Author: Jim McAllister

The Ego as the Infinite?

After putting down the book Gnostic Philosophy (2005) by Tobias Churlton I was struck by a thought which, as thoughts tend to, quickly led onto several others. My main single reflection could be summed up as follows: If Gnostic thought...

Evolution of the Mushroom Symphony

The earliest suggested depiction of human mushroom use is represented in cave art found within the Tassili plateau in Southern Algeria, and is approximately seven thousand years old (Stamets, 1996). The artwork portrays a bee-headed figure with mushroom fruiting bodies for fingers,...

Nature’s Pharmacy

These days one cannot think of any UK-based apothecary without triggering internal images of aisles upon aisles of overpriced, gaudy cardboard enshrined creams and tablets, guarded by busy, white-coated workers; each infused, in equal measures, by a discrete ambience of...

The Physicalism of Hallucinations

Within the realm of folk psychology, defined as ‘common sense’ by your author, humans in the western world have been shunted down a pathway of thought that seems to write off the ideas, images and concepts gleaned from certain altered states...

Calming the Eternal Footman: Psilocybin and Cancer Psychopharmacology

The mystical experience that can be achieved via the ingestion of certain naturally occurring species of fungus is just the sort of thing that can shake a person out of a ‘deep funk’, either by allowing a fresh perspective to be ascertained, or by the ‘shock and awe’ effects of increased serotonin-like effects on the synapses.

Darwin’s Pharmacy by Richard M. Doyle

Published in 2011 by the University of Washington Press, ‘Darwin’s Pharmacy’ is written by Professor of English, science, technology and society, at Pennsylvania State University, Richard M. Doyle. It is an analysis of the bond between psychotropic literature and human...

Depression and the drug known affectionately as AZD6765

More evidence for the effects of an anti-depressant that can really affect sufferers of ‘treatment-less’ depression has been uncovered by clinical trials, headed by Dr Carlos Zarate, for the National Institute of  Health earlier this year.  The drug known affectionately...

Psychedelic Lichen

Psychedelic compounds can be found throughout a range of different groups of flora. With this thought in mind it is surprising to think that so few of these plants are actually discussed or experienced within drug circles in the Western...

Deliriants and the Weaponized Hallucinogen

‘……You know how it is: you’re out at night looking for kicks and somebody’s passing around a weaponized hallucinogen’. This line from the 2005 film Batman Begins, as with most Hollywood creations, manages to detach its words from its action...

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