From dreams to drugs, altered states repeatedly give rise to occasional inexplicable experiences of future events.
But what of those predictions arising from the sober passages of consciousness?
And can we ever know genuinely, what will happen before it does, or are we destined to only ever drive forwards looking in the rear-view mirror, only finding out what is prophesied after the fact?
Drawing from the last 137 years of scientific psychical research and parapsychology, and the speaker’s own extensive research, we will attempt to discover if the divinatory and mantic arts are due to romantic hearts and self-delusion or if scientific rigour can demonstrate true prescience.
In this talk David will explain what is currently understood about the nature of precognition, divination, and prophecy, and the techniques that have been demonstrated to seemingly aid these abilities.
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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