Michigan Psychedelic Society's Nov 2018 Meeting is featuring Dave Nickles.
Commodifying the Sacred with Dave Nickles - November Monthly Meeting the Sacred: Considerations on Open Science, COMPASS, and the Mainstreaming of Psychedelics
In recent years, emphasis on “mainstreaming” psychedelics via the path of medical legalization (medicalization) has gained increasing popularity and focus within the broader “psychedelic community,” without much critical analysis of what this process actually entails. Psychedelic institutions seem evermore focused on playing the game of “respectability politics,” where marginalized communities and subcultures attempt to show that their values are continuous with those of dominant culture; even as many of us suffer the realities of prohibition, late capitalism, and industrial civilization on a daily basis.
As corporate players such as COMPASS Pathways, ATAI Life Sciences, and Eleusis Benefit Corp work to gain competitive advantages in the “virgin market” of psychedelic medicine, longstanding psychedelic researchers and organizations seem more interested in assisting these new corporate players and proclaiming that “this is inevitable” than questioning whether or not the rampant commodification and cutthroat business practices of Big Pharma have any place on the psychedelic terrain. We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history; facing unprecedented existential threats to human civilization and fundamental questions about the role of psychedelics in the world at large. With investors like Peter Thiel and donors like Rebekah Mercer becoming increasingly normalized within psychedelic organizations, we must all ask ourselves where we draw the line and how we can actually turn psychedelic insights into real-world actions.
David is an underground researcher and moderator for The DMT-Nexus community. He’s worked on numerous harm reduction projects including KosmiCare, Check-In, TLConscious, DanceWize, and The Open Hyperspace Traveler, to name a few. He’s offered cultural critiques and commentary on psychedelics and radical politics, as well as novel phytochemical data for psychedelic preparations at venues around the world. David is also a glassblower and spends much of his time working in his studio, when he’s not ranting about drugs and politics.
All are welcome! We do not charge for this event, but we do ask for a donation to help with our costs.
Our group doesn't engage in or promote illegal activities during our meetings. Please do not join this group to buy or sell illegal substances. That's not what it's about.