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Utne Reader editor Christian Williams hosts this podcast that explores the nature of consciousness through art, culture, and spirituality. Read more in the Abstract Notions blog.


Episode 4 - Alan Goltl and Sensory Deprivation Tanks

October 23, 2015: In the fourth episode of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader editor Christian Williams discusses the history and benefits of sensory deprivation tanks with Alan Goltl, proprietor of TankHouse Float & Massage in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally, they discuss Alan's other explorations into altered states of consciousness, which include ayahuasca, lucid dreaming, and a two-week darkness retreat in Thailand.

Music clip: "9:01" by Floating Spirits from the album Earth Tones (Free Music Archive, licensed under Creative Commons).

More on Sensory Deprivation
Float-Tank Therapy: Experiencing Sensory Deprivation
Hearing Things: When Auditory Hallucinations Take Over the Mind


Episode 3 - Zoe Helene and the Psychedelic Renaissance

June 5, 2015: In the third episode of the Abstract Notions podcast, Utne Reader editor Christian Williams discusses the role of women in the psychedelic renaissance with Zoe Helene, an environmental activist and wildlife advocate who has started a women's advocacy group in the psychedelic community called Cosmic Sister.

Music clip: "Ikaro de Proteccion" by Don Evangelino Murayay from the album El Canto del Tiempo/Ayahuasca Ikaros (Above Love Records, 2007).



More on the Healing Power of Psychedelics
Amazon Ayahuasca Adventure (Photo Gallery)
Medicinal Uses for Psychedelic Drugs