World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an incredibly brilliant thinker who ponders things most regular people never have the time or wherewithal to ponder.
We’ve been fortunate enough here at BroBible to have him on a podcast where he explained The Fermi Paradox and how alienst may have already ‘destroyed themselves’. We also spoke with him about the role psychedelics have in understanding the universe.
Coincidentally, Neil deGrasse Tyson was on another podcast this week talking about psychedelics. As a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience, the renowned astrophysicist pushed back at Joe’s assertion that psychedelics are a necessary experience. Joe Rogan then convinced Neil to try try magic mushrooms. This came after Joe Rogan discussed the ‘George Carlin Method’ of writing comedy and how Stephen King’s best work came when he was on drugs.
There are two segments here. The first part is Neil deGrasse Tyson pushing back on Joe Rogan’s claim that psychedelics are incredible. The second clip is where Joe Rogan convinces Tyson to try mushrooms:
Here is what Neil deGrasse Tyson told us when he was a guest on BroBible‘s ‘Endless Hustle’ podcast about the role psychedelics have in understanding the universe:
PSYCHEDELICS x UNIVERSE
We asked @neiltyson about the role of psychedelics in understanding the universe.
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“The human brain, when functioning perfectly, barely gets it right…You can buy whole books on optical illusions…And I’m thinking to myself, if we can collect simple line drawings that confound our human brain’s ability to understand what is objectively true, to then say, let’s add some chemicals in! Let’s add some to connect you deeper to nature. We’re barely connected to nature as it is. So no! I’m not on the line saying, let me get some psychedelics so I’m more plugged in to the operations of nature. I’m not that person.
If you need to feel like you’re deep, sure. But that doesn’t mean you’re actually deep…I’m not saying don’t get high, I’m saying don’t get high with the expectation that reality becomes clearer to you.”
I obviously cannot condone or encourage anyone to experiment with psilocybin mushrooms, magic mushrooms, ‘shrooms, or whatever else you might call them. But Joe Rogan makes some valid points about creativity and life experience. I’ll leave it at that.
The full JRE episode on Spotify with Neil deGrasse Tyson is available here.