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Published on Jun 21, 2015
Summary: Psychedelics and Mental Health
Only during the last decade, has this research gradually been resumed to the point where we might now even speak of a renaissance of research into psychedelic medicines. The talk will explore the medical potential of psychedelics in the field of mental health drawing upon current research from the fields of neuroscience, medicine, psychiatry, psychology anthropology and, indeed, personal insight from time spent with psychedelic counter-cultures and shamanic tribes.
Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. As a researcher he has a special interest in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially with psychedelics (mainly Ayahuasca and San Pedro cactus), having published 100 academic papers in this area. David is also director of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites, but increasingly has more questions than answers.