Brazilian Psi and Altered States Conference: A Review

Luke, D. (2009). Conference report: The 4th Psi Meeting and the 3rd Journey of Altered States

of Consciousness, Curitiba, Brazil, July 2008. Paranormal Review, 50, 23-26.



Forthcoming Talks:

August 2009:

Liberté, légalité, éternité 

September 2009:  

Luck, Psi and Belief in the Paranormal

Altered States, Imagery and Healing



Psi-verts and Psychic Piracy

Brazilian Psi and Altered States Conference: A Review


Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Species Connectedness and Psychedelics 

Parapsychology and Psychedelics

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Entheogenic Entity Encounters 

Inducing Near-Death Experiences with Chemicals

Psychonautic Misadventures in Time

Obituary: Duncan Blewett

Tribute: Albert Hofmann 

An Interview

A Preliminary Survey

Paranormal Experiences and Psychoactive Drugs

Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Parapsychology: Magic and Science:

A Magical Perspective on Parapsychology

A Parapsychological Perspective on Magic


Recent Talks:

Liberté, légalité, éternité

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

Psychology and Superstition

Pagan Entheogens

Hofmann, LSD & Parapsychopharmacology

The Neurochemistry of Psi

Entoptics: More Than Meets the Eye?

Parapsychology: Science of the Future or the Past? 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Luck as a Euphemism for Psi?

Does Psilocybin Cause Psi? 

Death and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

The Neurochemisty of Psi 

Psi may look like luck 

Testing for Precognition

Entheogens: The Religious /Paranormal Bridge

Sacramental Plants and Psi

The Shaman, The Vision and the Brain

Visionary Encounters and Neurochemical Mythology

Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences

DMT Entities: Deities or Delusion?

Research in Parapsychology: Academic Studies of Magical Phenomena

Superstition, Magic and States of Mind

You Never Know Your Luck: The Psychology of Superstition


The 4th Psi Meeting and the 3rd Journey of Altered States of Consciousness, Curitiba, Brazil, July 2008.


In recent years the Parapsychological Association has decreased the number of Annual Conventions held in North America and increased those being hosted in Europe, where the field of parapsychology seems to have expanded much faster recently. However, there is yet to be a PA conference outside of these two regions despite growing interest in the field in other parts of the world, and subsequently Brazil has been hosting its own international meeting every other year since 2002. What probably sets this conference apart from other conventions and conferences in the field, however, is that the last three of the four Brazilian Psi Meetings have been held in conjunction with the Journey of Altered States of Consciousness (ASC), a purely hands-on approach to the study of ASCs, particularly those states apparently conducive to psi and mediumship.


Such a combination of both the academic and the practical approaches to psi is nowhere more at home than in Brazil, especially when the conference is hosted by the Faculdades Integrades Espírita (FIE) in Curitiba. As a Spiritist university the FIE adheres to the triune principles – of philosophy, spirituality and science – that underpin the Spiritist ethos, proposed by the Frenchman Allan Kardec in the 19th

century. Brazil also boasts some of the most diverse and dynamic religious practices anywhere in the world, and through its mixture of African, European and indigenous spiritualities it has many religions that accept spirit communication and even animism as normal practice. What made this international parapsychology conference so unique, then, was the opportunity each evening to participate in a number of lively spiritual activities or workshops designed to explore altered states experientially, after the day’s more intellectual dose of academic papers. ...


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