RICK DOBLIN, PhD

RICK DOBLIN, PhD

RICK DOBLIN, PhD

MAINSTREAMING PSYCHEDELICS FOR CULTURAL EVOLUTION AND PLANETARY HEALTH

The current rise of fundamentalism and populism in multiple countries and cultures has great cause for concern. This talk will focus on how the mystical experience mediated by psychedelics or otherwise is the antidote to fundamentalism. This talk will discuss the growing acceptance of psychedelics in spiritual and meditative practices, the role of MDMA in healing individual and multigenerational trauma and historical patterns of cultural conflict. We will also discuss the potential role of psychedelics in conflict resolution, the counter-productive nature of prohibition and the factors which led to the backlash against psychedelics and why the future looks so bright underlining the importance of organizations such as MAPS and PRISM.

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and one of three children (two in college).