What Ancients Cultures Have To Teach Us About Being Human And Happy with Wade Davis

Episode 561 1h 16m


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 has been to places most of us never even knew existed. On those adventures, he’s been lucky enough to learn about the ancient ways of so many different cultures, from their spiritual beliefs and relationships with plants and animals to psychedelic medicines, ceremonies, community values, and so much more.

When we look at Western cultures, we see an overarching theme of disconnection from nature and a deamination of it, limiting the world to a backdrop for human drama. We’ve made nature into a resource to extract and consume when in fact we have so much to gain from living in harmony with it. Wade’s incredible stories highlight how ancient cultures all over the world have maintained this relationship and what we can learn from them.


This episode is brought to you by Gut Food, Cozy Earth, InsideTracker, and Rupa Health. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • Wade’s early experiences that first got him interested in anthropology


  • Why western culture is actually an anomaly, not the norm


  • Our misguided understanding of the purpose of culture


  • Why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world


  • The nature of life


  • Human commonalities among all culture expressions


  • The value of language and storytelling


  • Biologically, the concept of race is utter fiction


  • Psychedelics and our relationship to nature and plant medicines


  • Communicating with plants


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Ep. 561 - What Ancients Cultures Have To Teach Us About Being Human And Happy with Wade Davis