Close reading of Exodus suggests that its preparations were powerful, both in terms of their pharmacology and their potential effects on social dynamics. The whole story of Exodus seems to be just what the name suggests: a story about getting out of it.
In this interview we discuss Dr Matthew Clark's new book Botanical Ecstasies, how he first became interested in the question of soma's identity, plant experimentation, and the role of ethnobotany in understanding history.
Our fascination with gems, shimmering objects, colourful flowers, and translucent stained-glass windows stems from their resemblance to the glowing beauty gleaned in the visionary’s inner eye, argued Huxley. By viewing such objects of beauty, we are reminded of the visionary realms and can be transported into them.