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Often, our curiosity pulls us into covering subjects that are interesting to brain aficionados, but don’t fit neatly into any one of our "normal" categories — things like futurism, bioethics and emotional intelligence.

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Dennis McKenna psychedelics

Let’s go on a trip with psychedelics expert (and brother of Terence McKenna ) Dr. Dennis McKenna.

floatation-tank-submersion

Had I just woken up? Or had I been awake? I was sure I was awake — although I couldn’t actually see anything. I also couldn’t feel anything.  That is, I literally couldn’t feel anything.  (And here I mean literally from back when literally meant “literally,” before literally started meaning “not literally, but figuratively.”) I …

Hypnosis

If you think hypnosis is all about swinging watches, have we got news for you. It can change the way we use our brains in ways that were previously thought impossible.

DMT with Dr. Rick Strassman

Dr. Rick Strassman is something of a legend in the psychedelic research community. His studies in the early 1990s re-opened a door which had been securely bolted for almost three decades: a prohibition against testing psychedelics on human research subjects.

ketamine episode image

Ketamine has quite the reputation as a club drug. But research is showing its promising potential as a treatment for severe cases of depression.

scientific researcher with chemical molecules

Jesse talks with Dr. Carhart-Harris about the prototypical psychedelic, LSD, how it changes the brain in long-lasting ways, and why you’ll never look at bicycles the same way again.

cannabidiol, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics, marijuana

Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the “endocannabinoids”) are named after the plant — ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

Attention-Schema Theory, consciousness, awareness, smart drugs, nootropics, neuroscience

In his book “Consciousness and the Social Brain,” Princeton neuroscientist Dr. Michael Graziano lays out his compelling Attention-Schema Theory. Has he solved the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness?

april-fools

Dr. Andreet Mankala is the creator and leading advocate for one of the most cutting-edge medical procedures being performed today. At least, that’s what her proponents say. Others are not so sure, pointing out that her experimental chakra transplantation may not yet ready for human testing.

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