Livestream – November 19, 2020

We kicked off the start of our ongoing livestreams with the announcement of Psymposia's 501(c)(3) non-profit status, discussions of corporadelic dynamics, fond memories of helping people learn how to extract psychedelic drugs during an Ivy League University's psychedelic conference, and a whole bunch of back and forth with the audience about the current state (and future) of psychedelia.

The LSD Silo Bust according to William Leonard Pickard

Neşe Devenot shares William Leonard Pickard's description of his side of the Silo bust in "The Rose of Paracelsus."

Acid Chemist William Leonard Pickard RELEASED from double life sentence

William Leonard Pickard, alleged to have created 90% of the world's supply of LSD, was just granted compassionate release from a double life sentence.

ATAI Life Science founder, Christian Angermayer, talks about his psilocybin mushroom use

Christian Angermayer's story flip flops, depending on where you hear him tell it. Though, he always points out that it was somewhere “legal” and, most importantly, not because of any struggle with depression.

David Nickles – Entheogenesis: From Ecstasy to Insurrection

David Nickles runs through his critique of a dominant narrative within the psychedelic culture, the narrative of "mainstreaming" psychedelics, and his concerns on the political and economic landscape that surrounds the "mainstreaming" of psychedelics.

David Nickles – Radical Entheogenic Practice in the Age of Institutional Psychedelics

Psychedelics are becoming increasingly mainstream, as a host of other dire sociopolitical issues are reaching a global fever pitch. Much of the public discourse within the 'Psychedelic Community', as well as the cursory findings addressed to the 'Straight Community', tend to fall somewhere on the spectrum between outright psychedelic cheerleading and glowing exaltations of the therapeutic/medical merits of these compounds.

David Nickles – Where have all the radicals gone?

The role of psychedelics within global society appears to be up for grabs. Tech executives, entrepreneurs, and investors are exploring psychedelics as tools for increasing productivity and profits while the military industrial complex appears poised to deploy psychedelic therapies as they see fit. Considering the crises we're currently facing from capitalism and industrial civilisation, the catalysing potential of psychedelic experiences seems too important to allow these compounds to become recuperated by consumerist and imperialist actors.

David Nickles – Thoughts and Perspectives on the Future of Unsanctioned Psychedelic Research

As new developments in sanctioned psychedelic research continue to drive increasingly positive mainstream publicity about psychedelic plants and compounds, governmental restrictions have relegated significant research efforts to the shadows of the criminalised underground.

Neşe Devenot – The Role of Poetic Language in Psychedelic Science

Poetry (i.e. experimental uses of language) represents crucial data about the content of psychedelic experiences within the context of scientific research. Neşe calls for the need to develop psychedelic studies in the humanities since the discourse of science is essential but insufficient for exploring these liminal realms of consciousness.

Neşe Devenot – The Role of Poetic Language in Psychedelic Science – Horizons

Linguistic theory and poetic interpretation are as crucial as chemical analysis for analyzing data within psychedelic science, highlighting the importance of scholarly collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries.