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How Psychedelics Can Help Us Make Sense Of The Meta-Crisis

ATTMind Podcast 185 Alexander Beiner

Alexander Beiner is an author, journalist and facilitator focused on bringing new ways of seeing and being from the margins of culture into the mainstream. He does this through writing, and by creating transformative experiences that invite us to find ways to evolve and thrive in the chaotic times we live in.

He is the author of The Bigger Picture: How psychedelics can help us make sense of the world and writes a popular Substack, also called The Bigger Picture.

Additionally, he is an executive director of Breaking Convention, Europe’s longest-running conference on psychedelic medicine and culture. He was one of the founders of Rebel Wisdom, a popular alternative media platform that ran from 2017-2022 and explored the cutting-edge of systems change and cultural sensemaking.

The Bigger Picture, Alexander Beiner
The Bigger Picture, by Alexander Beiner

Finally, he was one of the first people in the world to experience Extended-State DMT, aka DMTx. An experience that plays an important narrative role in his aforementioned book, and is something we will touch on in the later parts of the interview you will here today.

Other things we touch on in this interview include how psychedelics can help us make sense of the meta-crisis; Complexity tolerance and the overwhelming deluge of information in modern digital life; “How” and “why” we solve a problem is as important as the “what” of the solution itself; the mythological impact of sci-fi narratives on identity and perception; and whether AI will become a new god.

Additionally, we speak on extended-state DMT (DMTx) and interacting with entities; overlaps in the perceptual impact of phenomena like DMT entities and UAPs; and emotionally managing the potential of our world slowly declining into a nightmare dystopian future.

Check out my previous interview with Alexander Beiner here on Adventures Through The Mind episode 137, Sensemaking Psychedelic Capitalism


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Episode Breakdown

  • (5:41) Interview begins | the impact of sci-fi narratives on identity and perception
  • (14:48) Technology for a friction-free life and the differing mythological impacts of Star Wars vs Star Trek
  • (19:22) How psychedelics can help us make sense of the meta-crisis
  • (25:28) Spheres of agency and how psychedelics have helped Beiner navigate crisis, personally
  • (28:49) Complexity tolerance and the overwhelming deluge of information in modern digital life
  • (32:38) Uncertainty tolerance, games, and prayer
  • (39:31) The importance of certain conceptual knowledge to access the benefits of psychedelics
  • (46:54) “How” and “why” we solve a problem is as important as the “what” of the solution itself
  • (1:01:00) The potential cultural (and cult) impact of AI | will AI become a new god?
  • (1:13:58) Extended-state DMT (DMTx) and interacting with entities | were they real?
  • (1:20:12) The impact of DMT entities and UAPs on how we understand where our solutions might come from
  • (1:31:17) How emotional resonance tricks us into believing thing that aren’t true
  • (1:33:17) The potential of our world slowly declining into a nightmare dystopian future
  • (1:39:39) Follow-up links for Beiner’s substack, book, and audiobook
  • (1:41:32) Outro

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