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Psychedelic Information Theory - Shamanism in the Age of Reason

Psychedelic Information Theory by James L. Kent

James Kent’s long awaited ‘Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason’ is due to be published in August 2010. Happily straddling the ground of alternative and mainstream culture, the text is an attempt to add new scholarly rigour to psychedelia, by examining the creation of novel information in non-linear...

Near Death Experiences

Near-Death Experiences: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection by Ornella Corazza

  As the title suggests this book is concerned with the near-death experience (NDE) in relation to the mind-body connection, particularly in relation to Eastern, mostly Japanese philosophies, and it considers the similarity of NDEs with experiences occurring under the dissociative anaesthetic ketamine. These two separate approaches to the NDE...

Gone Hallucinogen Freeway

Gone Hallucinogen Freeway by Craig J. Moore

Originally published in 2009 ‘Gone Hallucinogen Freeway’ is a stylistically experimental novel written by Craig J. Moore. Set in California, around 1967 and the summer of love, the book is narrated by Joey, and tells of his life aged seventeen, trying to find his place in the counterculture. As part...

archaeologies of consciousness by gyrus

Archaeologies of Consciousness: Essays in Experimental Prehistory by Gyrus

This short collection of expansive essays and book reviews is the first publication completely authored by Gyrus, editor of the late-1990s underground magazine Towards 2012 and the ongoing periodical Dreamflesh: A Journal of Ecological Crisis & Archaeologies of Consciousness. Much like Time & Mind, the title of this anthology reflects...

On Hashish by Walter Benjamin

On Hashish by Walter Benjamin

‘On Hashish’ is a selection of protocols and various writings on intoxication by Walter Benjamin. They are based on experiments that took place between 1927-1934 in Berlin, Marseille and Ibiza. Many were conducted in group conditions, which included individuals like Ernst Bloch and Jean Selz. Although Benjamin had planned a...

Psychedelic Medicine Vol 1

Psychedelic Medicine by Michael J. Winkelman and Thomas B. Roberts (Eds)

  Prior to the reactionary media hysteria and the subsequent government backlash at the end of the 1960s, a wealth of serious scientific research was conducted into the therapeutic and medical benefits of powerful psychoactive drugs. By the beginning of the 1970s, however, almost all therapeutic applications and scientific human...

AcidtoChrist

From Acid to the Body of Christ by Daxx Danzig

Originally published in 2009 ‘From Acid to the Body of Christ’ is an autobiography written by Daxx Danzig. Set largely in Biloxi, Mississippi, the narrative charts Danzig’s life from high-school athlete, through neurotic young adult, to his eventual salvation in middle-age. The story is full of fascinating episodic tales, which...

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Inner Paths to Outer Space by Rick Strassman et al

This literary review was written by, and is reproduced here with the expressed permission of, Dr. David Luke. Originally appeared as: Luke, D. P. (2008). Inner paths to outer space: Journeys to alien worlds through psychedelics and other spiritual technologies, by Rick Strassman et al. [book review]. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22...

OpiumEaterPenguin

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey

  ‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ by Thomas De Quincey was first published, anonymously, in two parts by the London Magazine in 1821. The following year it appeared as a novel and has been regularly reprinted ever since. This literary review is written from the Penguin Classics (2003) edition; ‘Confessions...

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