Podcast 662 – “Leonard Pickard’s Rose of Paracelsus Ch 3”


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Guest speakers: Ben Sessa, Tom Roberts, and Kat Lakey

Today’s podcast features a reading of Chapter 3 from Leonard Pickard’s novel, The Rose of Paracelsus. The chapter is read by Dr. Ben Sessa who is currently leading a psychedelic research project with Professor David Nutt in the UK. The reading is followed by commentary by Dr. Thomas Roberts. Long time listeners to the salon will remember Dr. Roberts from my Podcast 633 – “The Man Who Invented Bicycle Day”.

Leonard Pickard’s email address
aphrodine (dot) 1 (at) gmail (dot) com

Links to previous Rose Garden Podcasts

Podcast 609 – “The Rose Garden – Introduction”

Podcast 629 – “The Rose Garden” 002

Podcast 644 – “The Rose of Paracelsus” – Chapter 1

Podcast 652 – “The Rose of Paracelsus” – Chapter 2

Ben Sessa’s Current Project

Books by Thomas Roberts

Psychedelics and Spirituality: The Sacred Use of LSD, Psilocybin, and MDMA for Human Transformation

The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values

Mindapps: Multistate Theory and Tools for Mind Design Foreword by James Fadiman

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  1. Sorry about the accompanying video at the link above. I should have found a link with just the song. Please listen to this album as Terence would have . . . in silence, in the dark, eyes closed.

  2. I know I share with everyone how remarkable it is this book was written in prison. Dr. Roberts mentions that he has shared emails with Leonard so apparently Leonard’s environment was not so bereft of resources as one would imagine that exists in a prison environment but still . . . this is such a remarkable work of art to have been created with only memory, imagination and perhaps some degree of online access.

    The elaborate version of Little Drummer Boy at the end is such a moving conclusion. I was immediately reminded of some work introduced to Roy Tuckman’s listeners (the KPFK host who did so much to introduce Terence to Southern California listeners in the late 70’s & early 80’s.) The album is Odes by Vangelis and Irene Pappas. The pace and tone of the version presented in this podcast is so reminiscent of the song Menousis from that remarkable album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luY5U4zvKZ8

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