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045: Stealing Fire Part 1 by Joe

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Today is November 5, 2017, and we are discussing Stealing Fire, a book by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal.

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Introduction

In more contemporary terms, the Eleusinian Mysteries were an elaborate nine-day ritual designed to strip away standard frames of reference, profoundly alter consciousness, and unlock a heightened level of insight. Specifically, the mysteries combined a number of state-changing techniques—fasting, singing, dancing, drumming, costumes, dramatic storytelling, physical exhaustion, and kykeon (the substance Alcibiades stole for his party)—to induce a cathartic experience of death, rebirth, and “divine inspiration.”

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann and Harvard-trained classicist Carl Ruck argued that the barley in kykeon might have been tainted with an ergot fungus. This same fungus generates lysergic acid (LSA), a precursor to the LSD that Hofmann famously synthesized in his Sandoz pharmaceutical lab. — Excerpt from Stealing Fire

Part One - The Case for Ecstasis

Chapter 1: What Is This Fire?
Chapter 2: Why It Matters
Chapter 3: Why We Missed It

“The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.” —David Foster Wallace

  • Entheogen’s take on the book: “We like it.”
  • Debate on how to pronounce the word ecstasis
  • Why does “fire” need to be stolen? Why does access to altered states need to be banned?
  • How the Navy SEALs train for dynamic subordination, another kind of altered state
  • Partying with Eric Schmidt at Burning Man
  • Finding “flow” and why it matters
  • Signature characteristics of ecstasis: selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, richness (STER)
  • An examining of the word “pale”
  • The “state sanctioned triad” of mind altering substances: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol -- what makes these special? What ends does accepting these particular substances serve?
  • The institutions that create / endorse stigma: the church and the state
  • Are humans already cyborgs? What is truly “unnatural” anyway? If humans are beings of nature, is anything that humans create also natural?
  • How altered states are directly related to evolution of humans as well as certain plants and other animals (like French Bulldogs)
  • The current and historical balance of individualism vs. collectivism, and its impact on the proliferation and acceptance of certain types of altered states

043: The LSD-assisted Dock Ellis No-Hitter by Joe

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It’s March 5, 2017, and we are discussing the famous LSD-assisted Dock Ellis No-Hitter.

Links:

Other Notes:

  • “I’m high as a Georgia Pine”

  • Dexamyl - 90% of the league was using

  • Benzedrine - also heavily consumed by pros

    • Lady in San Diego with the gold pouches

  • “They knew I was high but they didn’t know what I was high on.”

  • Dealing with the fear, the fear of losing, the fear of winning

041: Reflections on our Burning Man 2016 Interview with Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Rick Doblin by Joe

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It’s February 26, 2017, and we are reflecting on our conversation with Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Rick Doblin at Burning Man 2016.

Topics:

  • Finding people at Burning Man

  • ReFOAMation Village

  • Getting foamed

  • Meeting our humble heroes

  • Psychedelics as pretense-obliterating substances

  • Effects of MDA vs. MDMA

  • De-scheduling vs. rescheduling cannabis

  • MAPS-hosted Global Psychedelic Dinners raising funds for MDMA research

  • Psychedelic medicine trials beginning to reach a broader audience

 

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New Entheogen T-Shirts ready for Psychedelic Science! by Joe

Check out our new Entheogen 👕 T-Shirts, ready for the Psychedelic Science conference!

The conference is sold out, but the Marketplace is open to the public from Friday 4/21 through Sunday 4/23/2017. Entheogen will be selling t-shirts and EntheoZen 💊😋 supplements and would love to see you there. Stop by and say "high."

Thanks to Liz Squillace and Paradox Ink for the excellent design and quality craftsmanship!

 

038: Interview with Alasdair from Bluelight.org by Joe

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Today is December 4, 2016, and we are talking with Alisdair from BlueLight.org.

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Topics:

  • BlueLight.org was founded in 1997, and Alisdair has been a member since 2002.
  • What is BlueLight.org?
  • Why “bluelight”? Is there significance to that?
  • How did you get introduced to BlueLight?
  • Legal considerations?
  • Relationship with MAPS
  • Donate to BlueLight