murphy and psychedelic researcher Dr. Charles Grob. During the course of the conversation the conversation drifted into several interesting tributaries. However, the main focus of our conversation was to discuss Pat's new film, Psychedelia: The History and Science of Mystical Experience.
80 minutes | a month ago
Podcast 660 - "Celebrating Timothy Leary's 100th Birthday"
Today's podcast features a recording of a live salon in which former friends and associates of Dr. Timothy Leary shared their remembrances of him on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Dr. Leary's birth. Among other first-hand accounts, we learned the truth about why Timothy decided at the last minute to not have his head frozen after he died.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Podcast 659 - "Krishnamurti Revisited"
Today I am going to replay a recording of J. Krishnamurti that I first played here in the salon in January of 2009. A lot has happened since then, but I haven't noticed any overall change for the better in the way we humans interact with one another. My thought is that it may be worth our time to have another listen to these words of wisdom.
66 minutes | 2 months ago
Podcast 658 - "Legal Questions and Answers"
Today's podcast features attorney Gary Smith who has just published a major compendium of drug laws in the United States as well as in several other nations. In this wide-ranging interview, which took place during a live session of the Psychedelic Salon, you may be surprised at what could happen to you if the federal government finds both cannabis and a firearm in your home. Even if you have a doctor's medical marijuana recommendation and a licensed firearm you have committed a felony.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Podcast 657 - "Psychedelic Law and Terence McKenna"
Today's program features a collection of short Terence McKenna sound bites that may have some relevance to life during today's pandemic. Additionally, I have included four brief answers to legal questions by Gary Smith, author of Psychedelia Lex and next week's guest in our live salon.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Podcast 656 - "Damer and McKenna Discuss Covid-19"
Bruce Damer and Dennis McKenna engage in a spirited conversation for a tribute to Dennis' brother, Terence. This conversation was recorded on April 4th, 2020 at an online event held during the early phases of the COVID-19 epidemic. This tribute to Terence marked the 20th anniversary of his death, on April 3, 2000, a day which we have come to call "Terence Day" or perhaps more fun for everyone: "International Boundary Dissolution Day".
58 minutes | 4 months ago
Podcast 655 - "Datura Tips from a Psychedelic Sailor"
Today's program features a recent conversation in the live salon with Rio Hahn. He is an explorer, photographer/filmmaker, and author. Popularly known by the sobriquet “Rio,” given to him during his Amazon River explorations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; a founding and life member of the Rainforest Club; a Fellow, two-term Director, and past Ombudsman of The Explorers Club, as well as serving three terms as Chairman of the San Diego Chapter. He is the recipient of five Explorers Club Flags, a licensed sea captain, an open water diver, and a founding member of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. And I should add that he is a friend of mine. ... I invited Rio to the salon to tell his stories about the time in the Amazon when Terence and Dennis McKenna joined Rio and Wade Davis for their now-legendary meeting in the jungle. However, the high (no pun intended) point of our conversation was his in-depth discussion of datura. This is the first time that datura has been discussed in the salon.
65 minutes | 5 months ago
Podcast 654 - "Bitcoin Is Psychedelic"
Today's podcast features Brandon Quittem whose essay, "Bitcoin is the Mycelium of Money" provided us with a launching pad for a lively discussion about ways in which the world's financial system may experience turbulence brought about by cryptocurrency. In addition to talking about the basics of digital money, we also discussed blockchain technology, psychedelics, and Bitcoin.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Podcast 653 - "We Cannot Have a Pacified Movement"
If you only listen to one podcast from the Psychedelic Salon, I hope that it is this one. While these podcasts have been focused primarily about preserving talks by our elders and promoting the ideas of our “new elders”, today’s podcast is different. Between the covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations we have a lot to consider, and we have some serious decisions to make. Of all the people that I know, the young woman whose ideas you will hear in this podcast, Nikkita Oliver, is the one person who I would follow unhesitatingly into our shared future. She is highly intelligent, a great poet, and a leader that I believe we can trust. After you listen to this podcast and hear her Convergence speech from 2019, her TEDx talk in 2016, and her poems, I hope that you will feel the same way.
164 minutes | 6 months ago
Podcast 652 - "The Rose of Paracelsus” – Chapter 2
Today's podcast features a reading by Brother David Steindl-Rast of Chapter 2 from The Rose of Paracelsus, written by Leonard Pickard.
6 minutes | 6 months ago
Podcast 651 - "Brief Pandemic Update from the Salon"
This is just a brief podcast bringing you up to date with some of the recent online activities of the salon.
101 minutes | 7 months ago
Podcast 650 - "Remembering Queerninja on 4202020"
Today's podcast, which is being released on 4, 20, 2020, is dedicated to and in tribute to our dear friend Queerninja, who departed this little planet earlier this year. The Ninja was one of the early pioneers of podcasting, and he hosted one of the first music podcasts on the Internet. It was called "The Sounds of World Wide Weed", and today's podcast features a replay of the final program in that podcast series. To lighten the mood a bit, today's podcast ends with Ron Shock's "Best Damn Dope Story Ever."
68 minutes | 8 months ago
Podcast 649 - "Shamans of The Global Village" Episode 2
Today's podcast features an audio recording of last Monday evening's live salon. Our guests were film makers Niles Heckman and Rak Razam who were with us to talk about the second film in their series "Shamans of the Global Village". Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions. Niles Heckmanis a filmmaker with a background working in high-end commercials, games cinematics, and multiple Academy Award-winning teams in Hollywood with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Marvel Studios. In this episode, they take us on an in-depth journey into the ancient world of peyote cactus rituals.
40 minutes | 8 months ago
Podcast 648 - "Terence McKenna and Social Distancing"
The second part of today's podcast features Terence McKenna answering questions about DMT, language, LSD, magic mushrooms, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, MK-ULTRA and more. His talk is preceded by news about the FOUR LIVE SALONS that are now available to everyone each week. Also, instructions for joining the free Psychedelic Salon server on Discord are given.
58 minutes | 9 months ago
Podcast 647 - "Why Burning Man"
Today's podcast features the 2019 Palenque Norte Lecture by digital artist Android Jones. This was his 17th consecutive trip to Burning Man, and his wife and two young children were with him. In his talk, which was led by questions from the audience, he sums up his idea of Burning Man by saying, "Burning Man is like a handicap Olympics for art. Everybody gets a medal. There's no bar at all. The bar went away. Anything fits in. And we realize the handicap that all of us have in common is that we have the handicap of our trauma. Because it's our trauma, I believe, that is one of the unifying factors that brings us out here. Healthy people don't go out to the middle of the desert, do drugs and get naked with other healthy people."
79 minutes | 9 months ago
Podcast 646 - "Big Tech Needs A Conscience"
Today's podcast features the author, journalist, and Internet freedom fighter, Corey Doctorow whose books and byline you have seen many times. As you know, Corey is also affiliated with EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation for which he is a spokesperson. And this was a preview of a new presentation that he is now giving in various places around the country. One of my favorite quotes from this talk is: "We'll never be able to make Big Tech behave. The only way to make Big Tech behave is to make Big Tech small."
50 minutes | 9 months ago
Podcast 645 - "Shamanism and Cognitive Liberty"
Today's podcast features a Palenque Norte Lecture that was presented at Burning Man last August. This presentation was given by long-time friend and supporter of the salon, Eric Cifani. With Eric is Chris Grasso, who also happens to be an attorney. Their presentation brings together the values that shaped shamanism and today's struggle for the freedom to explore our own consciousness without government interference. And I end the podcast with a few words of my own about the importance of shamanism in today's technical world.
154 minutes | 10 months ago
Podcast 644 - Leonard Pickard- "The Rose of Paracelsus" - Chapter 1
Today's podcast features a reading of Chapter 1 of The Rose of Paracelsus by the author, Leonard Pickard. Additionally, there is commentary by Ralf Jeutter, Nese Devenot, Julian Vayne, and Nikki Wyrd. This podcast was produced by the Lakey sisters, Kat and Alexa. Psychedelic Salon podcast number 609, "The Rose Garden Introduction", provides an overview of this project, which begins today with a reading of Chapter 1.
91 minutes | 10 months ago
Podcast 643 - Rob Harper- "Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness"
Today's podcast features a recording from last Monday's live salon where our guest was Rob Harper, the creator of a new documentary titled "Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness." The film features three men whose psychedelic journeys have had a profound impact on our world. These men are Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, and Aldous Huxley. After the interview with Rob, I play a short recording from earlier podcasts that featured these three men. Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of what pioneers they were and how relevant their ideas are yet today.
56 minutes | 10 months ago
Podcast 642 - Terence McKenna - "Shamans and Their Plants"
Today's podcast features a talk by Terence McKenna that he wrote ahead of time, unlike his normal method of sculpting his presentations according to questions asked by his audiences. However he does return to two thoughts that we have heard before: "The situation that we now reside in is not one of seeking the answer but facing the answer. The answer has been found. It just happens to lie on the wrong side of the fence of social toleration and legality." and "If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be?"
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