"Think for yourself, and believe in yourself. Keep your skeptical antennae tuned in and in good working order at all times. We are free to develop our own hypotheses, which should be based in available evidence. When it comes to faith, have faith in yourself. And don't forget to love, laugh, be kind to each other. Don't take things so seriously, especially yourself. If the universe is a cosmic joke, remember to giggle. And remember to be astonished."
Joe Rogan & Dennis McKenna talk Psymposia (starts around 21:00)
Dennis McKenna, PhD is an ethnopharmacologist and the brother of Terence McKenna. His interests are centered on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his Doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.
He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute and serves on the advisory board of non-profit organizations in the fields of ethnobotany and botanical medicines. At the Heffter Research Institute, he continues his focus on the therapeutic uses of psychoactive medicines derived from nature and used in indigenous ethnomedical practices.
Dissertation Monoamine oxidase inhibitors in South American hallucinogenic plants: tryptamine and beta-carboline constituents of ayahuasca.
The Hoasca Project Clinical investigations of the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca: rationale and regulatory challenges
Neurosoup Ayahuasca: An Ethnopharmacologic History
Biodynamic Constituents in Ayahuasca Admixture Plants: An Uninvestigated Folk Pharmacopoeia from Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline by RE Schultes
Psymposia Origins of the Imagination
Psychedelic Salon #341 - "Ayahuasca Research Report" Esalen Institute 1984
Psychedelic Salon #266 - “Interview with Dennis McKenna”
Psychedelic Salon #276 - "Peter Gorman Interviews Dennis McKenna"
DoseNation #46 - "The History of Ayahuasca with Dennis McKenna"