Author, historian and curator Mike Jay talks about Bedlam, lunacy, Big Pharma, and the history of mental illness he covers in his new book This Way Madness Lies: The Asylum and Beyond.
Philosopher and writer Joshua Ramey talks about oracles, markets, spontaneous order, and his new book The Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency.
Religious studies scholar Hugh Urban talks about the colorful guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, freak tantra, intellectual property and religion, and his new book Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement.
The psychotherapist and MAPS researcher Dr. Phil Wolfson talks about psychedelic transformation, secular Buddhism, the rubber band effect and his new edited collection The Ketamine Papers. http://philwolfsonmd.com
The art critic and music curator Brian Chidester talks about his new compilation album of songs by Eden Ahbez, a California composer and hippie prophet whose wrote the tune “Nature Boy” and also walked the talk. Chidester’s blog on Eden is at https://bcxists.wordpress.com/
The artist John F. Simon, Jr talks about multimedia, improvisation, contemplative practice, and his wonderful new book Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation.
The award-winning novelist John Crowley talks about fantastic literature, alchemy, and his new translation of the 17th century hermetic classic, The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosenkreutz (Small Beer Press).
Ganga White, founder of the White Lotus Foundation and one of the architects of American yoga, talks about gurus, psychedelics, flow, and the value of a pathless path. https://www.whitelotus.org Download this episode (right click and save)
Occultist and researcher “Azi Rasa” talks about the contemporary plight of the Yazidi, a religious minority group in Iraq whose worship of the Peacock Angel has inspired both fascination from modern occultists and genocidal hatred from ISIL.
Psychedelic activist Katie Tomlinson talks about psy-trance, religious experience, integration circles, and the potential role of psychedelics in overcoming oppression.