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Breaking Convention 2015

Breaking Convention announces Call for Papers

  Following the success of the Breaking Convention conferences in 2011 and 2013, the technicolor flag of international psychedelia will be hoisted once again over the weekend of 10-12 July 2015. Breaking Convention 2015 will be held once again at the beautiful, baroque Old Royal Naval College campus of the...

Sharing the Wisdom of British and World Shamanism

Sharing the Wisdom of British and World Shamanism

Shamanic lands is a two day event exploring Shamanic consciousness happening on 6th & 7th of June at the Conway Hall, London. The Shamanic Lands is a two day interactive event uniting the ancient knowledge of the British Isles and Ireland with global shamanic wisdom. We are in a time...

Wixaritari Shaman and Psychedelic Researcher Deliver Talk and Present Film at Passing Clouds

Wixaritari Shaman and Psychedelic Researcher Deliver Talk and Present Film at Passing Clouds

January 18 at Passing Clouds, London, will see a Huichol shaman: Mara’akame Paritemai, and psychedelic researcher: Dr. David Luke present a documentary film screening and discussion around the world’s oldest psychedelic tribe, the Wixaritari (Huichol), and their fight to save their spiritual ecology, which is currently under threat by mining...

Decomposing the Shadow

Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom by James W. Jesso

Originally published in 2013, ‘Decomposing the Shadow: Lessons from the Psilocybin Mushroom’ is written by James W. Jesso. The book, written partly from a personal perspective, examines the manner in which modern society and culture operate, and how the responsible use of Psilocybin-containing mushrooms can aid us in overcoming personal,...

Creating Romanticism

Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science and Medicine of the 1790s by Sharon Ruston

Originally published in 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine’ is written by Sharon Ruston. Ruston is Chair in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Salford, UK. She has previously published ‘Shelley and Vitality’ (2005) and ‘Romanticism: An Introduction’ (2007), as well as editing...

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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 is consumed with a stripping away of the conscious ego...

The Thinker

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

– On the Value of the Psychedelic Experience to Academic Philosophy –  – Peter Sjöstedt-H – (This is a modified version of a chapter for the forthcoming book ‘Radical Mycology’) Due to the general legal prohibition and modern cultural taboo against psychoactive chemicals, the academic discipline of Philosophy has left a potentially...

Reasonances

Reasonances by Carl Abrahamsson

Published in late 2014, Reasonances by Swedish writer and polymath extraordinaire Carl Abrahamsson is made up of essays, interviews and lectures from 2000 to 2013. Subjects that are covered include the magical art of Rosaleen Norton, Crowley’s Thelema and German author Ernst Jünger’s psychedelic explorations. In addition, the book features...

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Good Intentions and the Road to the Amazon

A group of academics and others have published a letter expressing severe criticism of the methods and aims of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC), an NGO which has assumed the mission of ensuring the safety and sustainability of ayahausca and other entheogens. The letter is reproduced below. The debate continues…...

Psychedelic Press 2014 Vol.5

Psychedelic Press Journal – 2014 Vol.5 – is now out!

As our longest night approaches here in the UK, thoughts are beginning to dwell more on 2015, but before they take up permanent residence, our final journal publication of 2014 must make its appearance. Slightly delayed – apologies for copies not reaching homes before the festive season – it is my pleasure to announce...

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