Join us for the kick off event for the Cascadia Psychedelic Community and Town Hall Psychedelic Speaker Series partnership this summer!
David Nickles presents...!
Ethical Considerations for Dosing the Water: A Sociopolitical Examination of Psychedelic Medicalization and Corporadelic Actors.
Since their introduction to industrial societies, psychedelics have been hailed as catalysts for personal and societal change. However, after 50+ years of psychedelic engagement, we currently find ourselves facing unprecedented ecological and social crises. As research into these compounds and the experiences they can facilitate garners increasing attention, friction is building around questions of who should control access to these experiences and who gets to craft the social narratives around them.
As profit-motivated corporations and advocates of psychedelic mainstreaming attempt to domesticate narratives about psychedelic experiences--under the pretense of addressing mental health epidemics that affect hundreds-of-millions of people--we must confront questions about access, social control, and power dynamics that can be traced back to the psychedelic revolution of the 1960's. These questions are very much the same as those that society as a whole is grappling with in the face of global ecocide, the #MeToo movement, and the ongoing failures of late capitalism. Without coherent political analysis and social critique, psychedelics may wind up as little more than the next chic self-improvement product in the global marketplace.
David is an underground researcher and moderator for The DMT-Nexus community. He’s worked on numerous harm reduction projects including KosmiCare, Check-In, TLConscious, DanceWize, and The Open Hyperspace Traveler. He’s offered cultural critiques and commentary on psychedelics and radical politics, as well as novel phytochemical data for psychedelic preparations at venues around the world. David is also a glassblower and spends much of his time working in his studio when he’s not ranting about drugs and politics.
Grab take out or bring your lunch box to have dinner before the talk in The Forum! We'll gather at 6:30 to hang out as a community, eat together, and talk casually with David.
David will begin his presentation at 7:30 and we'll wrap up at 9.
Thanks to Town Hall, tickets to this event are only $5!
Buy one here! https://townhallseattle.org/event/david-nickles/
If you're able to donate to David's time and travel, please do so here!
Can't wait to see you there!