Navigating Complexity: Psychedelics, AI, & Extended-State DMT


Episode 244

Alexander Beiner

In this episode of The Psychedelic Podcast, Paul F. Austin is joined by Alexander Beiner for a deep dive into nuanced engagement in the culture wars.

Paul and Alexander examine the importance of sense-making and the role of psychedelics in navigating complex environments. Alexander draws from his interviews with thought leaders like John Vervaeke, Ian McGilchrist, and Nora Bateson, shedding light on the Four E's of cognitive science. He explores how psychedelics can enhance discernment and adaptability in the face of a rapidly changing world. Alexander also shares his experiences with extended state DMT and its impact on his understanding of reality.

This conversation delves deeply into the realms of consciousness and reality, offering visionary insights into how psychedelic perspectives can inform and address the intricate challenges facing the world.

Alexander Beiner is an author and journalist. He's the author of 'The Bigger Picture: How psychedelics can help us make sense of the world' and an Executive Director of Breaking Convention, Europe's longest-running conference on psychedelic science and culture.

Podcast Highlights

  • The story of Rebel Wisdom and unpacking culture wars
  • John Vervaeke and Iain McGilchrist
  • Adding ‘emotion’ and ‘exaptation’ to 4E Cognition
  • DMT entities and the overview effect
  • Examining the different medicines can occasion unique mystical experiences
  • Idealism and panpsychism
  • The importance of cultivating relational ways of being
  • Envisioning new systems to facilitate responsible psychedelic use
  • Reestablishing a relationship with the land
  • Resources and conclusion

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