In this episode we talk about the following:
- Katherine’s path to becoming involved in psychedelic research
- Bias in Research
- Mental state required to be a researcher
- Impact to worldview after
- Harm reduction
- Paying participants involved with psychedelic research
- Future best uses of psychedelics
- Medicalization of birth and death
- Taking away human life from humans and giving that power to institutions
- Katherine’s work with Ingmar Gorman at the Center for Optimal Living
- Integration circles
Bio via Psymposia – Katherine MacLean is an academically trained research scientist and meditation practitioner with a long-standing interest in the brain, consciousness and the science of well-being. As a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Katherine was supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation research fellowship to study the effects of intensive meditation training on concentration, emotional well-being and brain function.
As a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she was one of the only scientists in the world studying psilocybin — a psychedelic chemical found naturally in certain types of mushrooms. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines may be the key to enhancing mental health and promoting openness and creativity throughout the lifespan.