About This Episode
In 1990 Rick Strassman, a medical doctor and trained psychiatrist, began the first new US-government-approved and funded human research with psychedelic drugs in over twenty years, focusing on the endogenous compound DMT, or dimethyltryptamine—an extremely short-acting and powerful psychedelic. During the project’s five years, Rick administered approximately 400 doses of DMT to 60 human volunteers.
His first book “DMT: The Spirit Molecule,” published in 2000, describes the remarkable emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects of his DMT research, and is the basis for an independent documentary of the same name.
His latest book, DMT and The Soul of Prophecy tackles the major unresolved issues with which he was left after finishing his DMT project nearly 20 years ago. Rick was led to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) where the notion of a “prophetic state of consciousness” began taking shape; at the same time, he turned to the classic medieval Jewish philosophers like Maimonides, who proposed rather sophisticated metaphysical/spiritual mechanisms for the prophetic experience. Thus, DMT and the Soul of Prophecy explores the extent to which the prophetic and DMT states resemble each other, proposing metaphysical and spiritual mechanisms in common, in addition to shared biological mechanisms.
Rick believes it is so important for us to understand consciousness, and just as important to place psychedelic drugs in general—and DMT in particular—into a personal and cultural matrix where we do the most good and the least harm. In such a wide-open area of inquiry, it is best that we reject no ideas until we actually disprove them. It is in the interest of enlarging the discussion about psychedelic drugs that Rick continues his avid research, while writing and lecturing about DMT.
Join Brendan D. Murphy, Aimee Devlin, and Rick Strassman as they explore DMT and the Soul of Prophecy.
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– Aimee and Brendan