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Psychedelics, non-neuro normality and anomalous experience

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  • UserDr David Luke, University of Greenwich, UK
  • ClockWednesday 10 February 2021, 18:00-19:30
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In the current psychedelic research renaissance pioneering work is making great headway in clarifying the clinical benefits of psychedelics in dealing with the current mental health crisis, and in starting to identify some of the neural correlates of the psychedelic experience. However, such research regularly works with restricted populations and strives for homogenous samples that filter out non-neuronormal subgroups or ignores subjective experiences beyond the standard measures. Exploring anomalies can often reveal a great deal about assumed generalities and psychedelic experiences are no exception. In an attempt to find exceptions that disprove the rules this talk will explore some of the little research conducted on less typical conditions and experiences, such as synaesthesia, aphantasia, congenital blindness, autism, HPPD , and a raft of exceptional experiences such as precognition, out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, extra-dimensional visual percepts, entity encounters, possession experiences and maybe more.

Dr David Luke is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich, UK, where he has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience since 2009, and he is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London, and Lecturer on the MSc Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology for Alef Trust and Liverpool John Moores University. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including ten books, most recently Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2nd ed., 2019). When he is not running clinical drug trials with LSD , conducting DMT field experiments or observing apparent weather control with Mexican shamans he directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He has given over 300 invited public lectures and conference presentations; won teaching, research and writing awards; organised numerous festivals, conferences, symposia, seminars, retreats, expeditions, pagan cabarets and pilgrimages; and has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Sussex.

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