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The Chomsky Sessions – Science, Religion and Human Nature 2/5

In February 2010, Noam Chomsky visited the Z offices in Woods Hole, Massachusetts for a five-hour interview with Z staff member Michael Albert on various topics, including: Part 1: The Responsibility of Intellectuals – the responsibility of intellectuals, scholars, and journalists. Runtime 55 minutes. Part 2: Science, Religion, & Human Nature – rationalism, religion, sectarianism, conspiracy theories, and human nature. Runtime 77 minutes. Part 3: Education & Economics – the state of the educational and economic systems in the US Runtime 54 minutes. Part 4: The Political System – the political system, ecology, racism/sexism, and fighting City Hall. Runtime 47 minutes. Part 5: International Relations – international relations, colonialism, self-determination, the anti-war movement, and answering the critics. Runtime 54 minutes.

Michael Winkelman @ World Psychedelic Forum Michael Winkelman is principally interested in neurotheological perspectives on shamanism, traditional healing practices involving altered states of consciousness and intercultural relations and cross-cultural competency. Areas of longstanding interest include the psychophysiological and social bases of traditional magico-religious healing systems. Winkelman’s applied work focuses on US interethnic relations and the development of cultural competency in the helping professions, especially medicine and nursing. Teaching: Winkelman teaches classes on “Ethnic Relations in the US,” Culture and Health” and “Holistic Healing.” Publications Winkelman, M. & Roberts, T. (Eds.) (2007). Psychedelic medicine: New evidence for hallucinogenic substances as treatments. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Greenwood/Praeger. Winkelman, M. (2006). American ethnic history. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt Publishing. Dubisch, J. & Winkelman, M. (Eds.) (2005). Pilgrimages and healing. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Winkelman, M. (2005). Culture and health applying medical anthropology. Boston: McGraw Hill Custom Publications. Winkelman, M. (2005). Cultural Awareness, Sensitivity and Competence. Peosta, Iowa: Eddie Bowers Publishing. Winkelman, M. & Peek, P. (Eds.) (2004). Divination and healing: Potent vision. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Winkelman, M. (2000). Shamanism: The neural ecology of consciousness and healing. Westport, Connecticute: Bergin
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16 comments on “The Chomsky Sessions – Science, Religion and Human Nature 2/5

  • @littleflags Yeah, seriously. The abrahamic religions?

  • LawnChairMedia

    May 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “it’s an early science”…I like how Chomsky understands that people back then were reasonable people…just had yet to discover a lot of the mysteries of nature…it’s easy to ridicule people so long ago or from different parts of the world that don’t have the resources or information we have today…it’s an important perspective

  • Nothing wrong with Albert here, commenters may be drunk

  • @LeeboJackson Michael Albert is definitely not a moron

  • I’m stunned by the interviewers religious illiteracy.

  • Great vid, it’s nice to hear Chomsky cover territory he hasn’t really covered before.

  • interviewer is a moron

  • LothairApoclyane

    May 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    chomsky is hyper-educational

  • @ShaktipatSeer
    In the case of “ancient rituals,” an individual did not take psychedelics to connect with spiritual deities and forces, but to experience intersubjectivity with his fellow companions. Ritualized drug taking promotes a shared mindset and ultimately group cohesiveness; communities that practiced such rituals we’re closer in comparison to communities that did not. To better grasp this, recognize that groups of individuals can also be subject to natural selection.

  • There is not enough focus on psychedelics, thats the problem. Hahahahaha.

  • Yeah man… the aliens brought us here…everyone knows that. Starmen take us home! …..
    I neeedz more Salvia…..

  • lysergicaddict

    May 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Surely no one is right, surely no one is wrong.

    Absolutely, things will seem until they do not, still; until then; let our words be mere stories, not to detract from the metaphor they all truly are…

    %99 of the time I dont even believe in planets or people or especially words so really, when spells get cast creating evolution stories and creation stories and science stories, i just sit back and enjoy the show, as “reality” steadily awaits… watch out man, her webs are sticky at every turn

  • ShaktipatSeer

    May 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    too much focus on psychedelics.. ancient rituals were not just for releasing DMT from the pineal gland but for connecting to the various gods of force and universal essence.. and I disagree with his and Mckenna’s ideas that mankind evolved on the Earth.

  • lysergicaddict

    May 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    pm me a timestamp of which ones and ill try to find you the links 🙂

  • stickystuff32

    May 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    yes I wish they were more freely available, you really have to know what youre taking, I liked some of the art work , can anyone tell me if I can download it anywhere? thanks

  • mushrooms are friikin amazing…my most beloved hallucinogen. havent smoke 5-meo-dmt before tho..lol

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