Graham Hancock: Psychedelics and Civilisation

Graham Hancock by Edward Foster

Graham Hancock by Edward Foster

Club Imaginal Presents: Graham Hancock: Psychedelics and Civilisation

When: September 30, 2015. Time: 19:00 – 21:30

Where: the Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton. BN1 1UD, UK.

From our good friends at Club Imaginal in Brighton:

After a Summer break Club Imaginal is extremely excited to be welcoming Graham Hancock to Brighton for our opening lecture of the season @ The Old Courtroom, on the 30th of September. Tickets from £10.

Psychedelics and the visionary states associated with them are demonised by the technological cultures of the 21st century and the mere possession of a psychedelic substance such as LSD, psilocybin or DMT can result in public humiliation, loss of property and reputation, and lengthy jail penalties. Things were very different in the antiquity. Indeed the evidence shows that many of the greatest civilisations of the past, from ancient Egypt to ancient Greece, and from ancient India to the ancient Americas, enshrined the use of psychedelics as a sacred practise and found immense value in the visions that ensued. Further back still, in the epoch of the great cave art 30,000 and more years ago, recent archaeological research suggests that shamanistic use of psychedelics was instrumental in the birth of the modern human mind. In this talk Graham Hancock investigates the possibility that by demonising and criminalising the use of psychedelics, rather than seeking out ways to harness their power for altering consciousness in safe and nurturing spaces, our society may have set itself on a profoundly negative path — a path that might even deny us the next step in our own evolution as a species.

Graham Hancock is the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Supernatural. His books have been translated into 27 languages. He has written for many of Britain’s leading newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent and The Guardian. He was co-editor of New Internationalist magazine and East Africa correspondent of The Economist. He lives in England.

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