The Psychedelic Science conference was really something special. For the first time ever, regarding psychedelics, I felt like I truly belonged. Everyone there, whether they were part of academia, the arts, healers or simply part of the community, contributed to a successful conference. It was certainly a privilege to be with so many like minded people. Many tough decisions had were made as I had to choose one speaker/topic over the others. Fortunately MAPS has uploaded all of the presentations, so I’ll be able to catch up on the topics that I missed. Majority of the discussions were very left brain. Meaning, there was a lot of scientific stats and terminology discussed. So for anyone that is more right brain, this may have seemed little on the drier side.
All I can say is that we’re really embarking on a special time period regarding psychedelics. A lot of progress is being made scientifically and it really seems like people are finally catching on. I was very happy to see younger generations stepping up to support the cause from an academic standpoint. Most of the speakers either come from or just missed the 60s psychedelic movement. Fortunately for us, the leaders that we have today in psychedelics, have learned from our past mistakes during this era. Because of it, the movement has shifted to a much more concentrated standpoint in how we work along side the government and their regulations.
Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, Opening Talk
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., gives the opening talk to a packed house in San Jose, California on April 16, 2010.
This video is from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference taking in place in San Jose, California on April 15-18, 2010. The conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.
This video was produced by Teal Sievers of Living Dream Films (www.livingdreamfilms.com).
To learn more about MAPS or to support our work, visit www.maps.org.
MAPS Founder Rick Doblin believes that MDMA will be legalized for medical use by 2021
If there was one thing that I would like to see differently about the event, I wish that there was a dedicated space to allow the Q & A to take place. Each presentation was closely monitored by an administrator, regarding the allotted time. The only unfortunate aspect was that most of the speakers were forced to do the quick go around, regarding their presentation. So, not every discussion was complete, nor was every question answered. This scenario is completely understandable though; there is only so much that a non-profit like MAPS can do, regarding the high expenses of running this event. Thank you MAPS. As for myself, I really had to limit the amount of discussions to sit in for. My objective for the weekend was to conduct interviews with several notable speakers within the psychedelic scene. For that,I was walking around and networking, while having my equipment strapped on to my body. Luckily for me, I was able to film 4 of the 7 key figures that I had intended to interview. I was challenged with lack of having high grade equipment, so from an aesthetic standpoint, my interviews were filmed in areas where I can produce the best audio quality. The background sound of the attendees were just too loud for me in the best settings. I had the privilege to interview Rak Razam, Steve Beyer, Taylor Marie and Brad Burge of MAPS. Everyone was really nice at the event. Why is that? Because everyone gets it. We’re experiencing a psychedelic renaissance and it is to the utmost importance that we work together, by forming a community to ensure our spiritual practices and conscious are free. Without MAPS and other organizations such as PRISM, the Beckley Foundation, Heffter Research Institute and the Council of Spiritual Practices, our future would be bleak. The statistics and results of every study presented speak a lot to a promising future. Psychedelics are proven to assist a variety of health issues regarding mind, body and soul. Besides the progress in health studies, we’re making significant progress politically (as is the case with Beckley Foundation and the president of Guatemala). We’re just in the midst of this renaissance. It’s so important that we continue to support the cause by donating, educating and acting responsibly. So much progress has been made and we cannot afford to do anything that would harm these advances.