In a recent interview with Mind Hacks, Wade Davis touched upon the state of the myopic Western mind. He believes such close-mindedness acts as the barrier towards a meaningful appreciation for and understanding of shamanism and psychedelics, ‘undeveloped’ cultures, and even ourselves:

“I don’t think any of this is about saying who’s right and who’s wrong but it’s just fascinating to recognize that there are different options and these other cultures aren’t failed attempts at being us but they’re unique answers to a fundamental question – what does it mean to be human and alive?”

Read Part I here.

Read Part II here.

Wade Davis is a featured guest on the upcoming video seminar series "Awakening the Cosmic Serpent: Shamanism and Plant Medicine in this Transformative Time" hosted by Jeremy Narby. The series also features Stan Grof, Kathleen Harrison, and Luis Eduardo Luna.  Click here to find out more.

Image: "Wade Davis" by Colorado College on Flickr courtesy of Creative Commons Licensing.