Rupert Sheldrake & David Luke, Q&A: Consciousness & Reenchantment: Re-Defining Our Parameters.
This Q&A was held at the Advaya event Consciousness: Re-Defining Our Parameters with Rupert Sheldrake and David Luke on 3rd December 2018.
About the Speakers: 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.
Dr Rupert Sheldrake
Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 85 technical papers and twelve books, including Science and Spiritual Practices. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow. He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and director of studies in cell biology. From 2005-2010 he was director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge, for research on unexplained human and animal abilities. He is currently a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, near San Francisco, and also of Schumacher College, in Devon ....
Rupert Sheldrake: The Mind beyond the Brain:
Most scientists assume that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is much too limited. People can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. People’s intentions can also be detected telepathically by animals from miles away, and some people can tell who is calling them before they pick up the phone. Our minds seem to extend stretch out beyond our brains through attention and intention. And they are also open to more-than-human forms of consciousness, both through spontaneous mystical experiences and through spiritual practices.
David Luke: 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?