10th - 13th July, 2008 - 4th Psi Meeting, Faculdades Integrades Espirita, Curitiba, Brazil
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
Sacramental plants and their role in understanding the possible neurochemistry of psi
Dr. David Luke (guest speaker) 4th Psi Meeting, Faculdades Integrades Espirita, Curitiba, Brazil - 10th - 13th July, 2008
The traditional use of psychoactive plants as sacramentals in spiritual and magical rituals has continued for thousands of years. The use of these sacred substances has long been reported to induce ostensibly paranormal phenomena such as clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition and these plants have been used expressly for these and other psychic effects by indigenous people the world over. If these plants can and do induce genuine psi phenomena, what might be inferred about the neurochemistry of psi from the known chemistry of these plants?
This talk will discuss the evidence for the induction of genuine psi with psychedelic and sacramental substances, particularly in comparison to psi apparently produced without the aid of chemicals. Based on this evaluation an exploration will be made into the likely mode of action of the ostensible psi function of these plants and compounds, be it neurochemical, psychological or otherwise.