Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences

21st - 24th March, 2008 - The World Psychedelic Forum, Basel, Switzerland 


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

Psychedelics, parapsychology and exceptional human experiences

David Luke & Marios Kittenis - Rising Researchers Session

The World Psychedelic Forum, 6:30pm, Friday March 21st, 2008, Basel, Switzerland

In 1912, Zerda Bayon isolated one of the active principles of ayahuasca, now called harmine, and named it ‘telepathine’ because of its apparently psychical properties. At the beginning of the 1950’s the psychedelic research era began in earnest, since which time these substances have been associated with paranormal experiences - such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and out-of-body experiences -by many of the researchers who have studied their effects on humans.

For example, Humphrey Osmond, who coined the term ‘psychedelic’ via correspondence with Aldous Huxley, shared with him a conviction that these psychic abilities could be accessed when the doors of perception were opened. Currently however, virtually no research is being conducted in this field despite the recent revival of research into the potential therapeutic benefit of psychedelics in humans. This paper discusses the authors’ research to date in this area: reviewing the literature on psychedelics and parapsychology (the psychological study of paranormal processes), conducting a survey of paranormal experiences associated with different psychoactive substances, and correlating self-reports of the number of consumed psychedelics with performance on a precognition task. The authors’ plans for future research are also discussed.

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