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An Introduction to Philosophy and Psychedelics

Psychedelics Today and Dreamshadow Present:

An Introduction to Philosophy and Psychedelics

A 15-Week Live Online Course

The history of Western philosophy lays groundwork for understanding the importance of psychedelics today. Philosophy began as a quest for the meaning of life. Greek civilization gave rise to relatively independent, small city-states that were more or less self-organizing communities. By the sixth century BCE they had become sufficiently prosperous through trading and otherwise to afford leisure for some of their members to question the basic nature of things, and written language had developed that could record the speculations.


The Greeks were culturally homogeneous from about the 8th century BCE, calling themselves Hellenes. They celebrated a variety of ecstatic rites whose shamanic origins fostered a diverse mythology, not a monotheistic orthodoxy that stifled individual thinking. Orphic, Dionysian, and Eleusinian initiations celebrated experiences of death and rebirth, inspired the great tragedies, and nurtured mystical experiences that influenced philosophers’ inquiries into the meaning of life.


The path to modern culture twisted and turned philosophic endeavor, sometimes led it astray, and headed it to development of a scientific, technological culture that today needs refreshment from ancient psychedelic knowledge and awareness of how the path has significance today.


We will explore the practices and ideas of Socrates and Plato and their predecessors, the impact of Rome, and the thousand years without baths in the Middle Ages. We will examine the Cartesian-Newtonian turn toward modernity and its benefits and deficits as they have developed today. Finally, we will consider the cosmology of Alfred North Whitehead and other contemporary ideas for their value illuminating psychedelic experience.


Brief Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction - Reviewing Class Syllabus. Start the Presocratics

Week 2: Pre-socratics 1

Week 3: Pre-socratics 2

Week 4: Trial of Socrates

Week 5: Plato

Week 6: Plato

Week 7: Plotinus

Week 8: Augustine

Week 9: Aquinas

Week 10: Descartes

Week 11: Empiricists - Locke, Barkley, Hume

Week 12: Newton

Week 13: Sartre - Existentialism

Week 14: Zen Buddhism

Week 15: Integration (Alfred North Whitehead)


Course Information

Price: $200 - This is a beta course

Day: Wednesday Evenings (EST)

Date: Oct 28th, Nov 4th, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Where: Zoom

Books: There will be required reading and some required book purchases.

This will be a live-support course. You will have access to the course replays and course material if you miss a live class.


Course Instructor:

Leonard Gibson, Ph.D.,


Lenny Gibson graduated from Williams College and earned doctorates from Claremont Graduate School in philosophy and The University of Texas at Austin in psychology. Lenny has 50 years of experience working with non–ordinary states of consciousness. He has taught at The University of Tulsa and Lesley College and served his clinical psychology internship at the Boston, MA V.A. Hospital. He also taught transpersonal psychology for 20 years at Burlington College. Lenny serves on the board of the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region in Vermont. A survivor of throat cancer, he facilitates the head and neck cancer support group at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is a past president of the Association of Holotropic Breathwork International.

Your Instructor


Psychedelics Today
Psychedelics Today

Psychedelics Today is dedicated towards exploring and discussing the important academic/scientific and other research in the field of psychedelics.


About Kyle Buller, MS:

Kyle’s interest in exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness began when he was 16-years-old, when he suffered a traumatic snowboarding accident. Waking up after having a near-death experience changed Kyle’s life. Since then, Kyle has earned his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, where he studied the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, plant medicine, Holotropic Breathwork, and the roots/benefits of psychedelic psychotherapy. Kyle has co-taught two college-level courses. Kyle's senior capstone project, “Stanislav Grof’s Psychology of Extraordinary Experiences,” turned into a full three-credit course. Kyle also co-created, “The History of Psychedelics” with Lenny Gibson.

Kyle also earned his M.S. in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis in somatic psychology. Kyle’s clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing an early-episode of psychosis. Kyle also facilitates Transpersonal Breathwork workshops.

About Joe Moore:

Joe studied philosophy in New Hampshire, where he earned his B.A.. After stumbling upon the work of Stanislav Grof during his undergraduate years, Joe began participating in Holotropic Breathwork workshops in Vermont in 2003. Joe helped facilitate Holotropic and Transpersonal Breathwork workshops while he spent his time in New England. He is now working in the software industry as well as building Psychedelics Today.

Joe now coordinates Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork workshops, in Breckenridge, Colorado.


Course Curriculum


  A Brief Introduction to Philosophy
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  Week 1 - Reviewing Class Syllabus. Start Pre-Socratics
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  Week 2 - Pre-Socratics 1
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  Week 3 - Pre-Socratics 2
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  Week 4 - Plato - Trial of Socrates
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  Week 5 - Plato
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  Week 6 - Plato
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  Week 7 - Hellenism (Stoics and Epicureans) and Plotinus
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  Week 8 - Augustine
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  Week 9 - Aquinas
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  Week 10 - Descartes
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  Week 11 - Empiricists - Locke, Barkley, Hume
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  Week 12 - Newton
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  Week 13 - Sartre - Existentialism
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course begins Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm EST. The class will meet weekly for 15 weeks and it will end on Feb. 24th. If you miss a live class, you will have access to the recordings to watch the class replay.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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