“NAZIS!” shouted the PETA protesters outside my tiny environmental college in middle-of-nowhere Vermont. Our sustainable organic farm had two oxen named Bill and Lou. They were used to plow our humble piece of land, so that we didn’t need to use an environmentally-unfriendly tractor. We loved Bill and Lou. Many students had deep, intimate connections […]Read more "A Big Picture Look at the New Phenomenon of Veganism (And Why I’m Not a Vegan)"
Wouldn’t it be lovely if—no matter what piece of land someone happened to be born on—everyone had the same basic rights? Is this even a possibility we can ever hope to achieve? Or is it just some idealistic dream conjured up by naïve idealists who haven’t yet understood that our world is just too corrupt […]Read more "Are Global Human Rights a Good Idea?"
“I am convinced that the way forward for the human race is to recognize and protect the fundamental right of sovereignty over consciousness, to throw off the chains of our divisive religious heritage, to seek out forms of spirituality (or no spirituality at all if we so prefer) that are truly supportive of liberty and […]Read more "The Psychedelic Network, Part 3: Mexico, Australia, and Israel"
“The current state of affairs surrounding psychedelics bears witness to human rights issues and signifies a possible societal crisis. It is time to move forward and seek a solution to this situation in a world where alternative treatments are denied even to those cases not helped by standard care. It is time to join forces […]Read more "The Psychedelic Network, Pt. 2: Europe"
I am thrilled to announce that after six months of conducting research and interviewing many people from around the world, a 3-part series about psychedelic societies and how psychedelic use differs in various cultures around the world has been published on Psymposia Magazine (who I write and edit for). “Psychedelic research has been making big […]Read more "The Psychedelic Network, Pt 1: USA"
Abstract This ethnography is about the cultural perception of reality with a focus on paranormal beliefs at Green Mountain College. Through research on campus, I gathered information of diverse viewpoints regarding the belief in the supernatural and explain how culture affects people’s beliefs. I also explain why people believe in ghosts, as well as preserve […]Read more "Ghostbusting: An Ethnography on the Cultural Perception of Reality with a focus on Paranormal Beliefs at Green Mountain College"
What is love? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s first definition states, “strong affection for another rising out of kinship or personal ties.” Another definition is, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel Lolita has been called by Vanity Fair, “The only convincing love story of our century.” Nabokov’s novel is not […]Read more "Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita: A Story of Love or a Story of Addiction?"