Ashley Booth and Amy Ralston Povah
Today’s podcast features Ashley Booth, scientist and psychedelic advocate, and Amy Ralston Povah, a victim and hero of the War on Drugs. The talk by Ashley was given at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man Festival, and the talk by Amy was given at a Venice, California salon hosted by Ashley in celebration of Bicycle Day 2014. Together these talks will give you a lot of things to talk about, both with friends who agree with you and the old Nancy Reagan just say no crowd. . . . As Ashley says, “By being a psychedelic advocate, I’m not saying that psychedelics are good for everyone, by any means. I would just like it to be an opportunity for people who would like to try it.”
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This was one of the best talks I’ve heard here, some very good advice for moving out cause forward and avoiding pitfalls.
Always nice to hear talks from others than the usual (all to often male) “rock stars” of the psychedelic movement (although they are also appreciated).
Very interesting to hear from Amy Ralston Povah who has personal experience of the darker sides of the psychedelic movement – 9 years and 3 months in prison. In Sweden a common jail sentence for rape (including a child rape) is between 1-10 years, and 10-18 years for murder. But the sentence can be shortened by good behaviour and other circumstances.
It was specially inspiring to learn a little about the unsung heroes of the movement, that helped Amy and others in similar predicaments. They seem to be working in the shadows despite not getting to much of fame, glory, money and/or good opportunities. I salute you! 🙂
I’d like people saying: psychedelics are good for everyone, at least in the bigger picture. Avoiding psychedelics can be compared to people who like to hang on to their believes in Santa Claus :p