Luke, D. (2008). Disembodied eyes revisited. An investigation into the ontology of
entheogenic entity encounters. Entheogen Review: The Journal of Unauthorized Research
on Visionary Plants and Drugs, 17 (1), 1-9 & 38-40.
Forthcoming Talks:August 2009:
Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs:
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Luck as a Euphemism for Psi?Testing for Precognition
You Never Know Your Luck: The Psychology of Superstition
Disembodied eyes revisited: An investigation into the ontology of entheogenic entity encounters
All that glitters is not gold. Such a maxim might well serve any psychic voyager on a journey into the weirder realms of psychedelics. After all, out here on the edges there is seldom any firm evidence that the beatific or hellish visions beheld whilst chemically neurohacking your wetware have any basis in consensus reality. Indeed these visions are often so extravagantly strange and terrifyingly ineffable that reminding yourself that they are not real can serve to keep one’s sanity on a short leash when madness looms. Nevertheless, as John Lilly put it, how does one recognise one’s in-sanity from one’s out-sanity? And in any case how would anyone even begin to try and prove the ontological credibility of the psychedelic experience if they are to visit some other world or meet some alien entity? No one has yet put forward a solid method for testing these supposed realities within the domain of science, despite some admirable attempts recently[i] (e.g., Rodriguez, 2007), so all we have left to rely on is anecdote and phenomenology. This story lies somewhere between the two but also takes on a new dimension that has urged me to depart momentarily from the fruits of science into the “foamy custard” of folklore, myth, cultural studies and related disciplines[ii], but it seemingly has enough semblance of objectivity to warrant a whisper of truth - whatever that may be...
[i] This paper (Rodriguez, M. A. . A methodology for studying various interpretations of the N,N-dimethyltryptamine-induced alternate reality. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 21, 67-84.) deals particularly with dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Grossly simplified, Rodriguez proposes obtaining from the entities solutions to complex mathematics puzzles that the DMT experient does not know. Regrettably, this ingenious method for testing the reality of DMT entity encounters is subject to a number of flaws, such as the huge assumptions involved in expecting our supposed hyper-intelligent beings having the desire to cooperate and make themselves proven. The most crippling problem for his test, however, is what is known as the "super psi hypothesis"; an issue long proved difficult to surmount in parapsychological attempts to validate the existence of discarnate entities considered spirits of the dead, e.g. those apparently communicating via trance mediums. The problem is that, because clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition (collectively called psi) have no theoretical (or even apparent) limits, it always remains a possibility that any information provided by ostensibly discarnate entities may actually be due to the “super” psi of the person (e.g., the medium) receiving the information.