Episode 29 with Michael Pollan as he discusses his new book ‘How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence’
Michael beams into the IAH Podcast (Originally for the MAPS Podcast) for an all new episode of the show. His iconic books on the nature and ethics of food have become staples within the zeitgeist of the modern diet and sustainable agriculture. Now, as evidenced in his new book and this podcast, he’s taken on the world of psychedelic science and research with as much insight and objectivity as you would expect from him.
Zach Leary’s conversation with Michael dives into the importance of the research he studied while writing the book, the origins of his interest on the topic and his own personal experiences with psychedelic medicines.
INTRO RANT – the passing of Anthony Bourdain
Michael Pollan – For more than thirty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. He is the author of the new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence and five New York Times bestsellers.
This episode of the MAPS Podcast is taken from the Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in Oakland, CA. The talk is by the legendary and luminous Kathleen Harrison, M.A. and is entitled “Cannabis and Spirituality – Exploring the Plant Human Spirit Relationship”.
Kat’s decades of work as an ethnobotanist focussed largely on the deeply inter-connected history and relationship between human beings and cannabis. A relationship existing not just in a cultural setting but also a spiritual one. This talk explores the nuances of the relationship, cultural appropriation in respect to psychedelic mysticsm and a holistic blueprint for how one might approach spirituality with cannabis as a guide.
Kathleen (Kat) Harrison, M.A. is an ethnobotanist who loves to explore the relationship between plants, mushrooms and human beings—particularly in the realms that are often hidden: cultural beliefs, personification of species, rituals of healing and initiation, vision-seeking modalities, and artistic creations that illustrate the plant-human relationship. She also studies and teaches the deep history of humans in nature, encompassing both before and since the advent of agriculture.
Kathleen founded Botanical Dimensions in 1985, with her then-husband, the late Terence McKenna.
The host of the “Walking Home with Michael Donovan” podcast drops by IAH to break it wide open. Gurus, being a spiritual teacher, our humanity, porn and fashion are all discussed. Michael is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Also, a long rant on Prince at the beginning.
The SoundCloud link to the last ever Prince concert can be found here
Michael Donovan is a visual artist using photography, video, and digital art. MD also runs a podcast featuring a range of guests contemplating consciousness, community, and enlightenment. He is based in NYC.
Zach and Elijah get into contemplating the silent freeways of life with David Silver. David is truly one of the great minds and souls of this or any other incarnation.
David is the co-host of the excellent MindRolling Podcast. His standard bio is as follows but I assure you it only scratches the surface.
David Silver started his innovative media career in the late sixties hosting WGBH-TV’s “What’s Happening Mr. Silver?” David’s 1979 Warner Brothers feature “No Nukes” helped start the whole trend of music/activism feature documentaries.
He also wrote the Billboard #1 MGM film, “The Compleat Beatles” the biopic movie of choice about history’s most famous band. David has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Waters and many others. He has created dozens of CD’s and movies, including pairing Allen Ginsberg with Paul McCartney, and producing the film biography of Timothy Leary. In 2009, David was the consultant to Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director, on his Universal/Focus Features release, “Taking Woodstock.” Since 2006, he has also been writing, directing and consulting with Ram Dass’s Love Serve Remember Foundation and, in 2012, directed the “Cultivating Loving Awareness” documentary.