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@ Cabaret Voltaire
The Psychedelic Salon Zürich
Luisa Trujillo: Psychedelic Politics
Luisa is a political scientist with a MA in Development Studies. She is interested in the socio-political aspects of psychedelic substance use.
This is the last Psychedelic Salon of this season. We wish you a beautiful summer and will be back in September.
Zürich | Spiegelgasse 1 | Thursday, 8 June 2023 | 18 – 21 h | CHF 15

@ Gaia Media Lounge
The Psychedelic Salon Basel
A change of plans: Luisa Trujillo will repeat her presentation about Psychedelic Politics. Julia Jus cannot attend.
Basel | Hochstrasse 70 | Thursday, 18 May 2023 | 18 – 21 h  | CHF 15

MAPS Psychedelic Science Conference
Be part of the breakthrough – featuring more than 300 speakers from all over the world
Denver | Colorado | 19 – 23 June 2023

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Phoebe Bridgers
Wasted – video by Rob Moose
Phoebe Bridgers, born 1994 in Pasadena, California, has lately been enjoying huge success both as a solo artist, and as a member of the band ‘Boygenius’. She plays the guitar and names the late Elliott Smith as a big influence. Her style has been called a mix of indie rock, emo folk, and indie rock. (Wikipedia) Her music has lately lost some of its unhappiness but still deals with topics such as loneliness, gender rights, and racial justice.
Libera Awards

Medicine (feat. Thom Yorke) – from the album Sus Dog
«Sus Dog… creates songs you’ll replay because you can’t get their comforting weirdness anywhere else. Clark’s falsetto, reminiscent of Caribou’s Dan Snaith or executive producer Thom Yorke, is used carefully as a texture that neither distracts nor dominates, counterbalancing the occasionally abrasive electronics.» (The Observer) Radiohead’s Tom Yorke has a long history of contributing to other people’s albums.

Total Protonic Reversal – from the album Supercluster
JAAW is a post-industrial supergroup featuring Andy Cairns (Therapy), Jason Stoll (Mugstar, KLÄMP, Sex Swing), Wayne Adams (Death Pedals, Big Lad, Petbrick) and Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers, Goldie, Squarepusher). JAAW glories in big riffs and massive hooks, while also pushing the boundaries of what that even means thanks to its uncompromising strangeness.
June Records

Lola Young
My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely
«On her debut project, ‘My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely’, it’s gratifying to hear Young push her idea of pop beyond the spacey atmospherics of her earlier material – this is the overdue arrival of a completely credible new talent. Much of the 10-track collection was inspired by Young’s schizoaffective disorder diagnosis, a condition marked by intrusive thoughts – though it’s also about grace and the illusion of effortlessness.» (New Music Express)
Island Records

Peter Fox
Eine Auge blau (‘One Eye Blue’)
The German producer, hip-hop and dancehall musician was born in Berlin in 1971 and is actually called Pierre Baigorry. His family comes from the Basque country. He is one three musicians of the band Seeed. He started playing the piano at an early age and also played the recorder and even the trombone. He has been writing idiosyncratic lyrics to catchy music for a long time.

goodnews editorial

education reconsidered              

Our education system is no longer up to date. In a society like ours, where knowledge is globally available, we require a new pedagogy that caters to individual needs. Instead of merely presenting curricula, teachers might empower our children and grandchildren to explore, analyze, and cultivate their own ideas and plans collaboratively with their peers.

Claudio Naranjo, the trailblazing Chilean American psychiatrist, spiritual teacher, and psychedelic therapist, made significant contributions to psychiatric research by introducing harmaline, an active ingredient of ayahuasca, and the Central African Tabernanthe iboga in the Sixties. In later years, he shifted his focus towards the education of children and adolescents, authoring a thought-provoking book titled Changing Education to Change the World: A New Vision of Schooling, which should be read by anyone who encounters the education system and hopes for alternatives.

Naranjo’s educational approach recognizes that action, thought, feeling, and consciousness are essential aspects of our being. Bill Gates recently suggested that robots can teach children how to read and write more effectively than human educators, due to the artificial teacher’s capacity to intelligently respond to the unique needs of each student in a measured and engaging manner. Given our limited attention span during childhood, robot teachers could be utilized in short, targeted sessions whenever a child is receptive to learning. Older children become valuable motivators due to their own reading skills. Within a mixed-age setting, children have the autonomy to choose their learning companions and collaboratively work in groups to explore specific subjects or engage in creative projects.

A small team of teachers provides guidance and supervision, while parents may participate both at home and in the learning centers. This approach promotes collaboration and growth.

When it comes to learning, young people tend to focus on subjects that align with their interests and abilities. Given this natural inclination, granting them greater autonomy over their education from an early age seems logical. By doing so, we foster an environment that encourages surprise and innovation, recognizing that childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood are prime creative periods in life. Many renowned geniuses accomplished their remarkable achievements before the age of twenty-five. By nurturing young learners’ autonomy, we unlock their potential and create opportunities for them to explore and excel in areas that truly captivate their curiosity and passion.
It is worth contemplating the current educational landscape, where considerable time is devoted to acquiring fundamental skills, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. While these skills are undoubtedly essential, it is even more important to give our children access to the tools and mindset necessary to actively engage with and reinvent the world that awaits them.
   Yours, sincerely,

   Susanne G. Seiler 

P.S. You’ll find us at the gaialounge, Hochstrasse 70 (behind Basel’s SBB station, tram stop Peter Merian), every Thursday afternoon from 14 – 18 h. Welcome!

a red, red, rose

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.

 Robert Burns

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Whiteout: How Racial Capitalism Changed the Color of Opioids in America

Helena Hansen, David Herzberg and Jules Netherland
Black people on drugs get police, prison, and methadone; white folks get therapy, sympathy, and buprenorphine. Meanwhile, the biggest dealers, pharmaceutical companies, get fines and wrist slaps, but continue to profit by creating addicts and then selling drugs promising a cure. Why? The answers are here.
University of California Press 

Haight-Ashbury, Psychedelics, and the Birth of Acid Rock

Robert J. Campbell
Campbell relates how LSD allowed users to enhance the perception of alternative realities and describes its wide-scale use in the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco from 1964 to 1967. Combining literature, social history, and personal experience, the author traces the birth, downfall, and legacy of the innovative, playful, and spontaneous counterculture launched in 1960s Haight-Ashbury.
Suny Press

Waiting to Inhale. Cannabis Legalization and the Fight for Racial Justice

Akwasi Owusu Bempah, Tahira Rehmatullah
From the start, the War on Drugs targeted Black, Brown, and Indigenous Americans already disadvantaged by a system stacked against them. Even now, as white Americans who largely escaped the fire capitalize on the legalization movement and a booming cannabis industry, their less fortunate peers continue to suffer the consequences of the systemic racism in policing and failed drug policy that fueled the original crisis.
MIT Press


William Gropper
«The book is a witty social realist graphic novel of life among working-class variety performers—or maybe it’s a graphic ballad, with its surface simplicity. But the story gains in depth on repeated viewing—and each viewing is a delight, as Gropper’s cartooning masterfully reveals character through expressive gestures in efficiently observed spaces. He tells his story with a bold, graceful, and athletic brush line—somehow both light and weighty—that soars and swings across the pages until the artist, and the woman at the center of this tale, land firmly on their feet.» (Art Spiegelman)
New York Review Comics

Set and Setting. Kerim Seiler (1997-2022)

Anne Vieth, Walter König, Stefan Zweifel
There’s a new, English-language book out about my son, an artist and also the president of gaiamedia. It provides detailed and graphically elaborate insights into twenty-five years of his artistic work. In addition to its documentary character, the book deals with art history. Various theoretical approaches can be distinguished and interpreted looking at Kerim’s endeavors. (sgs)
Cornerhouse Publications

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Vastela Books
The one and only English 2nd hand bookstore in Zurich

Truth Be Told
Tonya Mosley explores Black liberation with some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Season 5 explores what the latest psychedelic renaissance means for the Black diaspora.

Sanctuary of Visionary Art

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Conscious experience
science | Live Science | 1 May
Surges of activity in the human brain at the moment of death

Facilitated access
psychoactive | Compass Pathways | 2 May
American Medical Association to issue first new code for psychedelic therapies

culture |  Live Science | 3 May
Buddhists in Egypt during Roman times

psychoactive |  Rolling Stone | 6 May
Psychedelics as a cure for capitalism

culture | Inverse | 8 May
A new area of sustainable design

The Hvarts of Croatia
culture | Vice | 8 May
Sunken neolithic road discovered off the Adriatic coast, seen here.

psychoactive | The Psychedelic Blog | 12 May
First psilocybin center to open in Oregon

psychoactive | MJ Biz Daily | 12 May
Canadian government made 1,5 billion dollars in marijuana tax in 2021/22

Greening cities
eco | Bloomberg | 16 May
Brussels is taming the automobile

psychoactive | Forbes | 22 May
Switzerland to expand testing program to more cities

eco | The Guardian | 22 May
Toronto’s Don River is roaring back to life

Cannabis II
psychoactive Filter | 24 May
Towards racial justice

Easy to get
psychoactive | Vice | 24 May
Procuring LSD in Japan

psychoactive | Psychedelic Blog | 26 May
Activating consciousness

psychoactive | Psy-Post | 27 May
Study show long-lasting effects in mice.

All we need is a miracle…
culture | The Guardian | 28 May
People flock to Missouri monastery to see the intact body of a dead nun.

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Tim Ferris features:
Dr. Andrew Huberman on all aspects of health including psychedelics

Bioneers Podcast
Creating a World Where Everyone Belongs: From a Change of Heart to System Change with Angela Glover Blackwell and John A. Powell


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