The House That Helped Build the Modern Psychedelics Movement

Rick Doblin started the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies from the Arcturus, the home he built in the Florida suburbs in the 1970s. Decades later, its story speaks to the lengths we’ll go to reach ourselves, and each other.
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In the spring of 2009, I drove into the depths of the Sarasota, Florida, suburbs to visit a building known as Arcturus. I had a lot of decisions to make at the time. I was graduating from college, and something called a mortgage-backed security had significantly limited my life’s prospects. I didn’t know where I was going to live, but a house begun in 1975 by the founder of the foremost research organization on psychedelics seemed as good a place as any to figure it all out.

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