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Plus Three dives deep into the world of drugs, from local decriminalization and emerging psychedelic corporations to leftist politics and mass incarceration. Each week the team and guests attempt to make sense of the complex connections between drugs, science, capitalism, policy, and culture.

The podcast is co-hosted by Psymposia co-founder Brian Normand, psychedelics research and bio-ethicist Nese Devenot, evolutionary ecologist Brian Pace, and underground researcher David Nickles.

Plus Three Psymposia

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 41 Ratings

Plus Three dives deep into the world of drugs, from local decriminalization and emerging psychedelic corporations to leftist politics and mass incarceration. Each week the team and guests attempt to make sense of the complex connections between drugs, science, capitalism, policy, and culture.

The podcast is co-hosted by Psymposia co-founder Brian Normand, psychedelics research and bio-ethicist Nese Devenot, evolutionary ecologist Brian Pace, and underground researcher David Nickles.

    #52 - Right-Wing Psychedelia at University of Madison-Wisconsin

    #52 - Right-Wing Psychedelia at University of Madison-Wisconsin

    This talk was presented live by Dr. Brian Pace and Dr. Neşe Devenot at the UW–Madison Transdisciplinary Center for Research in Psychoactive Substances. This talk was presented on April 28 as part of the "Psychedelic Humanities" speaker series, organized by Dr. Lucas Richert.


    Public discourse concerning psychedelics and the emerging industry in psychedelic-assisted therapy has extended beyond the potential benefits of novel treatments for specific mental health disorders to claims that widespread psychedelic use may tilt social relations towards more egalitarian norms. Researchers and media outlets have pointed to several recent studies which present data asserting that classical psychedelics can reduce authoritarianism, increase liberal views, and deepen nature-relatedness.
     
    Taken together, these studies are cited to promote a vision of drug-assisted social progress. Yet counter examples abound of psychedelic-experienced individuals expressing views explicitly opposed to egalitarianism and liberal politics. Moreover, acceptance of psychedelics by institutions and aspirational business and celebrity figures has only increased right-wing psychedelic interest in recent years. 
     
    This presentation highlights the numerous contemporary and historical cases where the use of psychedelics failed to reduce authoritarian tendencies in users, or even facilitated adoption of authoritarian views. We demonstrate that psychedelics can catalyze change in political or religious belief, but not in a consistent direction. Instead, we propose that many transformative experiences—including those induced by psychedelics—can challenge and radically shift a person’s worldview, and that extra-pharmacological factors influence the character of change in ideology or political belief.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    #51 - Part Three: Jordan Peterson's Psychedelic Hierarchy, ft. Thought Slime

    #51 - Part Three: Jordan Peterson's Psychedelic Hierarchy, ft. Thought Slime

    In part two of this deep dive, Psymposia and Thought Slime analyze Jordan Peterson's fascination with psychedelics as an example of the reactionary, right-wing ideologies that have been developing within psychedelia in recent decades. Reacting to a 2021 podcast of Peterson's, we discuss the significance of Peterson's popularity among some prominent psychedelic researchers. As figures like Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro continue to advocate for harmful "conversion therapies" for minority sexual orientations and gender identities, we discuss the dangers of reactionary interest in psychedelic-assisted therapies, given that psychedelics are already associated with increased suggestibility and shifts in identity. Considering the fact that many scientists and CEOs in the psychedelic renaissance are lobbying right-wing donors and politicians, we highlight the risks inherent to reactionary forces developing frameworks for accessing psychedelics. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    #50 - Part Two: Jordan Peterson's Psychedelic Hierarchy, ft. Thought Slime

    #50 - Part Two: Jordan Peterson's Psychedelic Hierarchy, ft. Thought Slime

    In part two of this deep dive, Psymposia and Thought Slime analyze Jordan Peterson's fascination with psychedelics as an example of the reactionary, right-wing ideologies that have been developing within psychedelia in recent decades. Reacting to a 2021 podcast of Peterson's, we discuss the significance of Peterson's popularity among some prominent psychedelic researchers. As figures like Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro continue to advocate for harmful "conversion therapies" for minority sexual orientations and gender identities, we discuss the dangers of reactionary interest in psychedelic-assisted therapies, given that psychedelics are already associated with increased suggestibility and shifts in identity. Considering the fact that many scientists and CEOs in the psychedelic renaissance are lobbying right-wing donors and politicians, we highlight the risks inherent to reactionary forces developing frameworks for accessing psychedelics. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    #49 - Part One: Jordan Peterson's Psychedelic Hierarchy, ft. Thought Slime

    #49 - Part One: Jordan Peterson's Psychedelic Hierarchy, ft. Thought Slime

    In part one of this deep dive, Psymposia and Thought Slime analyze Jordan Peterson's fascination with psychedelics as an example of the reactionary, right-wing ideologies that have been developing within psychedelia in recent decades. Reacting to a 2021 podcast of Peterson's, we discuss the significance of Peterson's popularity among some prominent psychedelic researchers. As figures like Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro continue to advocate for harmful "conversion therapies" for minority sexual orientations and gender identities, we discuss the dangers of reactionary interest in psychedelic-assisted therapies, given that psychedelics are already associated with increased suggestibility and shifts in identity. Considering the fact that many scientists and CEOs in the psychedelic renaissance are lobbying right-wing donors and politicians, we highlight the risks inherent to reactionary forces developing frameworks for accessing psychedelics. 
     
     
     
    Watch: https://youtu.be/ICLMiwdDUuE
     
     
     
    Read: The Trials of Rick Doblin He revolutionized the way we view MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. But what does the research actually show?
     


     
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    Power Tripping #9: The Complainers Group

    Power Tripping #9: The Complainers Group

    Both underground and above-ground therapists and practitioners present their psychedelic services in service to "healing." Why, then, is it so hard to get them to acknowledge the harms taking place in their communities? Why do institutions seem more concerned with preserving their reputations than addressing the numerous harmful dynamics that have persisted for years? If the psychedelic movement intends to heal trauma, it must begin at home.
     
    This episode is Psymposia's reaction to Cover Story: Power Trip, Episode 9: The Complainers Group
     
    Cover Story is an investigative podcast from New York Magazine. The first season, Power Trip, uncovers the secrets and exposes the darkest corners of the psychedelic renaissance through a twisted, deeply personal tale at the intersection of mind, body, and control. Power Trip is a co-production of New York Magazine and Psymposia.
     
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    Power Tripping #8: Who Am I Fooling?

    Power Tripping #8: Who Am I Fooling?

    When it comes to psychedelics, there's a lot we don't know. The same is true of the practitioners, institutions, and communities that have sprung up around psychedelic therapy and guiding. We explore the intersecting professional and social relationships of a few different guides and institutions. We also discuss Michael Pollan's impact on the current psychedelic landscape.
     
    This episode is Psymposia's reaction to Cover Story: Power Trip, Episode 8: Who Am I Fooling?
     
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

M.I.WOLF ,

Great Content - However,…

With all the hype about using psychedelics as an effective tool for better mental health, this is an excellent transparent resource. It’s hard hitting, which I love. So your mind needs to reside in a good space while listening to the graphic details. However, if you want full access to Psymposia’s website, a barrage of notifications for donations prevents you from navigating. I understand completely that productions need money. Though it feels hypocritical to me when a “nonprofit” organization is so aggressive about obtaining funding. Especially when you restrict the freedom of obtaining valid information. Hence, the four stars.

m.i.n.i.m.a.l.i.s.t. ,

Because I have a PhD?

Biggest problem is glaring lack of knowledge re: cptsd treatment & how it relates to psychedelic space. Very close minded & arrogant hosts. Just because they have PhDs doesn’t give them instant credibility & authority. Reference to the *borderline* was blatant *tell* in their ignorance & insensitivity. Survivors need advocates in this space. Unfortunately, it’s not them nor Lily that will turn things around ethically. They’re too invested in their following on social media. So very anti-capitalist of them.

Druids_Tea ,

Always look forward to it

Nothing wrong with keeping those dishes clean. Can’t pin point how I came across psymposia, but I’m glad that moment happened :)

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