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THIRD EYE DROPS

Meld minds with Michael Phillip and his magnificent multidisciplinary guests— Scientists, artists, comedians, psychologists, authors, spiritual teachers, and more as they muse about life's most compelling questions.
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Sep 29, 2022

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Evan "Skytree" Snyder is a music producer turned robotics engineer. He makes synths out of raw crystals for fun. He's also part of a multi-generational web of high weirdness that stretches all the way back to Nazi Germany and includes some of the most compelling most UFO tales I've ever heard.

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Sep 21, 2022

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Dr. Matthew Johnson is a Professor of Psychedelics and Consciousness at the Johns Hopkins Center For Psychedelics and Consciousness research.

Matthew has spearheaded a number of ground-breaking psychedelic medicine studies including, psilocybin-assisted end-of-life therapy, and psilocybin-assisted smoking cessation. His latest project explores how psilocybin impacts the spiritual lives of religious leaders.

In this mind meld we riff on the future of psychedelic medicine, the nature of consciousness, free will, how psychedelics (might) work neurologically, the science of heroic doses, and more.

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Sep 14, 2022

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Tero Isokauppila is an Entrepreneur, shroom sage, and author of Healing Adaptogens The Definitive Guide to Using Super Herbs and Mushrooms for Your Body's Restoration, Defense, and Performance.

Tero is also the founder of Four Sigmatic, one of the world's largest purveyors of super mushroom coffees and elixirs.

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In this mind meld:

  • The power of adaptogens, and mushrooms
  • The science behind how adaptogens work
  • Which adaptogens are the most well researched 
  • How psychedelics could hypothetically bifurcate human evolution
  • Adrenal gland restoration and natural sources of energy
  • The importance of nighttime rituals for better sleep

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Sep 8, 2022

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Psychotherapist, and author of Dream Guidance, Machiel Klerk enters the mind meld!

In this one, we riff on the mysterious realm of dreams. Musings include:

  • What is the intelligence inside of dreaming?
  • What does it want?
  • What can it tell us about who we are?
  • How can we deepen our relationship with it?
  • Why do dreams speak in symbol and metaphor?
  • What is 'dream incubation' and why have people been practicing it for thousands of years? 

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Aug 31, 2022

Autodidactic mythologist, psychology extraordinaire, and Myths That Make Us host, Erick Godsey returns to riff on the myth of what I call the omni-game-- The notion that we're all trapped in layer after layer of gamified systems. All of which may be contained within some kind of infinite game. We probe practically every imaginable layer of the omni-game-- Free will, the role of psychedelics, finite games versus the infinite game, what if anything is the ultimate player in the game? Is there a point?

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Aug 25, 2022

Psychologist, Dr. Ido Cohen returns to the mind meld!

In this one, Ido and I muse about my leap into doing Third Eye Drops full time, Carl Jung's philosophy of the psyche, why it's always inconvenient to follow your soul, why myth is always relevant to modern life, and more!

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Aug 18, 2022

Neuroscientist and author of The Romance of Reality, Bobby Azarian enters the mind meld!

Musings in this one include --

  • Is the universe destined to build the mind of god?
  • The problem with a reductive, mechanistic explanation of reality
  • Is it possible for AI to wake up?
  • Adaptive complexity (why the universe continuously evolves and bends toward complexity)
  • What is consciousness? Where does it come from?
  • Simulation theory
  • The problem with the multiverse
  • Do human beings have a function/purpose?

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Aug 10, 2022

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The wise and whimsical, Sarah Zucker returns!

Sarah is a mythopoetic, psychedelically-inspired artist and writer who's been featured in the New York Times Magazine, and CNBC. She's also a Jeopardy! champion.

In this one, we muse about the importance of reconnecting with wonder, the puzzle that is the so-called mystery initiations of the ancient world, whether or not human beings have an essential spiritual purpose, how Sarah stays connected with creative inspiration, and more!

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Aug 3, 2022

World record-setting adventurer and best-selling author, Colin O'Brady enters the mind meld! His new book, The 12 Hour Walk is available now.

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In this one, we riff on the lost art of initiation, why most people get trapped in mediocre lives, the counter-intuitive path to reaching greatness, the mystical experience Colin had during his most grueling trial, and more!

Colin O'Brady holds 10 world records. He's the first person to cross Antarctica on foot. He rowed across Drake Passage, one of the world's most treacherous stretches of ocean. He also summited some of the world's tallest peaks in record time (among other things).

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Jul 27, 2022

Master Shaman, Hamilton Souther returns to the mind meld! We muse about the mind of the planet, the modern perspective versus the shamanic mind, the beauty and heartbreak that comes with following your dreams, and more!

Hamilton has lived in the rainforests of Peru for decades practicing the way of the shaman. He’s also the founder of Blue Morpho, a Peruvian plant medicine retreat center. Hamilton is holding in-person retreats for the first time in years. Click the link above for more information.

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Jul 20, 2022

Shane Mauss returns to the mind meld to surf the weirdness of reality. We riff on the importance of recognizing your biases, why nature is beautiful, and more!

Shane is a comedian, and host of the Here We Are podcast. He also co-hosts Mind Under Matter with our friend, Ramin Nazer.

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Jul 13, 2022

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Author, meditation facilitator, host of The Astral Hustle podcast, and friend, Cory Allen returns to the mind meld! 

Why is it so hard to find a path worth following? How do you spot the wrong one before wasting your time on it? What do all philosophies worth exploring have in common? What is everyone missing about meditation? We riff on all of the above and more!

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Jul 6, 2022

James McCrae returns! James (also known by his Instagram handle, wordsarevibrations) is a poet, meme artist, and the author of How to Laugh in Ironic Amusement During Your Existential Crisis, which is available now.

In this one, we riff on the magical weirdness of language, the link between a meditative practice and creative epiphanies, why Plato and his ideas are still massively important, whether or not we should still use the word God, and more!

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Jun 23, 2022

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Author, podcast host, and consciousness adventurer, Jennifer Sodini returns to the mind meld! In this one, we muse about becoming fluent in the language of your own psyche, why there both is and isn't an ultimate answer, open-ended destiny, why spirituality, for all its problems, is still immensely valuable, why we should always be skeptical of 'enlightened' teachers, and more! 

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Jun 15, 2022

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Sonic wizard and inner-space conductor, East Forest returns to the mind meld!

In this mind meld, we riff on 'growing down' into the person you're meant to be, the importance of trusting yourself, where knowledge comes from, whether or not conventional success brings lasting satisfaction, mushroom sentience, psychedelic breakthroughs, and more

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Jun 8, 2022

Artist, musician, and podcaster, Colin Frangicetto returns! We muse about transmuting anxiety into freedom, how to know when it's time to take big leaps in life, keeping the magic alive in life, stories of creative struggle, how it really feels to give up everything for your dreams, and more!

Colin Frangicetto is a musician, podcaster, and artist most well-known for playing in the band Circa Survive. Dive into Colin's world here. Follow his digital art here.

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Jun 1, 2022

Authors Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn enter the mind meld to muse about the power and science of silence. We also riff on the neuroscience of well-being, mystical experiences, the importance of leaving room for a spiritual dimension in life, psychedelic medicine, and more!

Their book, Golden: The Power of Silence In a World Of Noise is available now

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May 25, 2022

Dr. Donald Hoffman returns to the mind meld to chat about the illusion of reality, the transcendent geometry defining the laws of physics, why consciousness is the fundamental nature of reality, and why there will never be a theory of everything.

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Don Hoffman is a Professor of Cognitive Science at UC Irvine. His chief areas of inquiry include perception, the illusory nature of reality, free will, and the development of a scientific model for consciousness. He's also the author of The Case Against Reality.

Check out Don's TED Talk (which is a great primer for this conversation).

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May 18, 2022

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Author, meditation facilitator, host of The Astral Hustle podcast, and friend, Cory Allen returns to the mind meld! 

We talk philosophical honesty, whether or not we're connected to a cosmic mind, why mystery is the highest form of truth, the difference between fate and destiny, why altering your context is magical, and more!

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May 11, 2022

 

Contemplative psychotherapist, Dr. Miles Neale returns to the mind meld! We riff on the power of pilgrimage, how symbols transform the mind, initiation rites, the magic of trust, Carl Jung, and more! 

Check out his course on the gradual path here.

His book, Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human is available now.

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May 4, 2022

Sarah Fay enters the mind meld!

Sarah is an award-winning author and mental health advocate working to improve how we think and talk about our mental health by moving the conversation away from simplistic diagnoses and toward a deeper understanding of our mental and emotional lives. Her personal experience of being diagnosed with six different mental health disorders and finding no relief led her to investigate the diagnoses we receive and to write her journalistic memoir Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses.

In this mind meld we riff on the chemical imbalance myth, the surprising healing power of uncertainty, the problem of psychological pathology, why the mind is not a break/fix piece of machinery, the power of routine, and more.

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Apr 28, 2022

Autodidactic mythologist, psychology extraordinaire, and Myths That Make Us host, Erick Godsey returns to muse about the importance of keeping the psyche (soul) alive, leaving room for doubt, the importance of initiation, wild hope, and more! 

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Apr 20, 2022

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Author and journalist, Scott Carney returns to the mind meld

Scott has written for outlets like Wired, Men’s Journal, Playboy, and many others. His work has also taken him to some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world.

Scott's latest book, The Vortex is available now!

In this mind meld, we riff on information warfare, the best and worse parts of human psychology, recognizing your own bias, the insane story of his new book, The Vortex, and much more!

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Apr 14, 2022

Steven Kotler is a New York Times-bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. Steven is also a tremendous fiction author. Be sure to pick up his latest, a technodelic sci-fi thriller called The Devil's Dictionary. 

In this mind meld, we riff about changing your mind through empathy and meditation, why we need new language to build a better future, plant, animal, and planetary consciousness, and more! 

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