Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK

Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK


After six million years of boredom, the evolutionary
ascent of our species from the last common ancestor with the chimpanzee, something extraordinary
happened to us less than a hundred thousand years ago, which, by the way, is long after
we’d become anatomically modern. It was a kind of emergence into consciousness less
than a hundred thousand years ago; really less than forty thousand years ago, when we
became fully symbolic creatures. And this great change has been defined as the single
most important step forward in the evolution of human behaviour; is intimately associated
with the emergence of the great and transcendent rock and cave art all around the world. Over
the last thirty years, research has been lead by the professors at David Lewis Williams
at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and many others, have suggested an
intriguing and radical possibility, which is that this emergence into consciousness
was triggered by our ancestor’s encounters with visionary plants and the beginning of
shamanism. If you analyse the cave art – there’s not
time to go into the details here – but there are so many details that make it clear that
this was an art of altered states of consciousness, of visions. Plants like the amanita muscaria
mushroom and psilocybin mushrooms appear to have been directly connected with this sudden
and radical change. So to investigate this possibility when I got interested in this
mystery, I went down to the Amazon where there are still surviving shamanistic cultures today;
and where they drink the powerful visionary brew: ayahuasca – of which the active ingredient
is Dimethyl Tryptomine (DMT) which is actually closely related at the molecular level to
psilocybin. Now, normally DMT cannot be activated orally – when we encounter it in the west
it’s generally smoked. There’s an enzyme in our stomachs called Monoaminoxydase which
switches off DMT on contact. But in the Amazon they’ve gotten around this problem, they say
it was the spirits that taught them how to do it. The DMT in the ayahuasca brew is contained
in these leaves from a plant that they call {{chakruna}} in the Amazon, and there they
mix it together with this vine. And out of the 150,000 species of plants and trees in
the Amazon, this is the one that contains a Monoaminoxydase inhibitor, which switches
off that enzyme in our stomachs, and allows the DMT in the leaves – when the two are married
together and cooked in water – to be absorbed orally and takes us on a four hour journey
into extraordinary realms. Now, it’s no joke to drink ayahuasca. The ayahuasca brew has
a foul, foul taste – really, really hideous – and a dreadful, dreadful smell, and after
you’ve drunk your cup you’ll find within 45 minutes or so that you’re sweating, that you’re
feeling nauseous. Pretty soon you may well be vomiting, you may have diarrhoea, so, you
know, nobody’s doing this for recreation. And, I’d like to add that I don’t think any
of the psychedelics should be used for recreation. They have a much more serious and important
mission with humanity. So, we’re not doing this for fun, but what draws people to ayahuasca
again and again to brace themselves for this experience? (and you do have to brace yourself)
is it’s extraordinary effects at the level of consciousness. One of those effects
has to do with creativity, and we can see the creative cosmogenic impulse of Ayahuasca
in the paintings of Ayahuasca Shamans from Peru – like the paintings of {{Pablo Amaringo}}
here those richly saturated colours, they’re amazing visions that they reproduce. This
creative impulse has also spread to western artists – many western artists now have been
deeply influenced by ayahuasca and are also painting their visions. As these paintings
show, another universal experience of ayahuasca is the encounter with seemingly intelligent
entities which communicate with us telepathically. Now, I’m making no claim one way or another
as to the reality state of these entities we encounter, simply that phenomenologically,
in the ayahuasca experience they are encountered by people all over the world. And most frequently
of all, the spirit of ayahuasca herself, mother ayahuasca, who is a healer – and although
she’s kind of the mother goddess of the planet she seems to take a direct personal interest
in us as individuals – to heal our ills, to want us to be the best that we can possibly
be, to correct errors and mistakes in our behavior that may be leading us down the wrong
path. And this is perhaps why – and it’s an untold story really – ayahuasca has been fantastically
successful in getting people off harmful addictions to hard drugs such as heroine and cocaine.
{{Jacques Mobbit}} of the {{takiwasi clinic}} in Peru brings heroine and cocaine addicts
out there for a month, gives them twelve ayahuasca sessions, and they have encounters with mother
ayahuasca during those sessions that lead them, not to wish to take heroine and cocaine
anymore, and more than half leave completely free of their addiction and never return to
it and don’t even have withdrawal symptoms. The same incredible healing work was being
done by a doctor in Canada by Dr. {{Gabor Matte}} until the Canadian Government intervened
and stopped his healing practice on the grounds that ayahuasca itself was an illegal drug.
Now, I have some personal experience of this – I’ve not been addicted to heroine or cocaine,
but I had a 24-year nonstop cannabis habit. This started off smoking the herb, and naturally
vaporising it, but the basic truth is that for 24 years I was pretty much permanently
stoned – and I enjoyed being stoned, and I felt that it helped me with my work as a writer,
and perhaps at some point it did, but when I first encountered ayahuasca, I had already
been smoking cannabis for 16 years. Almost immediately, ayahuasca started giving me messages
that this was no longer serving me, that it was leading me to behave in negative and unhealthful
ways towards others. Of course, I ignored those messages for years and years and went
back to being stoned 16 hours a day. But that negative behaviour that ayahuasca was pointing
out did actually get worse and worse – I don’t want to put down cannabis and I believe it’s
the sovereign right of every adult to choose to smoke cannabis if they wish to do so, but
I think I was overusing it, I think I was abusing it, not using it responsibly. I became
more and more paranoid, jealous, possessive, suspicious, I was subject to irrational rages,
I often made the life of my beloved partner {{Santher}} a misery. When I went down for
my regular encounter with ayahuasca in October 2011, I was given the most unbelievable kicking
by mother ayahuasca. I was put through an ordeal, it was a kind of life-review. It’s
not an accident that ayahuasca is “the vine of the dead”. I was shown my death, and I
was shown that if I came to death – and what awaits us after death – without having corrected
the mistakes that I was making in my life, that it would be a very bad thing for me – and
actually, mother ayahuasca literally took me to hell, and that hell was a little like
this “Hell” painted by {{Heronimus Boncture}} – a truly terrible place and a little like
the place that the ancient Egyptians called the judgement Hall of Osiris, where our souls
are weighed on the scales in the presence of the Gods against the feather of Truth and
Justice of Cosmic Harmony. And I was shown that the path I was walking – my abuse of
cannabis and the behaviour associated with it – was going to lead me to be found wanting
in the judgement, and that I might face annihilation in the world beyond death. So, perhaps not
surprisingly, when I came back to England later in October 2011 I gave up cannabis and
I’ve never smoked it again since then. Actually, again I’m speaking only personally with no
comment on others’ use of cannabis, it’s as though a monkey has been lifted off my back.
I’m liberated in incredible ways, far from my creativity being inhibited, I find myself
writing much more productively, much more creatively, much more focused, and much more
efficiently as well. I’ve begun to be able to address those negative aspects of my behaviour
which cannabis had revealed, and hopefully to make myself slowly – it’s a long progress
– into a more nurturing, more loving, more positive person. This whole transformation
– it really has been a personal transformation for me – was made possible by this encounter
with death that mother ayahuasca gave me. That leads me to ask, what is death? Our materialist
science reduces everything to matter, the material science in the west says that
we are just meat – we’re just our bodies – so when the brain is dead, that’s the end
of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone.
Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery
of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works. The brain is involved in it
some way but we’re no sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the
way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm then of course you can’t
believe in life after death – when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. It’s equally
possible that the relationship – and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – the relationship
is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the
TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. This is the paradigm of all spiritual
traditions; that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms, to learn
and to grow and to develop. Really, if we want to know about this mystery, the last
people we should ask are materialist reductionist scientists; they have nothing to say on the
matter at all. Let’s go rather to the ancient Egyptians, who put their best minds to work
for 3,000 years on the problem of death… and on the problem of how we should live our
lives to prepare for what we will confront after death. The ancient Egyptians expressed
their ideas in transcendent art, which still touches us emotionally today. They came to
certain very specific conclusions: that the soul does survive death and that we will be
held accountable for every thought, every action, every deed that we have lived through
in our lives, so we’d better take this precious opportunity to be born in a human body seriously,
and make the most of it. And in these inquiries into the mystery of death, the ancient Egyptians
weren’t just exercising their imaginations; they highly valued dream states, and it’s
now known that they used visionary plants like the hallucinogenic blue water lily. It’s
interesting that the ancient Egyptian ‘tree of life’ has recently been identified as the
{{acacia mellotica}} which contains high quantities of DMT, Dimethyl Tryptomine, the same active
ingredient that we find in ayahuasca. Now, it’s difficult to imagine a society more different
from the society of ancient Egypt than our society today. We hate visionary states in
this society. In our society, if we want to insult somebody, we call them a dreamer. In
ancient societies that was praise. And we have erected huge apparatuses of armed bureaucracies
who will invade our privacy, who will break down our doors, who will arrest us, who will
send us to prison – sometimes for years – for possessing even small quantities of psilocybin,
or substances like DMT, whether in it’s smokable form or in the ayahuasca brew. And yet, ironically,
DMT is, we now know, a natural brain hormone – we all have it in our bodies and it’s just
that it’s function remains unknown for lack of research. It’s not as though our society
is opposed in principle to altered states of consciousness, I mean, billions are being
made by the unholy alliance of psychiatrists and “big pharma” in overprescribing drugs
to control so-called syndromes like depression or attention deficit disorder in teenagers.
We have a love-affair in our society with alcohol; we glorify this most boring of drugs
despite the terrible consequences that it often has. And of course we love our stimulants,
our tea, our coffee, our energy drinks, our sugar, and huge industries are built around
these substances which are valued because of the way they alter consciousness. But what
all these approved altered states of consciousness have in common is that none of them contradict
or conflict with the basic state of consciousness valued by our society, which I would call
the alert, problem-solving state of consciousness, which is good for the more mundane aspects
of science. It’s good for the prosecution of warfare, it’s good for commerce, it’s good
for politics, but I think everybody realises that the promise of a society over-monopolistically
based on this state of consciousness has proved hollow. And that this model is no longer working
– that it’s broken in every possible sense that a model can be broken. And urgently we
need to find something which can replace it – the vast problems of global pollution that
resulted from the single-minded pursuit of profit, the horrors of the nuclear proliferation,
the spectre of hunger that millions every night go to bed starving – that we can’t even
solve this problem, despite our alert, problem-solving state of consciousness. And look what’s happening
in the Amazon, the lungs of our planet, this precious home of bio-diversity. The old growth
rainforest being cut down and replaced with soya bean farms so we can feed cattle so that
we can all eat hamburgers. Only a truly insane global state of consciousness could allow
such an abomination to occur. I did a back-of-an-envelope calculation during the Iraq War, it seems
to me that six months expenditure on the Iraq War would have solved the problem of the Amazon
forever; would be sufficient to compensate the people of the Amazon so that no single
tree ever needed to be cut down again, to garden and to look after that amazing resource.
But we can’t make that decision as a global community. We can spend countless billions
on warfare, on hatred, on fear, on suspicion, on division, but we can’t get together the
collective effort to save the lungs of our planet. And this is perhaps why shamans from
the Amazon are now mounting a kind of reverse missionary activity. When I’ve asked shamans
about the sickness of the west, they say it’s quite simple: “You guys have severed your
connection with spirit. Unless you reconnect with spirit and do so soon, you’re gonna bring
the whole house of cards down around your heads, and ours.” And rightly or wrongly,
they believe that ayahuasca is the remedy for that sickness. And many now are being
called to the Amazon to drink ayahuasca, and ayahuasca shamans are traveling throughout
the West offering the brew – often under the radar, often at personal risk – to bring about
consciousness change. It’s true that the message of ayahuasca, the universal message, is about
the sacred, magical, enchanted, infinitely precious nature of life on Earth. And the
interdependence of material and spiritual realms, and it’s impossible to work with ayahuasca
for long without being deeply and profoundly affected by this message. And let’s not forget
that ayahuasca is not alone, that it’s part of an ancient worldwide system of the targeted,
careful, responsible alteration of consciousness. It’s recently been shown by scholars that
the {{kykion}} used in the Eleusinian mysteries in ancient Greece was almost certainly a psychedelic
brew. That the soma of the vedas may well have been a brew based on the amanita muscaria
mushroom. [more rapidly now, more fervently -CD] We have the DMT in the ancient Egyptian
‘Tree of Life’. We have the whole global cultures of surviving shamanism and what it’s all about
is a state of consciousness that’s designed to help us find balance, harmony – the ancient
Egyptians would’ve called it “ma’at with the universe” – and to remain mindful that what
we’re here to undertake on Earth while we’re immersed in matter is fundamentally a spiritual
journey, aimed at the growth and perfection of the soul – a journey that may go back to
the very origins of what made us human in the first place. I stand here invoking the
hard-won right of freedom of speech to call for and demand another right to be recognised;
and that is the right of adult sovereignty over the consciousness. There’s a war on consciousness
in our society and if we as adults are not allowed to make sovereign decisions about
what to experience with our own consciousness while doing no harm to others, including the
decisions to use responsibly ancient and sacred visionary plants, then we cannot claim to
be free in any way, and it’s useless for our society to go around the world imposing our
form of democracy on others while we nourish this rot at the heart of society, and we do
not allow individual freedom over consciousness. It may even be that we’re denying ourselves
the next vital step in our own evolution by allowing this state of affairs to continue,
and who knows, perhaps our immortal destiny as well.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK

  1. Ayahuasca auxilia a conhecer o que é vosso e o que não é vosso. Daí uma reforma íntima pode acontecer em acordo com a vossa vontade. Nada cai do céu.

  2. Wow that was stupid. This guy has it all wrong, and since he mentioned the Vedas, the texts on which Hinduism is based on, that's the best and easiest example for me to debunk all this craziness with. 'Spirituality' is the problem, the problem is not that we have abandoned it, and we need to return to it en masse, the problem is there is still too much of it around. Look at India, it is literally, as the Orange Anti-Christ would put it, a 'shit-hole country'. And the reason it is a shithole is because there is no impetus to improve conditions on earth when the real prizes are in the afterlife. This kind of fatalist thinking sadly appeals especially to the poorest and most destitute because when you're living in a garbage dump you tend to think "I don't deserve this, there must be something better for me somewhere, though obviously not on this planet.."

  3. I smoked sum purple sticky 40x salvia…. I saw gnomes and there was a female presence at times it felt like…i also saw a energy blob in the garage hovering above me and it became aware that i could see it

  4. There is research now indicating that there were changes in one to three brains of children who could conceptualize relationships between objects and distances and that they passed on those brain changes to their offspring. "The deer in the forest behind the hill".. and thus more complex language began and was exhibited in the artwork. The thing is, how did human bodies know to evolve in such a way?

  5. one reason i can see why this would be banned: it’s Indigenous-friendly. it doesn’t paint us as inevitably born-‘crazy’, lazy or misguided.

  6. It had to do with your mental addiction to it, 99% of people never get addicted. I use it for pain and occasionally take breaks to see if I still need it. I do, Cannabis is far better than 30mg of oxycontin for my L4L5 injury.

  7. You experience death based on your religious beliefs. I have had 2 near death experiences and both we're slightly different. As a 4yr old I had no religion and saw God, heaven etc , angels we're 3d pulsating geometry, the creator was this universe sized being who also was a pulsating geometry that morphed and moved like water, or a fractal.

    The second near death experience I saw religious characters and such. So once you abandon your attachments you see God and reality as it really is…

  8. They ban psychedelics Because it will break the economy, you can’t make money off peace love and unity only fear and separation , we need to evolve faster , comfort just makes you age, we need to stop building until there is nothing left, no trees no oxygen more asthma more cancer, more cars more gas more oil, more lung diseases, more pollution, more chemicals, more adhd more depression more anger more more more, We need more balance, we need more Harmony, we need more love.

  9. Yes it’s no different than the silencing of those by big pharm and the like who found cures for cancer. Far too much money/profits would be lost let alone control over the sheeple. “Censor” him quick before people wake up!” No respect for ted any longer 🙁 app deleted

  10. ok, nice talk but till the end it turns into a crusade or some shit… i don't need this guy to talk about his religious beliefs, ayahuasca might as well just stream your or collective subconscious or sth it does not at all imply an imorta soul….

  11. You cannot deny TRUTH it's existence.
    You can only fear it's power.
    You cannot deny FEAR it's existence.
    You can only replace it with acceptance.

    fear truth
    deny truth
    laugh at truth
    accept truth
    APPLAUD truth

  12. Nah the people on the top are already tripping balls. Because of their new found understanding, they are able to maintain power, and expand on it. They don’t want commoners to have access, because they will lose their grip on society, and consequently, society will transcend into anarchy. This is inevitable, however, how we maintain an anarchy as a collective is the next great political challenge.

  13. Lsd is more unnatural but still it removes the sheet that causes people to deny this truth maybe the sheet could be a wifi connection

  14. He's the man… Wow, unbelievable, I'm completely speechless, just fucking wow… Man.. You deserve a noble price for this wonderful talk

  15. You guys in the comments got it backwards. This TED talk wasn’t banned because it contains some “shocking” or “hidden” truths, it was banned because it literally contains misinformation. Which makes sense, considering Hancock’s work is widely regarded as pseudoscience by many scholars [1-4].

    Sources:
    [1] Brian Regal, Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009).
    [2] Kevin Greene, Tom Moore, Archaeology: An Introduction, page 252 (Routledge, 2010 edition).
    [3] Diagnosing Pseudoarchaeology" by Garrett G. Fagan, in Garrett G. Fagan (ed), Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents The Past and Misleads the Public, pages 27–28 (Routledge, 2006 edition)
    [4] Kevin Greene, Tom Moore, Archaeology: An Introduction (Routledge, 2010 edition)

  16. Please provide some evidence that this was somehow "banned". It seems more like an attention getting scam by the original poster.

  17. my shrink needs to here this and allow some crazyness that is merely a different point of view and concepts they do not know in psychiatry instead of overdosing me. ( most shrinks are lousy in physics and bad at math especially statistics seem to be interpreted the way they want instead of what they really say )

  18. I believe our problem is severing our connection to spirit. Everyone is worried about outside appearance and not addressing what’s on they’re own inner most self. If Ayawasca or dmt truly wake us up to that sign me up I wanna try it. I just don’t know where to get it? I live in Indiana where weeds not even legal yet .🤣 Anywho I love hearing this guy talk great vid!!!!

  19. BANNED? Pffft. TED talks is not a democracy.
    They have certain standards about reasonable evidence for claims or positions and they found his position lacking.
    It is not funded by the government. Your money is not taken from you to fund it.

    What if he had this same talk removed from the Saturday morning cartoons?

    Would you hope for a "freedom of speech" lawsuit against the networks?

    How about a place your tax money DOES pay for? What if they refused to show it in the public schools?

    Would you want your money going to fund this talk being presented for high school juniors?

    What about second graders?

    On what basis dare you ban it from 1st grade or censor the content?

    I'll tell you why. Not due to lack of evidence, but inappropriate material. 1sty & 2nd graders could not appreciate what he relates, and it would be a total waste of money, and in that case I would seek to have it removed.
    I can't understand why so many people don't distinguish between private and public avenues of communication.
    Do you think i ought to have the right to have my own talks presented to everyone via your Facebook page?
    Why not? Answer that, and you have the answer to why TED ought to be able to do whatever they want and you should SUPPORT their right to do it, FREE FROM JUST THE KIND OF CRUSHING GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL Graham cries about. THINK PEOPLE!

  20. I’m currently writing a movie script called “The Dosing”. A movie about a rag tag bunch of hippies that storm and gain control of the Senate as well as Congress and they are all forced at gun point to smoke 5 MEO DMT! They all wake up and make all hallucinogens legal!

  21. Interesting "Talk" more truth than most are willing to accept. I do not condone any drugs but interesting that the path he has taken has woken him up on his "spiritual journey" His opinion and knowledge of the suppressive government and corporations who brainwash society is right on point.

  22. Right on Graham…there's so much they don't want us to do…or know. They hide knowledge and history and purposefully misinform and mislead. The mark of an advanced society…there is only one law..the law of consent.

  23. Thank you, Graham, for having the nerve to speak truth to power! The scheduling of LSD in the 60's was a grave error, because it made the pure Sandoz LSD unavailable, while bathtub LSD was available everywhere. At the same time, legal research was halted and underground use skyrocketed. The effect on society has been to divide the people who are willing to take risks to enjoy everything that life has to offer from those who are less willing to do that. Ending the drug war will be a great thing when it eventually happens!

  24. I respect and agree with a lot of what you're saying. On that note, I just want to say your anger is misinformed. You are highly intelligent, yes. However, that means you are subject to flaws of the intellect, arrogance, and the complete lack of knowledge on human history when it comes to politics. There has only been one warmonger amongst history, and it's not greed and ignorance. The warmonger is the sickness of the spirit, a look away from truth, nihilism and ideologies.

  25. Summary, a journalist wants drugs to be legalized so that people can broaden their minds with use of hallucinogens. With no background in science and amusing antidotes he posits that we do have souls/ spirits and that, along with the planet due to climate change and the inability to see our connection to the world around us, we will be doomed unless we can legally trip out for spiritual reasons. While I agree that free citizens should be able to legally imbibe in whatever they want (hopefully having been thoroughly informed and cautioned through honest public education), I don't think that TedTalks is a place for opinion pieces not related or based in any science whatsoever. JM2C

  26. Guys this is more than the war on the mind is a war on not finding out what we are and where we come from and what the fuck is going on tmin this world. Im glad mr Graham talks about this but. Man.. Next time you take ayahuasca she gonna tell you to smoke again… And so now oh mother ayahuasca told me to be nicer to others.. But the weed made me mean …. Get the fuck out of here… Either im too above or this is tol below me…
    Yes graham i do agree about alcohol…. But please ur a good guy please keep on learning that u need a lot more cleaning w ayahusca. And by the way is Ayahusca and shrooms are the same shittt… Not almost the same like u said … But the same… Take more lsd.. Or more ayahusca o nl mother ayahusca told me not to drink more ayahusca or what you dont need it anymore? Ur done learning.? Its irresponsible to blame plants for our own doings my bro?
    20 years of psychedelic mushrooms in san jose del pacifico oaxaca and the world…sinxerly your friend juan from mexico

  27. We live in business weeks. Not life weeks. Who decided that we only get 2 days for our free time? Our culture is based on selling our time for money. Everything around us is specifically designed to exploit us for money

  28. Waska becomes your gods ; the woman and the drug itself. We must learn to love the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the way the truth and life. Dreamer?

  29. Wasn't banned asshole! #YouAreFakeNews

    TED published it with a caution ….. Graham Hancock isn't someone who's advice i'd follow…..

    Here it is PUBLISHED by TED….! everytfucking fucking conspiracy now….
    https://blog.ted.com/the-debate-about-graham-hancocks-talk/

  30. 13:15 is when he addresses popular and legal substances used daily because they alter our consciousness. They are abusable and acceptable substances because they don't contradict or conflict with the basic state of consciousness valued by our western society

  31. You can really tell from his flow how serious he is about this. We really have lost the connection to the devine in our modern world. Everything seems to just serve the need for impulsive pleasure or to maintain the system.

  32. I've suffered from depression all my life, dident realise this till I collapse in 3 times being forced from a rental situation with my 3 son's & there mother in a so called Christian community, total hypocrites. Long story any how, the last time I collapse was in front of the local coppa, he assumed I was a drug addict, made me get into his car basically arrested then took me to the local hospital. Then they put me in psychiatric ward, what a night mare of a place, poor people stuck in there being used as guinea pig drug experiment cases. I was given some drug that took me from total collapsing melt down to feeling above the clouds. I hadent eaten for nearly 2 weeks, my appetite came back & I stuffed my face feeling nothing was wrong with me. Then about 4-5 hours later it wore off & I collapse again & went into a worst state of mental break down. This happend at night & a new shift of wardens had arrived. They tried to make me lick some kind of medication off there hand, I refused then I was put involuntary order & physically man handled by 5 or 6 security guards pinned down & neediled drugged out. Then forced to take pills for 8 days, I went on a hunger strike, anyway I got out of there. Had to take medication for 3 months as part of the program, I only took half of the medication. The side effects are not healing for your mind or soul, I ended up throughing it all in the bin went to the pub bought a carton of beer & some good home grown herb,got self medicated. Got my head back to a familiar state then slowed it down again, then started riding my mountain bike 20 km a day & getting to the beach doing big walks & surfing when l could, at the same time moving to a new place which was the problem that bought my depression to the forefront of my life at that point. I had to go back to be assest once a week.The one thing I learnt about my self from the cycoligests was I have been living with depression since I was around 10 years old, from the history of my life they had got from me. And explained that I have lived with depression since & still do. The best medication for depression is lots & lots of excersise, Good food, water, art, music & putting your self where you want to be as much as you can.Take your self where you may want to live but can't afford to do so & just walk around that area & feel the vibe anyways, make your self feel good. I think it's about looking after & loving your self at the end of the day ! 👍😎

  33. Banning this talk is just more publicity to it. It's a good thing. And kind of ironic as well: TED talk on banning eye-opening substances BANNED.

  34. All this fuss is because he hallucinated under the influence of DMT once, and saw hell? C’mon man, the age of prophets is over.

  35. 'Take all the money we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and WE CAN EXPLORE SPACE, TOGETHER, BOTH INNER AND OUTER, forever … in peace"

    Bill Hicks

  36. Free speech is one thing. But this one is on very, very thin ice. I mean, a self-confessed, 24 year stoner, who then tries another drug; and, because this new (to him) drug better fits his narrative, then tries to push it as a cure for everything from cocaine and heroine addiction, to a cure for the depletion of the rain forests, the ills of western humanity, and nearly everything in between? And trying to present it as semi-scientific? Come on, gimme a break. This is not a legitimate Ted talk. Plus, he’s obviously preaching to the converted- I mean, at the end, the near-endless whooping, clapping, hollering….. this was an audience of many users of chemical substances, most likely there as part of some ‘legalization campaign’ or other. This is an insult to the many, many excellent, serious, and factually-based Ted talks I’ve seen over the years.

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