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When the Pendulum Goes One Way...

When the Pendulum Goes One Way...

Dr. Mariavittoria Mangini returns to discuss some important topics that have been on my mind.

There is an old idiom that says when the pendulum goes one way, it’s bound to swing back the other. Our guest, my old acquaintance and esteemed academic, Dr. Mariavittoria Mangini, has found that phrase applies to many aspects of her life. While we may be in precarious and difficult times, Mariavittoria has managed to stay positive, knowing that things can always change for the better. We sit down to have a full and wide-ranging conversation on politics, the state of the nation, privilege, and, of course, the profoundly lasting impression psychedelics have made on her life.

“I feel like I've had a lot more adventures and a lot more color and texture in my life because of those experiences.”

Mariavittoria Mangini, Ph.D., FNP has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. She is one of the founders of the Women’s Visionary Council, a nonprofit organization that supports investigations into non-ordinary forms of consciousness and organizes gatherings of researchers, healers, artists, and activists whose work explores these states. She is Professor Emerita in the School of Science, Allied Health, and Nursing at Holy Names University and a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. For the last 50 years, she has been a part of the Hog Farm, a well-known communal family based in Berkeley and Laytonville, California.


Show notes:

  • Psychedelic elder and visionary- Mariavittoria Mangini- featured in the forthcoming book Psychedelic Wisdom (0:42)

  • Mariavittoria's first experiences at the age of 16 (2:17)

  • Realizations about death and the change in life course (3:18)

  • The effects on her life happiness (4:33)

  • The Haight Ashbury free clinic – a barefoot patient and later a Chairman of the Board (6:38)

  • Will the American experiment in democracy last? (10:00)

  • The problem with unremitting negativity in the media (10:22)

  • The dangers of political polarization (12:48)

  • Is religion the source of moralizing divisions? (14:44)

  • Has America ever been a theocracy? (17:01)

  • The dawn of open discussion of psychedelics and radical social changes of the past 30 years (21:21)

  • The role of community radio in a democracy (25:27)

  • Why communities need elders (31:24)

  • What's going on with elders who lack wisdom? (34:32)

  • The lingering effects of racism and white supremacy (37:00)

  • The appropriate age to introduce children to psychedelics in a post-legalization world (45:30)

  • The legacy of Betty Eisner and the idea of "Matrix" (46:29)

  • The idealized view of universal access to psychedelics (48:47)

  • How "matrix" effects one's protocol for administering psychedelics (50:27)

  • What were the Eleusinian mysteries? (53:23)

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Mariavittoria’s previous episode on MBHP:

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Listen now (65 min) | This week I continue my series of Confessions of the Psychedelic Elders (please subscribe and review) with an old acquaintance (and neighbor of mine in Mendocino County) – Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP. Mangini is the author of the forward for the newly released volume of Sasha Shulgin's pharmacology lectures: The Nature of Drugs, and has written exte…
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Watch now (57 min) | In 1966, on her 16th birthday, Mariavittoria Mangini had her first psychedelic experience: “Much of my adult life since then has been kind of a footnote to that experience, because it really changed my direction and made a profoundly lasting impression on me…
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Dr. Richard Louis Miller is an American Clinical Psychologist, Founder of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Sanctuary, and broadcaster who hosts the Mind Body Health & Politics talk radio program from Mendocino County, California. Dr. Miller was also Founder and chief clinician of the nationally acclaimed, pioneering, Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program. Dr. Miller’s new book, Psychedelic Medicine, is based on his interviews with the most acclaimed experts on the topic. Mind Body Health & Politics radio broadcast is known for its wide ranging discussions on political issues and health. The program’s format includes guest interviews with prominent national authorities, scientists, best-selling authors, and listener call-ins. The programs offer a forum and soundboard for listeners to interact with the show and its guests. We invite you to listen to the latest broadcasts below or visit our many archived programs. We’d love to hear from you on political and health issues!