Exploring Drugs and CulturewithMike Jay

Books Mentioned In This Interview

Mike Jay is a freelance journalist and cultural historian. He is author of many books including Psychonauts: Drugs and the Making of the Modern Mind; Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the Nineteenth Century; High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science and Culture; Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic; This Way Madness Lies: The Asylum and Beyond; and The Influencing Machine: James Tilly and the Air Loom. His website is https://mikejay.net/

This wide-ranging interview provides something of an overview of Mike Jays research into all aspects of drugs and culture.

00:00 Introduction

07:49 Drug use in animals

15:01 Primary drugs unique to cultures

19:09 Social status and drugs

26:15 Religious use of drugs

32:34 Learning to use a drug

40:54 Drugs in the arts and literature

45:43 Drugs and ritual magic

48:45 Narcotics

55:39 Conclusion

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(Recorded on March 20, 2024)

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Published on April 15, 2024


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