What Ancients Cultures Have To Teach Us About Being Human And Happy with Wade Davis
This episode is brought to you by Gut Food, Cozy Earth, InsideTracker, and Rupa Health.Many of us are feeling a crisis of meaning; feeling we’ve lost our way amongst the stressors and distractions of modern life. We are more isolated, divided, and sick than ever before. Personally, I always turn to nature when I’m feeling lost. And in traveling, talking to interesting people, and learning about the world, I’ve found that ancient cultures and their relationships to nature can teach us volumes when it comes to rediscovering connection, health, and meaning. Today, I’m excited to share a conversation I had with Wade Davis, all about culture, the depth of the natural world, belief systems, ethnobotany, psychedelics, and more. Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of 23 books, including One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, and he was the winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language. His latest book is Magdalena: River of Dreams. Wade’s many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the NGS. This episode is brought to you by Gut Food, Cozy Earth, InsideTracker, and Rupa Health.Check out Gut Food at gutfood.com.Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to cozyearth.com and use code MARK40.Right now, InsideTracker is offering my community 20% off at insidetracker.com/drhyman.Rupa Health is a place where Functional Medicine practitioners can access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests. You can check out a free, live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.Here are more details from our interview (audio version / Apple Subscriber version): Wade’s early experiences that first got him interested in anthropology (5:56 / 3:24)Why western culture is actually an anomaly, not the norm (7:57 / 5:23)Our misguided understanding of the purpose of culture (18:00 / 15:50) Why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world (20:40 / 18:57) The nature of life (22:48 / 20:50)Human commonalities among all cultural expressions (27:30 / 23:08)The value of language and storytelling (29:36 / 24:28) Why biologically, the concept of race is utter fiction (31:27 / 27:06) Psychedelics and our relationship to nature and plant medicines (37:27 / 33:20) Communicating with plants (1:01:22 / 39:35) Learn more about Wade Davis at daviswade.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.