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DANIEL PINCHBECK
Author

Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). He co-founded the web magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Evolver.net, and edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, with North Atlantic Books. He was featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. Daniel hosted the talk show Mindshift, on GaiamTV. He is the founder of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki. His essays and articles have appeared in a vast range of publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and ArtForum, and he has been a columnist for Dazed & Confused.

His new book is How Soon Is Now

ABSTRACT: ENVISIONING A PSYCHEDELIC FUTURE


As most of us know, when psychedelics were first discovered by Western science in the 1950s, they were seen as powerful tools for exploring the human mind. A new wave of research has reconfirmed this. The main focus of recent studies is on healing psychological issues and learning how these chemicals impact the brain. However, the impiication of psychedelics for the future of our society are much deeper than that. They call into question our current paradigm on many levels. For instance, psychedelics seem to amplify psychic abilities and increase synchronicity. They also deprogram users from their believe in the norms of contemporary society, suggesting we could radically redesign our social and technical systems in ways that would be beneficial for the individual as well as the ecosystems that support us. In his new book How Soon Is Now?, Daniel Pinchbeck applies psychedelic insight to the need for a comprehensive redesign of our social and technical systems. In this talk, he highlights some of those insights.