Talk Description: Consciousness & Psychedelics
The traditional use of psychoactive plants and fungi for spiritual and shamanic purposes has occurred for thousands of years, whereas the Western scientific research of these substances has only been explored in the last 100 years, and prohibition stalled the last 50 years of this. Now that scientific research is resuming, what do psychedelics tell us about the stranger and more exotic side of human consciousness, and what can be learned from the traditional shamanic practices with these substances?
About the Speaker: Dr David Luke
Dr David Luke is a Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich. He joined the university in 2008, and is course coordinator for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience; and Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology on the undergraduate programme. He is also lecturer on research methods; criminology and forensic psychology; and functional neuropsychology for speech and language therapists. David’s particular interest is in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published over 100 academic papers in this area, making him one of the leading researchers in this specialist area. He was President of the Parapsychological Association (2009-11), and has received an Early Career Research Excellence Award (2011) and won the faculty’s Inspirational Teaching award (2016) from the University of Greenwich.