Think Olio is a member-driven learning collective. The organization brings passionate professors out of the university to hold pop-up classes (Olios) all around New York City. Founded by CUNY students Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfirst in March 2015, with a class in their living room, the duo has now organized over 400 Olios at more than 30 locations. You can attend Think Olio at Strand every Friday night at 7pm.
Come join Jamie Warren and Lawrence Cappello for an Olio about the end of the world. We will examine the social and political forces that have historically produced such apocalyptic fantasies and the radical prescriptions for building a perfect society.
Mysticism Happy Hour: Psychedelic Humanities & Confronting the Shadows
Scientific research on psychedelic drugs has grown exponentially since clinical studies resumed in the 1990s after a twenty-year hiatus. New findings suggest that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can effectively ameliorate PTSD symptoms, and that classic psychedelic substances like psilocybin (or “magic mushrooms”) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, also known as “acid”) can help reduce existential anxiety and effectively treat addiction.
This “renaissance” of research has slowly begun to permeate the softer, social sciences where the study of psychedelics has largely remained a taboo topic. A small, but burgeoning, new field of study—the “psychedelics humanities”—has emerged as an important phenomenological complement to the empirically based discourse of science. Join me, as we explore the frontiers of the psychedelic humanities and discuss the exciting prospects for this new field study.