This collection of essays chart the proceedings of Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, which in 2011 brought together over 80 speakers and 600 delegates from 30 countries to Canterbury, UK to discuss psychedelic substances and their role in science and culture.
Psychedelic consciousness is a personally meaningful experience that can bring us into contact with the unknowable, help repair fragmented minds and increase our sense of well-being. However, psychedelic plants and chemicals have been globally prohibited for since the 1960s with little regard for their spiritual, therapeutic and recreational use throughout human culture and history.
The prohibition of psychedelic ‘drugs’ has limited the exploration of consciousness and the healing potential of these plants and substances. Yet, in the last two decades, a door has started to be opened allowing legal medical and therapeutic research on psychedelics to resume. This opening has allowed other scholars to become increasingly bold in stating their interest in psychedelic substances, and the researches that the essays here describe exemplifies this.
The authors of this book represent the vanguard of the second golden age of psychedelic studies research. It is hoped this volume will motivate a new generation of thinkers to stand up to the taboo that has been placed on psychedelics and bring these plants and chemicals into the light of reasoned discussion and research.
Cameron Adams • Joseph Bicknell • Jon Cole • Ras Binghi Congo-Nyah • Val Curran
Nese Devenot • Rob Dickins • Rick Doblin • Kevin Feeney • Amanda Feilding
Tom Froese • Jonathan Hobbs • Mike Jay • Axel Klein • Reka Komaromi
Beatriz Caiuby Labate • Andy Letcher • David Luke • Luis Eduardo Luna
Kirkland Murray • Peter Oehen • Andy Parrott • Vít Pokorný • Ffion Reynolds
Andy Roberts • William Rowlandson • Ben Sessa • Angela Voss • Anna Waldstein