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The Trippin' Spriggan call to poets...

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  Breaking Convention: 3rd Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness is happening in July, 2015 at the University of Greenwich, London. The previous two conferences have been fantastic events with over 700 delegates, 100 speakers, and some incredible workshops, and this third one looks set to be even better. It is our pleasure to announce that the Psychedelic Press will be teaming up with Breaking Convention to bring a beautiful poetry book to the event - The Trippin' Spriggan - and we'd like to ask poets to contribute to this collection. If you were interested in submitting your poetry for potential inclusion...

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The Importance of Occupy, Anarchy, and the Apocalypse: An Interview with Reverend Nemu

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Hi Reverend Nemu, thank you for agreeing to answer some of our questions. Science Revealed, part 1 of the Nemu’s End series, has just been published. The whole project is concerned with the apocalypse, but not necessarily the ‘end of the world’ variety filled with fire and brimstone. Could you tell us about what you mean by the apocalypse, and how it is relevant for people today? Well, thank you for agreeing to publish the result of a ten year compulsive disorder! The word apocalypse means unveiling (apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover’). Other cognates are ‘discovery’ (dis-cover), ‘disclosure’ (dis-close) and ‘revelation’ (re- expressing reversal + velum ‘veil’ in...

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Messiah Apprehended at Heathrow by Reverend Nemu

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THE PREFACE TO SCIENCE REVEALED   To the Manic Messianic Man, Clinical stages of type 3 [Jerusalem Syndrome] • Anxiety, agitation, nervousness and tension, plus other unspecified reactions. • Declaration of the desire to split away from the group or the family and to tour Jerusalem alone… • A need to be clean and pure: obsession with taking baths and showers; compulsive fingernail and toenail cutting. • Preparation, often with the aid of hotel bed-linen, of a long, ankle-length, toga-like gown, which is always white. • The need to scream, shout, or sing out loud psalms, verses from the Bible, religious hymns or spirituals… • A...

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The Political Science of Psychedelics

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When various State governments and international bodies made d-Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and numerous other psychedelic drugs, illegal in the mid-1960s, they single-handedly ended medical research and, apparently, politicised the psychedelic experience. Now, after a 40 year hiatus, human research with psychedelic drugs has tentatively begun again. But is the psychedelic experience any less political now than it was then? And, moreover, who has the right to dictate how the subjective effects of these substances are understood? To answer these questions, it is first necessary to return to the heyday of psychedelic research. The discovery of the psychoactive properties of...

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