James Kent continues his journey through the dark side of psychedelics and discusses the perils of underground research, disinformation, the power of the paranormal, the allures of the New Age, Terence McKenna, Psychedelic Illuminations, a personal DMT Elf study, and case study number four in the ongoing collection of existential psychedelic tragedies.
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James Kent continues a discussion on Psychosis, Psychotic Episodes, and Psychedelic Philosophy, then deconstructs Albert Hofmann's famous Bicycle Day trip and reconsiders Hofmann's parting words in "LSD My Problem Child".
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James Kent continues to wind down DoseNation as he discusses Psychedelic Prohibition, the Legitimization of Psychedelics, Psychedelic Myths, Party Culture, Psychotic Episodes, and shares a Startling Personal Revelation from the past.
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The first of the last ten episodes of DoseNation. James Kent presents "The Beginning of the End". Topics include How to Kill a Blog, The Darker Side of Psychedelic Culture, personal stories from earlier times, and reflections on personal interviews with Terence McKenna and Kat Harrison from 1993.
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I will admit for the record that I am a fan of the Adam Carolla show, I listen to it almost every day. But lately it has become very difficult to listen because of Mr. Carolla’s heated dismissal of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the doubling down on the notion that institutional racism is no longer a factor in the struggle or policing of impoverished inner cities. This trend is exacerbated by booking guests like Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulis, pundits that claim to be rational intellectuals but are clearly flacks working for the Republican establishment and the biggest troll of all the Republican media outlets, Breitbart News. Listening to the August 8, 2016 episode of the “Adam Carolla Show”, it is clear that Mr. Carolla agrees with Ben Shapiro’s statements that the problems with impoverished black communities are due to “cultural factors” like crime and single motherhood, and that claims of institutional racism are a whiny and finger pointing way of blaming the problems in the black community on someone else. Mr. Shapiro smugly rattles off a list of facts indicating how black communities have decayed since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and seems to imply that in the years since black people won right to vote they all just went crazy, became criminals, and started having as many illegitimate children as possible. Mr. Carolla happily doubles down on his sentiment and argues that if black people could just raise their children as a family instead of as a single parent then all their problems would magically be solved. Indeed, Carolla’s single solution to the problem of impoverished black communities is “family and education,” which he shouts to the heavens as if nobody in the history of the world had come up with this simple platitude. Also, he rudely dismisses anyone who would argue that the problem is more complex than that. What Mr. Shapiro fails to mention in his statistics of the black community is that in the years after black people won the right to vote, their leaders and their communities were targeted with one of the most devastating and racially based social programs ever, the War on Drugs. We all know the War on Drugs is a misguided and failed public policy, but what is almost never mentioned is that from inception the War on Drugs was intended to criminalize and control black leaders and minority populations. I understand that this sentiment sounds horribly diabolical, and nobody in America wants to own up to this ugly truth, but facts are facts. The War on Drugs and the following decades of aggressive policing in black communities led to the largest mass incarceration of black people in the history of the world. And the architect of this policy was Richard M. Nixon, a white man and the President of the United States. Institutional racism does not get any higher than a sitting President of the United States implementing a policy specifically to keep minorities out of power by making them all criminals and putting them all in jail.
Is james ok? Any word when he will return? Miss that guy! MANAGING EDITORS NOTE: James' is fine, just very busy! He'll be returning for future shows soon!
After a year on hiatus DoseNation.com returns to podcasting to present The Ten, a run of ten radio episodes exploring the darkest reaches of the psychedelic landscape. Conceived by James Kent, the founder of DoseNation, the goal of The Ten is to address a list of controversial topics that were left out of the original podcast run. "Over the course of 50 episodes we covered a wide range of territory from chemistry to religion to neuroscience and shamanism and elves and aliens," says Kent. "But looking back I realized there is a great deal of unfinished business we wanted to cover that we never got to. The Ten will give us the opportunity to address those issues head on." James Kent will present The Ten to focus on the darker side of psychedelics rarely covered within the culture. Topics like bummers, bad trips, mental illness, HPPD, self delusion, mind control, brainwashing, psychosis, miracle cures, conspiracy theories, psychedelic mythology, psychedelic revolutions, and the hidden agendas of psychedelic ideology will be scrutinized in DoseNation's unique and unflinching perspective. "People take psychedelics very seriously," says Kent. "Psychoactive drug use generally starts out as fun and experimental but often mutates into a kind of cultural revolution or spiritual crusade. There is a level of self-importance in psychedelic experimentation that rises to Earth-shattering grandeur, and in service of proselytizing about expanded consciousness or psychedelic therapy the pitfalls and dangers of psychedelic use are often downplayed or ignored. We've never addressed these issues on the DoseNation podcast, and in retrospect this seems like a glaring omission." James Kent is an expert on the neuroscience of hallucination and is the author of Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, widely considered to be the most authoritative text on psychedelic hallucination ever published. He is the former of editor of Psychedelic Illuminations Magazine, former publisher of Trip Magazine, founder of the DoseNation blog, and his writings have appeared in High Times and many other journals and compilations. Over his career he has interviewed dozens of psychedelic luminaries including Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Alexander Shulgin, David Nichols, Dennis McKenna, John Lilly, and many others. James Kent regularly speaks at conferences on the topic of psychedelics and hallucination, and appeared in the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule as the lone voice of skepticism among the promises of psychedelics as a shortcut to spiritual awakening.
Hosts Jake Kettle and James Kent talk about the death of Alexander Shulgin, the Shulgin Research Foundation, and James' recent visit to the Shulgin farm. To support the Shulgin family please visit ShulginResearch.org
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Welcome to the Psychedelic Revelation! Introducing your hosts Brett Greene and Ryan LeCompte, discussing subjects ranging from Psychedelic Mysticism to the Revelations of both the inner and outer minds.
Hosts Jake Kettle and Brian Normand are joined by Lily Kay Ross from Harvard Divinity School to discus the issues of sexual abuse in the amazon, the victimization of those who are being healed, the position of the Shaman and his roles, and more! For more information on Lily Kay Ross, visit her website at http://www.lilykayross.com .
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