This episode is the first of 3 parts. The central theme centers on the relationship between psychedelic experience and philosophy. In each part I’m joined by Peter Sjöstedt-H, a panpsychist, process, psychedelic philosopher who takes much influence from Alfred North Whitehead, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche.
Panpsychism refers roughly to the idea that mind, mentality, or sentience, is in all things. Process philosophy might roughly be stated to mean that fundamental reality consists in processes and not things. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, of course, favour a sort of monistic metaphysical principle, the will, whether to life, or power, respectively, as the ground of reality.
In this particular episode, though, we speak to a range of points including ego-dissolution, Henri Bergson’s notion of duration, the relation between dreams and psychedelic experience, and the cycle of destruction and creation more broadly. We also touch on Peter’s own philosophical beginnings and his present intellectual goals, and how psychedelic experience might inform such a pursuit.
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Peter's book, Noumenautics can be purchased from Psychedelic Press @ https://psychedelicpress.co.uk/products/noumenautics
If you're interested in reading a tight formulation of some key reasons to take panpsychism seriously, I suggest reading the following article: http://www.academia.edu/35860038/Panpsychism_Ubiquitous_Sentience
Big thanks to Ours Samplus for the intro/outro music. You can listen to 'Spell On You' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4ypU_3e_3E