Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and one of three children (two in college).
TITLE: Mainstreaming Psychedelics for Cultural Evolution and Global Spirituality
At a time of increasing fundamentalism, and growing fear of “the other” represented in the refugee crisis, fear of muslims and minority groups, and the frightening rise of Trump in the United States, I will discuss how mysticism and the unitive experience are the antidote to fundamentalism. I’ll review the Good Friday Experiment, which demonstrated that psychedelics can facilitate mystical experiences in a wide range of people with profound positive political implications. I’ll discuss the healing potential of MDMA to overcome PTSD and multi-generational trauma in order to interrupt generational cycles of conflict and replace them with empathy and understanding. I will outline a 20 year plan for mainstreaming psychedelics into western culture which will serve as a strategy for the human species to overcome the challenges of globalization and create a global spirituality shared by billions.