PsychonauticswithMike Jay

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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

Here he focuses on the long history, within western science, of researchers exploring the effects and effectiveness of different drugs through self-experimentation.

00:00:00 Introduction

00:02:08 The Royal Society

00:09:53 A microscope into the mind

00:14:13 Sir Humphry Davy and nitrous oxide

00:18:32 William James

00:29:16 The romantics

00:36:57 Sigmund Freud and cocaine

00:39:56 Aldous Huxley and psychedelics

00:48:20 Leary, Alpert, Metzner and The Psychedelic Experience

00:50:30 Carl Jung and active imagination

00:52:53 The psychedelic renaissance

01:00:47 Conclusion

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(Recorded on April 18, 2024)

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Published on May 17, 2024


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