Tuesday, 18th November, 2008 - Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London
- Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit - Public Lecture Series
Forthcoming Talks:August 2009:
Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs:
Parapsychology: Magic and Science:
Luck as a Euphemism for Psi?Testing for Precognition
You Never Know Your Luck: The Psychology of Superstition
Psychoactive plants and psychic people: Does psilocybin really cause psi?
Dr. David Luke 6pm, Tuesday, 18th November, 2008 Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit – Public Lecture Series Admission: Free!
The traditional use of psychoactive plants as sacramentals in spiritual and magical rituals has continued for thousands of years. The use of these powerful psychoactive substances has long been reported to induce ostensibly paranormal phenomena such as clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition, and they have traditionally been used expressly for these and other psychic effects the world over by the indigenous groups who use them. The question arises of whether these phenomena are genuine are not, and the evidence is reviewed here for the first time in decades. Regardless of the outcome of this review, however, the known chemistry of these plants can at least teach us something about the neurobiology of paranormal-like experiences, if not of genuine paranormal phenomena.
Dr. David Luke lectures in psychology at several London universities and is a writer and researcher with a special interest in parapsychology and altered states of consciousness. He has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Shoreditch.