Podcast 620 – “Psilocybin and the Mycology of Consciousness”

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Guest speaker: Paul Stamets

Lorenzo and Paul Stamets March 2019 - Orcas Island

Lorenzo and Paul Stamets
Orcas Island
March 2019

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Date this lecture was recorded: March 21, 2019.

[NOTE: All quotations are by Paul Stamets.]

“As we reach down and we find a mushroom, we have a Eureka moment that as we touch the mushroom we are touching a portal into an underground network of wisdom.”

“In a single cubic inch of soil there can be more than eight miles of mycelium.”

“Mushrooms had their form well before we had ours. These are ancestral organisms. These are not just miscellaneous little fungi growing on the ground. These are elders. These are ancient individuals. These are bastions of knowledge. Encyclopedic in their history of evolution.”

“[Consuming psilocybin mushrooms] would be a shared community experience. And it wouldn’t happen one time. It wouldn’t happen ten times. It would happen millions upon millions upon millions of times over millions of years. Circumstantially, you cannot deny the possibility that the constant ingestion of magic mushrooms would have an impact on the evolution of human consciousness.”

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Fungi Perfecti
Makers of Host Defense Mushrooms

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One Comment

  1. A really nice video of this talk is posted on the vimeo account for the Imagine Convergence. This and the other video posted appear to be recordings of the livestreams from the event. Some of the videos are 6 hours long.

    https://vimeo.com/326000932

    Lorenzo, your intro begins at about the 20 minute mark of this video. Thank you for posting this talk which prompted me to look for his slides. I was delighted to find that video of this quality preserved the event and provides a chance for the rest of the world to see and hear the talk.

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