Julian speaks to Luís Azevedo about his brief, but already prolific career as a video essayist for Little White Lies, MUBI, and his channel Beyond The Frame. Luís is one of the most knowledgeable minds on the growing medium, and has an eclectic range of work that broaches many styles. Julian and Luís also discuss their most recent video, a look at Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, combined with Dale Carnegie’s seminal How To Win Friends and Influence People.
During the afterfeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Fr. John reflects on the mystery that is Mary. - An episode of the Hearts and Minds podcast on Ancient Faith Radio
Paul Thomas Anderson has a 600-page script on his hands and is going to try to pare it down to a two-hour film. But how the hell is he going to do that?
Kyle and Joe talk to an anonymous MDMA therapist and relationship coach. He has been working with people while they use MDMA beginning in the early days while it was still legal and continues to facilitate work with people while it is prohibited.
For his safety, his identity is kept anonymous. The insights here are wonderful and worth learning. Hopefully you will learn something here and it can be applied to future therapies once we hit the 2021 MAPS target date.
Some interesting thoughts from the interview:
Transcending the parent-child relationship.
We are human beings that can be in good relationship with one another.
Do I feel safe? What does it mean to feel safe?
Intuitive approaches for engaging with the client \ patient.
Possible applications for group therapy.
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Few people in history manage to make their way to the status of cultural legend.
Terence McKennaAmong them, I propose, at least in the psychedelic culture, is Terence McKenna. The man who, according to writer and modern-mystic James Oroc, helped keep the psychedelic culture alive during the major acid drought of the 1990s by bringing our attention to the transdimensional potential of plant psychedelics.
During his heyday, Terence played no small part in the popularising of DMT, ayahuasca, and psilocybin mushrooms. This is an attribution that stays strong even today, 17 years after his death. His ideas, his voice, and his influence are still palpable through the thousands of hours of McKenna’s recorded talks online. His eloquent and engaging stories of deep jungle journeys, machine elves in hyperspace, and encounters with unimaginable novelty as well as his philosophies on culture, realty, and the nature of mind has ascended him to legend status. But a legend is never the truth. It always obscures the facts in favour of fancy.
How do we discover the truth when the man of legend is dead? Well, we could start by asking his brother, Dennis.
The McKenna Brothers. (Dennis on the left, Terence on the right.)Terence was a trailblazer, but not exclusively on his own. The legend of Terence McKenna is really the legend of the McKenna brothers. Together, both of them went down to la chorerra in search of plant psychedelic, both of contributed to the widespread availability of psilocybin mushrooms through the development of home cultivation techniques, both of them went on to dedicate their lives to the study of psychedelics.
The thing is, while Terence got on a stage and gathered crowds, Dennis buried himself in academia; while Terence was waxing poetic on philosophical implications of DMT, Dennis was doing ethnobotanical research on DMT containing plants and biomedical research on the physiological effects of ayahuasca; while Terence was selling out speaking events, Dennis was publishing peer-reviewed research papers. Terence sadly died in 2000, Dennis is still with us, and is in fact, with us directly on this episode of Adventures Through The Mind.
Dennis McKennaFormally, Dennis Jon McKenna (born December 17, 1950 in Paonia, Colorado) is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.
McKenna received his Master’s degree in botany at the University of Hawaii in 1979. He received his doctorate in botanical sciences in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a dissertation entitled Monoamine oxidase inhibitors in Amazonian hallucinogenic plants: ethnobotanical, phytochemical, and pharmacological investigations. McKenna then received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine.
He is one of the founding contributors to the modern wave of ayahuasca research in particular, and psychedelic research in general. In fact, the book Magic Mushrooms grower’s guide, which he co-authored with his brother Terence in the 70s, presented the first reliable method for cultivating psilocybin mushrooms at home.
Chances are if it wasn’t for Dennis and his brother, none of us would have ever tasted the magic at all.
It was an absolute honour to talk with him. Enjoy.
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The early years: developing the magic mushroom growers guide.
The limitations of the biomedical model for psychedelic research
The encounter and emergence of psychedelics in the culture of the 60 impact – dangerous
How and why Dennis and Terence got into psychedelics.
The McKenna journey early journey, from the jungle to the university.
What it was like to travel into the jungle for ayahuasca during the early years, before the tourist boom, compared to today.
The danger of the cults and power hunger within ayahuasca culture.
The role of psychedelics in the modern plight of humanity.
The moral dimension of psychedelic technology.
Plant intelligence and mycelial brain of the forest (no?)
Plant/mammal symbiotic co-evolution.
Psychedelic spiritually is cheating?
Beyond the legend. The man, the brother.
How Terence privately feel about the time wave?
Did he stop taking mushrooms?
The challenges of being a psychedelic celebrity
How does it feel to watch Terence being torn down by his critics?
Did Terence work for the CIA?
Dennis favourite story of his brother
The difference between Microdosing LSD and psilocybin
The possible dangers of microdosing LSD?
Cultural implications of microdosing vs macrodosing.
Suggestion and cautions in choosing to guide others in psychedelic experience.
What psychedelic is Dennis still taking?
You don’t know shit.
If he were to die tomorrow, what piece of advice would he offer us?
Follow Dennis on Facebook
The Brotherhood Of The Screaming Abyss
Dennis’ book on his journey with Terence.
Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs (ESPD50)
This is the conference Dennis was speaking about. On that page, you can see full details about the conference and buy the limited edition printed editions mention. Videos can be found here.
The Hefftner Research Centre
Advancing studies on psilocybin for cancer distress and addiction with the highest standards of scientific research. (Article regarding possible heart health dangers of microdosing LSD)
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About the EpisodeWE’RE BACK!!!The Boys are back to bring more stories of Artists struggling to climb the ladder of success and how to survive the City of Dreams: Los Angeles.We start off with the creator of the popular YouTube channel, "Lessons From The Screenplay", Michael Tucker. Michael talks to Daniel about growing up in Pleasant Hill, near the Bay Area. Discovering film and forcing friends to be in his home movies. We discuss going to film school and not always following the assignment parameters. They discuss Directing, Writing, Michael’s creative collective he started with friends and of course his hit channel "Lessons From The Screenplay" or LFTS for short. Michael discusses where the idea came about, how he’s learned from it, how it’s evolved, maintaining the channel and starting a Pattern to support it. Michael is incredibly knowledgable and kind. You do not want to miss this.
The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell - FULL Audio Book The Problems of Philosophy is one of Bertrand Russell’s attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics. Russell guides the reader through his famous distinction between "knowledge by acquaintance and knowledge by description" and introduces important theories of Plato, Aristotle, René Descartes, David Hume, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Georg Hegel and others, to lay the foundation for philosophical inquiry by general readers and scholars alike. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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Today many YouTube channels have more influence than traditional TV shows. This fact is not lost on Dave Rubin, who started his talk show career in traditional media, but soon decided to strike out on his own. He now hosts The Rubin Report, which has half a million subscribers on YouTube and is financially backed by its fans on Patreon.
But the most important indicator of influence? All but one of Tyler’s law and literature class had heard of Dave before this taping.
Recorded live at an event a few months ago, Dave and Tyler’s conversation covers all this and more, including what Dave learned from his year abroad in Israel and his pick for the most underrated Star Wars movie.
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
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