In this episode, we trace clinical psychologist Dr. Rosalind Watts’ journey in the psychedelic world, listening to her describe her initial hope that psychedelics might routinely cure mental illness give way to a growing concern that increasingly unrealistic hopes for these medicines were distorting both their risks and benefits.
Life is often wonderful, but it is also difficult. Given how much we want happiness, why can’t we be happy more often in our lives? What stands between us and mental peace? Join us for compelling and challenging answers to these questions courtesy of Dr. John Dunne, our guest on this podcast. Dr. Dunne is a Distinguished Chair of Contemplative Humanities in the Center for Healthy Minds and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Dunne’s work at the intersection of meditation and cognitive neuroscience has made him a world leader in broadening our understanding of commonalities between modern scientific and Buddhist perspectives on the human condition.