The MAPS Conference on Psychedelic Science

The MAPS Conference, Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, (April 15-18) was a magnificent success! It generated a spectacular amount of media as a result, including from CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Scientific American, Nature News, New York Times, USA Today and many other media outlets. The conference and related media reports have been archived on both the “MAPS in the Media” page and “Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century” page. The astonishingly positive public education achieved by these articles will be seen in retrospect as a turning point, building public support for a substantial expansion of psychedelic research. Feel free to review and share these media reports with your friends and family.

Here is a link to the opening and the closing talks by MAPS Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D. and a very powerful statement by Andrew Weil, MD

Understanding Deep Politics – From a Conference at UC Santa Cruz

Byron Belitsos, friend and publisher, writes in his blog,

“As oil gushes in the gulf, debt gushes in Greece, and blood gushes in futile conflicts in central Asia, and while the U.S. gets ready to implode from a fraud-ridden financial system…the Understanding Deep Politics conference in Santa Cruz delved deep in its quest to uncover the covert realities behind such “overt” phenomena that now dominate today’s headlines.”

The following presentations, to my mind, were most thought-provoking and far-reaching in their implications.

  • David Ray Griffin, philosopher and theologian, author of five books on 9/11, continued his meticulous dissection of omissions and deceptions in the official accounts of this crime of the century. (Wikipedia)
  • Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat, poet and author,  who coined the concept of “deep politics” to describe the hidden undercurrents of public policies. Scott revealed how under the cover of assuring the “continuity of government” the United States executive branch has laid the foundation for the imposition of martial law, the suspension of the constitution and the mass detention of dissidents – all without congressional oversight or discussion. (Wikipedia)
  • Peter Phillips, who recently retired from organizing and publishing the annual Project Censored compilations of under-reported news – gave an over-view of provocative high-lights from the 2010 edition.
  • Ellen Brown, an attorney and author of the recent book Web of Debt, gave a most lucid and illuminating account of the intricate financial maneuvers of the “casino economy” – and outlined steps individuals and communities can take to protect their assets.
  • As a person of bi-national origin myself the most engaging presentation for me personally was by Dahlia Rasfi, MD, daughter of an Iraqi Muslim father and New York Jewish mother – who honored her parents and their respective peoples by presenting a clear-headed and warm-hearted analysis of the Mid-East conflict situation. The US occupation of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, she averred, are expressions of the same policies of colonial domination.

As I wrote in Roots of War and Domination (p. 33):

“Imperialism and colonialism involves one dominant state or nation taking the resource base of another, and imposing their rule on the subject population, exacting tribute or taxes. Genocide, from the perspective of the dominators, is simply a strategy for removing an entire population from a certain area, and replacing it with another population, which then takes over the existing resources. The cost of maintaining the original population is reduced or eliminated by extermination.”

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