Eduardo Schenberg



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Why there are none of the great thinkers of psychedelic science @TED??

I would like to see TED talks covering the many insights from psychedelic science and culture. Just a few examples of great thinkers: Stanislav Grof, David Nichols, Alex Grey, Rick Doblin, Andrew Weil, Charles Grob, Sasha Shulgin, Ram Dass Ralph Metzner and etc...

  • Feb 21 2011: .... Roland Griffiths, MD (Johns Hopkins), Julie Holland, MD (NYU), Bob Jesse (, Andy Letcher, PhD, Michael Mithoefer, MD (MDMA for PTSD), Ethan Nadelman, JD, PhD (, Bill Richards, PhD (Johns Hopkins), Steve Ross, MD (NYU), Franz Vollenwieder, PhD (U. Zurich) and etc.
    Psychedelics are the most powerful psychiatric medicine or spiritual sacrament ever discovered. Every civilization in history has incorporated visionary plants into their culture and spiritual traditions, with a few exceptions (such as the Inuit, who don't have a visionary plant in their ecosystem), notably Western civilization. While our culture is facing dire challenges in values and ecology, psychedelic research is undergoing nothing less than a renaissance.
    I believe we are in the process of creating a post-postmodern society - an integral society - that transcends, heals, the disaster of Cartesian dualism. An integral science is post-postmodern. That is, after the extractive, power orientation of modernity, after the existential void of postmodern deconstruction, we are now moving toward an integral approach to reality, one that integrates seeming opposites—such as tribal and scientific—and makes us whole again.
    Psychedelics as a policy issue has to do with individual freedom, religious freedom, and personal well-being. As a catalyst for debate on topics such as scientific and individual freedom versus government control, psychedelics evoke “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” at its most fundamental.
    Science, spirtuality, public policy, anthropology, psychology as "psycheology" (the study of the soul) - psychedelics call up so much worth discussing, so many ideas worth spreading. I would wager that a higher than average proportion of TED members are personally interested in psychedelics. Let's introduce psychedelics to TED; both will benefit from the association!
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    Feb 17 2011: Well, it's definitely not for lack of info, good researchers and available videos. For example the largest ever conference on psychedelic science took place last april in California, and the whole thing is available for free at MAPS web site. Maybe because of the controversy, but I expect TED to be greater than some social prejudices that are still alive, mainly in USA...

    Please check the following links:

    and my own site and blog (in portuguese)
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    Feb 17 2011: Well, it's not lack of researchers, nor lack of videos and info. There are lots of videos, and there are lot of awesome findings, insights and theories for social change that we so much need! For example, last April the largest psychedelic science conference ever took place in California! The videos are all avalable for free at

    Check also the heffter research institute, the beckeley foundation and my own site and blog (almost all in portuguese so far...) and the links below

  • Feb 17 2011: I have wondered this as well. I have always assumed it was because of the controversy of the subject, or maybe a lack of researchers. I definitely feel that it would be beneficially informative, especially for those interested in cognitive sciences like myself.
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    Feb 16 2011: Could you share some website resources for psychdelic science , so that someone like me who is unfamiliar with the psychedelics know more about it ? There is also the question of why these speakers did not speak at any TEDx event.
    Maybe they don't have any video to share because of that.