Podcast 501 – #PsychedelicsBecause


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Guest speaker: Neşe Devenot

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Today’s podcast features three short talks by Neşe Devenot who is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where she teaches classes on psychedelics and literature. Nese received her PhD in 2015 in comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the study of psychedelic philosophy and the literary history of chemical self-experimentation (what you and I call “trip reports”). She is a founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference and is the former editor of “This Week in Psychedelics” (a Reality Sandwich column that reported on psychedelic news in the media between 2011 and 2013). And Nese is a founding member of the MAPS Graduate Student Association  . . . and as you will hear in the second short talk that I play, Nese has also earned her wings as a psychonaut as well.

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Neşe Devenot

Website: www.chemicalpoetics.com
Twitter: @NeseLSD
eMail: ndevenot (at) pugetsound (dot) edu
Online academic work:  https://ups.academia.edu/ndevenot
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  1. Hi, I’ve only begun listening to your podcast for a month now or so and really enjoy being able to hear a lot of different peoples opinions (and also the ones from the more known in the trade) about topics that aren’t always as much discussed in the mainstream.

    I’ve liked this podcast as well but had some issues about some statements she made:

    She said you can be gay without having to have sex with someone of the same sex. If she meant gay in the sense of happy then I totally understand this but she talks about the gay movement and I don’t know any specific movements about being happy (which doesn’t mean there aren’t), so I assume that she is talking about homosexuals and then this synonym for that meaning of gay says it all: sexuality towards the same sex.

    My opinion is that if you are gay without the sex then you are just a loving person or otherwise I’ve been gay all my life and this is a coming out 🙂
    So in my opinion being gay has always been about your sexual tendencies and not about loving people.

    You can give gradations to love in saying someone is a friend or the love of your life but in my opinion that’s just an illusion, we are all each other which means one love (I know this is statement is jumping borders and if I don’t explain it, it will be hard to believe but it’s just what I believe and I don’t feel wrong about that).

  2. Hey Lorenzo, I love this podcast! I would love to attain a transcript for my deaf friend if at all possible? Thanks O

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: If anyone makes a transcript of this podcast please let me know, and I’ll post it with the program notes.]

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