Professor, journalist and activist Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles for more than thirty years about the human engagement with the natural world, and how nature changes us and we change nature.
As a psychonaut myself, I was looking forward to being able to pick his brain about LSD, psilocybin, Ayahuasca, consciousness and ego, and off course, the controversy surrounding psychedelics and psychedelic research.
I met with Michael in Amsterdam during his book tour. What an amazing experience to get the chance to discuss my favorite topics, with the leading author in this field! I hope this podcast will show you that it’s time to push psychedelics out of the taboo sphere and see their healing power and use.
In this podcast you will learn:
- Why is the question if psychedelics are bad for you getting old?
- Are mystical or religious experiences (less) authentic when induced by a psychedelic?
- Is a trip something that happens inside our head, or is it ‘reality’?
- What is the relation between the default mode network and depression?
We also talk about mystical experiences induced by plants and fungi, research and therapeutic use of psychedelics, microdosing, meditation, plant consciousness and universal consciousness, ego dissolution, his biggest take-away from his trips, the default mode network and the relation to depression and set and setting,
Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments, or show some love on social media or leave a rating/review for me!
- The intelligent plant– Michael Pollan (article)
- Monica Gagliano– Plant Intelligence and the Importance of Imagination In Science (YouTube)