Hofman, LSD & Parapsychopharmacology

Sunday, 5th April, 2009 - Annual Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness

                                        Portland, Oregon, USA


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

Albert Hofmann, LSD and the formation of the lost 

field of Parapsychopharmacology

Dr. David Luke

9:15am, Sunday, 5th April, 2009

Annual Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, Portland, Oregon, USA

In 1943, following a peculiar presentiment to re-synthesize LSD-25, Dr. Albert Hofmann accidentally had his first psychedelic experience with this chemical and consequently had his first out-of-body experience as well. It has been well documented that, beginning in the early 1950s, psychological and psychophysiological research with LSD and other psychedelics boomed until prohibition in the late 1960s, but little has been reported about the significant influence of psychedelics on, and Hofmann’s contribution to parapsychological research at that time. 

This paper draws attention to the importance attached to paranormal phenomena among the earliest and most famous psychedelic discoverers and researchers in the developed world, along with the subsequent interest in psychedelics among parapsychologists, thereby plotting the course of the formation of what might be called the lost field of parapsychopharmacology. It is also asked that, given that we are now witnessing a renaissance in psychedelic research, isn’t it time that anthropologists, parapsychologists and psychedelic researchers again unite to once more investigate the profound paranormal experiences people more frequently report with these substances, to find out what they can genuinely add to our potential as human beings.   

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