The Pineal Enigma: The Dazzling Life And Times Of The “DMT Gland”
While even Dr Gonzo wouldn’t touch “extract of pineal,” the same could not be said for Dr Strassman. This presentation explores the enigmatic career of the pineal gland subsequent to clinical psychiatrist Rick Strassman’s trials with DMT conducted at the University of New Mexico in the early 1990s. While the burden of proof hangs over speculation that DMT is produced in the pineal gland, knowledge claims have left the clinic for independent careers in popular culture. As this presentation illustrates, animated in lm and literature, the “spirit gland” mythos of Strassman’s best seller DMT: The Spirit Molecule has enlivened polar perspectives on the human condition: from the cosmic re-evolutionism of Modern Theosophy to the gothic hopelessness of H. P. Lovecraft.