What's on: 5 Feb

Death, DMT and Discarnate Entities: A Misadventure into Magic, Myth, Folklore and Potent Neurohackin

Death, DMT and Discarnate Entities: A Misadventure into Magic, Myth, Folklore and Potent Neurohackin

Dr David Luke
Tuesday 5 February
7:00pm - 8:30pm

This talk discusses both the scientific and the mystical understanding of people's experiences of visionary encounters with discarnate beings, especially those arising through the ingestion of the powerful psychedelic DMT, which is also naturally occurring in the body and speculated to account for spontaneous near-death and mystical experiences.

In all times and places people have had unnervingly real encounter experiences with deities, demons, angels, elves, aliens, and ghosts. Sometimes these occur when a person is in an altered state – dreaming, on drugs, or is near death.

The connection between the altered state and the 'visitation' is explored in this vivid illustrated talk, which takes a personal tour through folklore, mythology, neurochemistry, magic, shamanism, death and the angel of a thousand eyes, brain anatomy, Tibetan demonology, the pineal gland, art, the Reg Veda, psychoactive toads and a cauldron full of other odd ingredients.

Dr David Luke

Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience since 2009. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including nine books, most recently DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule (2018), and Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2017). When he is not running clinical drug trials on creative problem solving with LSD, doing DMT field experiments or observing weather control with Mexican shamans he directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a co-founder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He has given over 250 invited public lectures and conference presentations, won teaching, research and writing awards, organised numerous festivals, conferences, symposia, seminars, retreats, expeditions, pagan cabarets and pilgrimages, and has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Sussex.

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