[Noisebridge-discuss] PsychedelicSF

Daniel Jabbour daniel at psychedelicsf.org
Tue Feb 28 21:34:52 UTC 2012


The response I've gotten from the Noisebridge community thus far has been quite positive. Many folks have emailed me and are excited about the event.

Our event on Sunday won't be much of a discussion of experiences, though fostering discussion between consciousness seekers is one of our organizations many goals. Sunday's lecture will be given by an amazing researcher, lecturer, Ph.D, and anthropologist, and will analyze the public debate, regulation, and context of Ayahuasca use from an anthropological perspective.

Noisebridge already has many non-"technie" sciences- we have a mycology (mushroom) lab, a sewing group, and people working on hacking everything from our political system to art and tech. I feel psychedelics are at a nexus of all this! It's undeniable the role consciousness study plays in art, science, and technology. Furthermore, Ayahuasca is traditionally a form of medicine, albeit not modern medicine. It is however, expanding globally, and the scientific community is taking note. For instance, MAPS (maps.org) had a psychedelic science conference last December, at which our first meetup took place. And many amazing scientists (including the one who is coming to talk on Sunday) spoke to an audience of several hundred folks.

Psychedelics can be attributed to many advances in science. To list just a few:
PCR, or Polymerase Chain Reaction, an incredibly important scientific process around DNA replication, was discovered by Kary Mullis who is quoted saying, "What if I had not taken LSD ever; would I have still invented PCR?" He replied, "I don't know. I doubt it. I seriously doubt it."
Crick, of Watson and Crick, the scientists who identified the DNA molecule is quoted as saying how profound a role psychedelics played in his life and science.
The personal computer revolution has had a lot of psychedelic users- there's an old quote in geek culture about these early days, "There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX."

The Buddhist Center, and other similar spiritually minded organizations are appropriate for some kinds of talks. But our talk Sunday has very little to do with spirituality. We intensionally choose Noisebridge (after I had a discussion with Mitch), as we thought it'd be a great match. We're also planning a future meetup about psychedelic mushrooms.

If you'd like to talk about this more, please reach out.

Warm regards,

Daniel Jabbour
Organizer, Psychedelic Society of San Francisco
daniel at psychedelicsf.org

On Feb 28, 2012, at 1:18 PM, Will Sargent wrote:

> Daniel,
> The reason I ask is because Noisebridge traditionally has an emphasis
> on hacking, where hacking roughly means "creative activities with an
> interaction between art and technology."
> "Hacking consciousness" not withstanding, this sounds like a
> discussion of the experiences that various different kinds of drugs
> give you and how tribal societies interact with those drugs -- which
> can be educational and worthwhile, but not really along the same lines
> as building your own circuits, learning how to do web development, or
> even learning how to make legal, safe drugs through chemistry.
> Is this something that you think should be hosted at Noisebridge
> specifically?  Do you think you might find more interested people at,
> say, the Buddhist Center or Free School?
> Will.
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Daniel Jabbour
> <daniel at psychedelicsf.org> wrote:
>> William-
>> We're a relatively new group, just started last December. Right now we've got about 150 folks on our meetup.com group (www.PsychedelicSF.org), and our event at Noisebridge will mark our 5th or so event. I helped organize a similar group in NYC, before I moved, that grew to over 600 members. Hacking one's consciousness is fascinating and at the heart of the human experience. I hope you can make it to our lecture at Noisebridge this Sunday :)
>> Warm regards,
>> Daniel
>> --
>> Daniel Jabbour
>> Organizer, Psychedelic Society of San Francisco
>> http://www.PsychedelicSF.org
>> daniel at psychedelicsf.org
>> On Feb 28, 2012, at 12:01 PM, Andy Isaacson wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:34:50AM -0800, William Sargent wrote:
>> "We work to create safe spaces to foster discussion and community
>> between consciousness seekers: psychologists, artists, philosophers,
>> hippies, makers, scientists . . . I hope you can join us at a future
>> meetup."
>> Is this another troll, or is this actually a real thing?
>> I wondered the same thing, and asked around.  The consensus seems to be
>> that the book release party is a real event put on by real, sincere
>> people.
>> -andy
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