In-depth and well-researched interviews with the leading minds in psychedelic science and culture
• A curated collection of interviews with 15 accomplished scientists, artists, and thinkers, including Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Rick Strassman, and Charles Tart
• Explores their profound reflections on the intersections between psychedelics and a wide range of topics, including psychology, creativity, music, the near-death experience, DNA, and the future of psychedelic drug medical research
After many dark years of zealous repression, there are now more than a dozen government-approved clinical studies with psychedelics taking place around the globe. But what does the future hold for psychedelic research and the expansion of consciousness?
In this curated collection of interviews with pioneers in psychedelic thought, David Jay Brown explores the future of mind-altering drugs, hallucinogenic plants, and the evolution of human consciousness. The accomplished scientists, artists, and thinkers interviewed in the book include LSD discoverer Albert Hofmann, psychologist Stanislav Grof, DMT researcher Rick Strassman, anthropologist Jeremy Narby, MAPS founder Rick Doblin, ethnobotanist Dennis McKenna, psychologist Charles Tart, and musician Simon Posford from Shpongle, as well as many others.
Demonstrating deep knowledge of his interviewees’ work, Brown elicits profound reflections from them as well as their considered opinions on the future of psychedelic drug medical research, God and the afterlife, LSD and mysticism, DMT research and non-human entity contact, problem-solving and psychedelics, ayahuasca and DNA, psilocybin and the religious experience, MDMA and PTSD, releasing the fear of death, the tryptamine dimension, the therapeutic potential of salvia, and the intersections between psychedelics and creativity, ecology, paranormal phenomena, and alternate realities.
In each interview we discover how these influential minds were inspired by their use of entheogens. We see how psychedelics have the potential to help us survive as a species, not only by their therapeutic benefits but also by revealing our sacred connection to the biosphere and by prompting people to begin on the path of spiritual evolution.
David Jay Brown holds a master’s degree in psychobiology from New York University. A former neuroscience researcher at the University of Southern California, he has written for Wired, Discover, and Scientific American, and his news stories have appeared on the Huffington Post and CBS News. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The New Science of Psychedelics. He lives in Ben Lomond, California.
Table of Contents
1 LSD, Science, Consciousness, and Mysticism An Interview with Albert Hofmann
2 The Nonordinary Mind, Psychedelics, and Psychology An Interview with Stanislav Grof
3 Creativity, Problem Solving, and Psychedelics An Interview with James Fadiman
4 Exploring Anomalous Experiences An Interview with Stanley Krippner
5 Alchemy, Ecology, and Psychedelics An Interview with Ralph Metzner
6 Exploring the Tryptamine Dimension An Interview with Dennis McKenna
7 Ayahuasca, DNA, and Decoding the Cosmic Serpent An Interview with Jeremy Narby
8 DMT Research and Nonhuman-Entity Contact An Interview with Rick Strassman
9 Psychedelic Warfare? Exploring the Potential of Psychoactive Weapons An Interview with James Ketchum
10 Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death An Interview with Roshi Joan Halifax
11 The Near-Death Experience, Parapsychology, and Psychedelics An Interview with Charles Tart
12 The Sacred Secrets of Salvia divinorum An Interview with Daniel Siebert
13 The Future of Psychedelic Drug Medical Research An Interview with Rick Doblin
14 Psilocybin Studies and the Religious Experience An Interview with Roland Griffiths
15 Music, Creativity, Shpongle, and Psychedelics An Interview with Simon Posford