part two of this deep dive, Psymposia and Thought Slime analyze
Jordan Peterson's fascination with psychedelics as an example of
the reactionary, right-wing ideologies that have been developing
within psychedelia in recent decades. Reacting to a 2021 podcast of
Peterson's, we discuss the significance of Peterson's popularity
among some prominent psychedelic researchers. As figures like
Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro continue to advocate for harmful
"conversion therapies" for minority sexual orientations and gender
identities, we discuss the dangers of reactionary interest in
psychedelic-assisted therapies, given that psychedelics are already
associated with increased suggestibility and shifts in identity.
Considering the fact that many scientists and CEOs in the
psychedelic renaissance are lobbying right-wing donors and
politicians, we highlight the risks inherent to reactionary forces
developing frameworks for accessing psychedelics.
Plus Three dives deep into the world of drugs, from local decriminalization and emerging psychedelic corporations to leftist politics and mass incarceration. Each week the team and guests attempt to make sense of the complex connections between drugs, science, capitalism, policy, and culture.
The podcast is co-hosted by Psymposia co-founder Brian Normand, psychedelics research and bio-ethicist Nese Devenot, evolutionary ecologist Brian Pace, and underground researcher David Nickles.