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Infinite Loops

Feb 17, 2022

Rick Doblin in the Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). MAPS is a leading organization in the USA supporting psychedelic and marijuana research since 1986. You can follow Rick on his Twitter at

Amy Emerson is the CEO of the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MAPS. You can learn more about MAPS and donate at

Show Notes:

  • Rick’s journey from Construction to Psychedelics
  • How Amy met Rick and started working together
  • How psychedelic research was hampered for decades
  • MDMA therapy for police officers and Navy Seals
  • Cultural shift in the perception of psychedelics
  • Has internet made it easier or difficult to spread propaganda?
  • Legitimate concerns agains advancements in psychedelic research
  • MDMA: A euphoric, or psychedelic?
  • Man-made vs. Natural psychedelics
  • Psychedelics are NOT magic cure-all pills
  • MDMA treatment for childhood trauma?
  • Alternative forms of treatment like sound therapy, VR, hypnotism
  • Why donate to MAPS

Books Mentioned:

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; by Ken Kesey
  • Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge; by Jeremy Narby
  • How to Change Your Mind; by Michael Pollan
  • The Immortality Key; by Brian Muraresku
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; by Robert M. Pirsig
  • The Body Keeps the Score; by Bessel van der Kolk
  • Happy; by Derren Brown
  • The Beginning of Infinity; by David Deutsch