|What do you want, monsters?|
|What are you here to teach me, monster?|
"Walk right up to it, plant your feet and say, 'What do you have to teach me? What are you doing in my mind?'
"And if you do that, according to the flight instructions, your fear will morph into something much more positive very quickly."
On how psychedelics can help change the stories we tell about ourselves
"It's called the default mode network, and it's a group of structures that connect parts of the cortex -- the evolutionarily most recent part of the brain -- to deeper levels where emotion and memory reside.
-Pollan's feared future tombstone engraving
|It's a whole new way to look at cyclic time.|
"The experiences that people have are very real to them -- they're psychological facts. And one of the really interesting qualities of psychedelic experience is that the insights you have on them have a durability...
"[I wanted to understand] how, after a single psilocybin trip, they could decide, 'I'm never going to smoke again' based on the perspective they had achieved."
"I saw my body on a funeral pyre on the Ganges. And I realized, the universe is so amazing and there's so much to do in it that killing myself seemed really stupid.'
|Howard Bloom started '60s?|
- Sam Briger and Seth Kelley produced and edited this interview for NPR broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper, and Scott Hensley adapted it for the Web.