Cognition Factor -- Are we evolving as a species or are we going extinct? What is consciousness? Is G-d a myth? Can science and spirituality learn to co-exist? What happens when you die? Cognition Factor stitches quick-paced conversations with Terence Mckenna into a plot to save the world, along with brother Dennis Mckenna, and Ralph Abraham, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Metzner, Alex Grey, and twenty more of the top thinkers of our times. The narrated documentary moves through five different scenarios, each accompanied by a distinctive visual and audio style.
Ralph Metzner talks about his experimentation with the drug psilocybin, and how it affected his thought process.
Bruce Margolin speaks about the book written by Timothy Leary and Ralph Metzner. The book gives a guideline to people on how to control their experiences with LSD.
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Harvard professors Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary made countercultural history in 1963 when they were fired for conducting controversial psychedelic drug research. In the purple haze aftermath, Alpert journeyed to India and found his guru Maharaj Ji, who renamed him Ram Dass ("Servant of God"). Best known for his 1971 bestseller "Be Here Now," which was a spiritual touchstone of the era, Ram Dass became an inspiration to people across the globe. Filmmaker Mickey Lemle—who has known his subject for more than twenty-five years—intersperses vivid archival footage from hippiedom's glory days with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today, as he continues to remake his life since being—in his words—"stroked" in 1997.
Once a symbol of '60s counterculture and psychedelic drug use, Ram Dass has since become a renowned speaker and author on the topics of aging, spirituality, and overcoming the mistakes of the past.
Spiritual guru Ram Dass attempts to recover from a stroke, which he dubs "fierce grace," in this documentary produced and directed his close friend.
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