August 22nd, 2019

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The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

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Could psychedelic drugs treat PTSD and depression? A Q&A with Rick Doblin

For decades, research into drugs like LSD, MDMA and psilocybin was banned. Now it's time to shed our old fears and fully investigate their potential for treatments that could benefit people with PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and more, says psychedelics expert Rick Doblin.

The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

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The Ultimate Victory-Dance of the Disorganised, Proto-Yuppie Masses

The Woodstock concert remains a very intriguing subject.  It defined the paradox of the 1960's and early '70's, in that there was war and injustice boiling all around, even sucking in the youth as soldiers and protesters, and yet there was an uprising of imagination, liberty and love.  The creativity of the music, art and entertainment of that time was a culmination of the pent-up pain and aspirations seeking peace from the horrors and irrationality of World War Two - as it was also a dynamical blending of various trends in thought and music, by groups who had been segregated in spirit, but were now finding and reaching out to each other.

After the heaviness of insane assassinations, Vietnam, the Arms Race, riots, secrets, lies and so many injustices, a psychedelic mushroom-cloud of hope sprang up through this dank atmosphere, where all the whirls and sparkles of possibility, mingled and bloomed together as one, hearkening back to the original ideals of Liberal Democracy.

Woodstock's creation and business was intriguing in itself, but even more-so was the peace, cooperation and happiness that followed - almost on a wing and a prayer.  But it succeeded.  Even the police stood down, donned T-shirts, and celebrated the second summer of love, soon to be brought to the nation in moral solidarity, through the miracle of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.  It all happened in 1969.  And so did all the amazing music.  It was the white crest of the Boomer wave which, by now, has kinda crashed like glass around us, in some kind of Helter Skelter, but.  That was bound to happen.  Here are two very good audio documentaries from the BBC, recommended, if you are interested in the subject...


Why Woodstock still matters...

The Woodstock myth is a potent and evocative symbol of the '60s utopian hippie dream – an event that represents to the world the ultimate example of the unifying power of music, peace and love. To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic cultural events of the 20th Century, this programme explores the impact of the now legendary celebration and why the spirit of Woodstock still carries important social lessons, providing evidence that the power of ordinary people can effect change.

Musicians, artistes and organisers who were there including John Sebastian, Roger Daltrey, Carlos Santana, Michael Lang, Michael Wadleigh, Arlo Guthrie, David Crosby, Richie Havens, Eddie Kramer and Stephen Stills, explain how the pinnacle of the optimism that they all shared as a generation included 500,000 young people enjoying three days of what was billed as "an Aquarian Exposition".

And now that the Woodstock generation has indeed inherited the world, what lessons from that utopian dream are still being implemented today and how has the ‘60s hippie ethos that cherished the value that people placed on one another that weekend permeated society in general?

Presenter: Arlo Guthrie
Producer: Des Shaw

(CLICK PIC TO PLAY - Photo: Woodstock album cover. Credit: Burk Uzzle)

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I haven't seen the official Woodstock documentary, which did pretty well.  I did see another one, which is probably discussed via my tag ABOVE.  Here's a groovy picture -

Woodstock dudes looking for a cell-phone sweet -spot.