What is Western civilization all about? What are its greatest achievements and highest aspirations?
It’s my guess that most people’s replies to these questions would touch— before all the other splendid achievements of science, literature, technology, and the economy—on the nurture and growth of freedom.
Including, but not limited to, freedom from the unruly power of monarchs, freedom from the unwarranted intrusions of the state and its agents into our personal lives, freedom from the tyranny of the Church and its Inquisition, freedom from hunger and want, freedom from slavery and servitude, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom [...]
Is intelligence related to an increased likelihood of recreational drug use? It’s an interesting hypothesis, and one that’s been gaining momentum in recent years.
If a definitive link between intellectual capacity and drug use does exist, it will likely be some time before anyone establishes one. Having said that, this much is for certain: History has more than its fair share of experimenting experimentalists. Let’s meet 10 of history’s most influential scientific and technological visionaries, along with their drugs of choice.
Sting recalls his Amazon trip in which he consumed the powerful hallucinogen ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew that, as Sting describes, makes you feel “wired to the entire cosmos. It is direct access to the god-head. There is definitely a higher intelligence at work. ”Experiences can be “both miraculous and terrifying, humorous and adventurous, humbling and revelatory when Westerners drink ayahuasca.”
It’s a dose of Americana almost as big as the Apple co-founder’s legacy itself: Steve Jobs didn’t just take LSD. Steve Jobs dropped LSD multiple times, and found the psychedelic experience so profoundly and positively impactful on his thinking that he’d speak of acid in hushed reverence through the end. Today, fresh off the opening weekend of the Ashton Kutcher-starring biopic Jobs, and amid what some call a kind of psychedelic renaissance, Jobs’ heady life-streak is perhaps more potent than ever. Which has some people asking, OK, so what exactly did he take?
It’s hard, maybe even impossible, to say. But we can look at Jobs’ FBI file [...]
Ayahuasca is becoming more and more prevalent in society today, and Kyle Kingsbury is now advocating for the powerful psychedelic. After a punishing loss to Patrick Cummins last month, Kingsbury called it quits and retired from MMA. The bout marked Kingsbury’s first Octagon appearance in nearly two years.
Kingsbury spoke with MMAJunkie about the bout and his experience with ayahuasca.
“This was for me,” Kingsbury told MMAjunkie. “This fight was for me. I wanted to see if I could go in there with a clear head and perform. In terms of what I was shooting for from a mental standpoint and an emotional standpoint, I definitely got what I was looking for, and on the biggest [...]
What led folk-pop siblings Allison and Catherine Pierce to seek inspiration in the South American hallucinogenic? And did it work?
‘There’s this karaoke bar by my house that I go to a lot,” says Allison Pierce, sitting at a cafe table in Silverlake, Los Angeles. “There seems to be hardly anyone in there. But there’s this old Korean man, and we do a lot of duets. We do Beatles songs, and New York, New York and Country Roads …”
Next to her, her sister and bandmate Catherine looks at her with disbelief. “You do?” she asks, amazed.
“It’s because there’s just something about it that is a release,” Allison continues, unabashed. “I started going to the karaoke bar at a [...]
Chance are pretty good that you’ve heard about ayahuasca by now. While well-known musicians and actors have been touting the therapeutic drug’s benefits for decades, it’s exceedingly trendy these days, and has been referenced in episodes of Weeds and Nip/Tuck and the movie Wanderlust.
Here are 10 well-known Ayahuasca users:Father John Misty
The L.A. indie musician, formerly of the Fleet Foxes, has referenced the substance, singing “we could do ayahuasca” in his song “I’m writing a Novel.” Freak folk singer Devendra Banhart also has referenced participating in ceremonies, as have members of British indie group The [...]