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Taboo from the Jungle to the Lab: Science and Ayahuasca

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Taboo from the Jungle to the Lab: Science and Ayahuasca

Taboos can be both impediments to knowledge and storehouses of knowledge. This two-part talk by Reverend Nemu, author of Science Revealed and the forthcoming Neuro-apocalypse, explores the taboos in place in the scientific community studying ayahuasca, and compares their usefulness to those in indigenous ayahuasca traditions. PART 1:   PART 2:     Reverend Nemu’s fascination with all things apocalyptic began twenty years ago, whilst baiting Jehovah's Witnesses on his doorstep. He occasionally gives talks on ayahuasca and Santo Daime, on revelation in the history of science, and other wonderful things, which you can see here (http://www.nemusend.co.uk). He is the...

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What did you do for the psychedelic renaissance? by Andy Roberts

What did you do for the psychedelic renaissance? by Andy Roberts

This is the editorial for the Psychedelic Press journal XVI (May 2016) and is written by Andy Roberts, author of newly published Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia, and Albion Dreaming: A Popular History of LSD in Britain:                                                                                                                                    ...

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A Psychedelic Revaluation of all Values: An interview with Peter Sjöstedt-H

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A Psychedelic Revaluation of all Values: An interview with Peter Sjöstedt-H

Peter Sjöstedt-H is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher who specialises in the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergson and Whitehead, and within the field of Philosophy of Mind. Noumenautics, his recently published first book, traverses the mindscape of metaphysics, nihilism and psychedelic phenomenology. It navigates through subjects such as the sentience of cells, the constrictions of consciousness, the metaphysics of might, the magic of mushrooms, the narcotics of Nietzsche, and the neologism of neo-nihilism – the last of which may itself cause flashbacks. Peter's been kind enough to answer some of our questions on Noumenautics and the relationship between psychedelic substances and philosophy.   Psychedelic...

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Step Backwards with Psychoactive Bill: Volume XV Editorial

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Step Backwards with Psychoactive Bill: Volume XV Editorial

From Psychedelic Press Volume XV: One step forwards, and it appears we’ve taken two steps back. Perhaps then a side-shuffle to avoid the oncoming carnival of an ever-transforming everyday world, only to find that it doesn’t actually look a great deal different from our new vantage point. Indeed, the chains of identity appear to have been tightened. Have we not just spent decades loosening them? Morphing the metal links into fairy chains? For the psychedelic enthusiast living in society’s liminal spaces, this is no benevolent acid trip. It is the law. Or, more specifically, an additional drug law.    ...

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Volume VI Editorial: A Curriculum of the Soul

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Volume VI Editorial: A Curriculum of the Soul

I was lucky enough to find a copy of Albert Glover’s The Mushroom: a curriculum of the soul recently. Published in 1972, this small, scarce, orange-clad pamphlet is a poetic record of the author’s hunt and subsequent trip with the folklorist’s favourite fairy mushroom, the fly agaric (Amanita muscaria).  When first I found you it was underneath a white Pine tree. That wood I took for my staff, That image entered my dreams. Led by a boy I walked through the pine plantation Calling your name, Mukhomer!   The poem describes Glover’s hunt for mukhomer (a folk name for the...

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