Psychedelic Science 2013 presents the worldʼs leading psychedelic research in a three-track conference and multiple workshops over five days. More than 65 speakers from at least 11 countries will share their latest research. The conference will explore results and findings in three concurrent tracks: (1) Clinical/Scientific, (2) Interdisciplinary, and (3) Ayahuasca.
The McKenna Brothers and the Birth of the Psychedelic Movement: A Review of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss
The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss is autobiography, family history, adventure tale, and mystical discourse all in one.
What can the local practices of tribes in Siberia tell us about why we exchange gifts around solstice time, stash them under pine trees decorated with red and white ornaments, and sing songs about flying reindeer? It turns out that the origins of Christmas may be bound up with the famous red and white mushroom, Amanita muscaria!
Less than two years ago, Dennis McKenna set out to write The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, the story of his life with his brother, Terence, the eloquent, elfin bard of the psychedelic underground. That book has just been published!
Entoptic images are visual effects which originate within the visual processing system of the observer. The term ‘entoptic’ comes from the Greek for ‘within vision’, indicating that the images come from anywhere within the optic system, between the eye itself and the neural cortex where signals from the optic nerve are interpreted. Since it originates within the visual system, entoptic imagery can only be seen by the observer.
Please enjoy and contribute to this ever-evolving timeline of the development of the spirituality and religions of earth through time and space.
Please enjoy and contribute to this constantly evolving timeline of entheogen and plant medicine use through time and space.
With the rising resurgence of shamanism, often as a curiosity or a way to make money, there seem to be an equally growing number of books flooding the market, making it more and more difficult to find reliable scholarly studies of the topic.
Is there any illegal substance in America that has been subject to more media distortion than Cannabis sativa, the infamous marijuana? With so much information about Cannabis sativa available online as well as in film and television, we must ask, “Do narrative media sources accurately portray the context in which people use Cannabis, the market surrounding its use, and the effects of this herb?” While there are literally hundreds of films that feature casual Cannabis use, to get to the heart of this question I’ve selected two films and a television series with plots centered on the use, manufacturing, and sale of Cannabis sativa in the United States.
Film culture is one of extremes: often, factual accuracy is sacrificed for the sake of comedy, dramatic tension, or artistic license. This is especially evident in areas over which cultural prejudices cast a shadow, such as the use of psychedelics. Over the past ten years, the bulk of news stories relating to psilocybin mushrooms have actually been positive coverage of the alkaloid’s medical and psychiatric potential, yet good news rarely makes an exciting story for a movie.