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John Horgan (Stevens Center for Science Writings, Mind-Body Problems) and Nikita Petrov (Psychopolitica.com)

In the first of a series of bi-weekly conversations, Nikita Petrov and John Horgan talk about John’s hockey career, the Covid pandemic, Nikita’s escape from the city and search for a new lifestyle, the 60s, Russian laws about “foreign agents,” amanita muscaria mushrooms, inner emigration, the social responsibility of an artist, and more.

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Psychopolitica | Jan 18, 2021 | John Horgan & Nikita Petrov

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