Paul Stamets At Burning Man

Paul Stamets Bees

This is is part of my live-learning series! I will be updating this post as I continue through my journey. I apologize for any grammatical errors or incoherent thoughts. This is a practice to help me share things that are valuable without falling apart from the pressure of perfection. 

Here is a picture of Paul Stamets this year Burning Man at the Entheonation Psychedelic Lecture Series put on with the support of MAPS and Dr. Bronner. Paul Stamets is an American mycologist and entrepreneur that believes that mushrooms can save lives and restore our ecosystems. He has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies. This was a monumental moment in my life and talk I was so glad I had the privilege to attend.

Burning Man wasn’t all music and partying. I spent a large part of my time in the desert listening to some of the most fascinating talks I’ve ever heard. In this shot particular, Paul Stamets is sharing about how mushrooms can help repair bees with deformed wings. The average flight time of bees used to be nine days but has dropped to four days. Each day a bee is capable of pollinating a thousand flowers a day and that has dropped by over half. This is a huge issue. Paul showed an image of the grocery store without having a healthy bee population and it was virtually empty. As pollinators, bees are instrumental in supporting the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants.

If this interests you at all, Paul Stamets was recently on the Joe Rogan podcast where he shared some fantastic insights into how he is helping the bees and more. One of his quotes from the interview has captured the imagination of many of us in the psychedelic space: “The coders in Silicon Valley know that that micro-dosing helps our coding ability, so it’s a competitive advantage to those other computer companies that do not. I think any new business, populated in pinnacle by young people who are not doing micro-dosing are going to be a competitive disadvantage.”

I know there are some people out there with some thoughts on this. I’d love to hear from you.

You can check out the episode here:

Also, if you want to interactively search through the Joe Rogan and Paul Stamets episode you can test out a little Speak experiment we’ve created at

It’s safe to say we had a lot of fun making this website to show off some of our technology. Thanks to Joe for giving Paul a platform to speak and to Paul for all the incredible work he is doing.

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