#211 – Brian Muraresku: The Secret History of Psychedelics

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Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
(00:00) – Introduction
(09:46) – Who or what is God?
(25:15) – Terence McKenna’s DMT Trips
(29:58) – Psychedelics were the source of collective intelligence
(40:30) – Psychedelics in ancient alcohol
(43:30) – The Immortality Key
(46:16) – Jesus and psychedelic wine
(58:56) – Role of rituals in human society
(1:02:37) – Human confrontation with death
(1:05:15) – The future of the human experience
(1:17:07) – The role of religion in society
(1:22:54) – The future of psychedelics research
(1:26:05) – Fasting and meditation as religious experiences
(1:29:44) – Neuralink and BCIs
(1:36:42) – Is LSD a crutch or an aid in creative work
(1:39:21) – Nietzsche said God is dead
(1:41:48) – Creatures people meet while on psychedelics
(1:47:18) – Consciousness
(1:53:41) – Books or movies that made an impact
(1:57:39) – Meaning of life