Primal Movers Podcast

The Emptiness Lab Ep. 10: Mike Jay - The History of Psychedelics

September 13, 2020
Primal Movers Podcast
The Emptiness Lab Ep. 10: Mike Jay - The History of Psychedelics
Show Notes

Mike Jay is an English author and cultural historian whose subjects include science, medicine, drugs, madness, literature and radical politics. The author of Artificial Paradises, Emperors of Dreams, The Atmosphere of Heaven, This Way Madness Lies and Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic, his critical writing on drugs has appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The International Journal of Drug Policy. He sits on the editorial board of the addiction journal Drugs and Alcohol Today and on the board of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

We spoke to Mike about an array of topics relating to his unique interest in subject areas not often covered in such an in-depth manner. He speaks about the diversity of the roles that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history and across all cultures and the interrelated dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism, conspiracy, art and social control. The hour flew by and we hadn't even scratched the surface of the questions we had in mind! We will certainly be inviting Mike back on to listen to more of his stories and very nuanced research approach to issues that are often presented in a narrow and judgemental manner.

DJ & I are focussed on using a wide-range of tools to experiment with, and experience human consciousness, physical potential and psychosocial expression. We speak with a wide-range of scientists, practitioners, explorers, therapists and interesting people with authentic stories to tell. Our aim is to keep conversations real, relaxed, probing and imaginative. We all have experiences to share and if our discussions help you to ask better questions and reflect upon life´s great mysteries, we´d love to hear from you!

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