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Dim Sum Talks|History of Psychedelics

Dim Sum Talks|History of Psychedelics

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  •  24 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E
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Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. His r... More Info »
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Want to feed your brain and your stomach? Join us for a dining experience like no other at one of our unique DIM SUM TALKS - where you can delve into a fascinating subject whilst sampling a selection of Ping Pongs finest dim sum.

The long trip: A brief history of psychedelics

The traditional use of psychoactive plants and fungi for spiritual and shamanic rituals 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 at least 50 years of this.

Prior to the reactionary media hysteria and the subsequent government backlash at the end of the 1960s hippie era, a wealth of serious scientific research was conducted into the therapeutic and medical benefits of powerful psychoactive drugs, not to mention inspiring the personal computing industry, odd theoretical corners of physics, spirituality, psychotherapy and extreme sports.

By the beginning of the 1970s, however, almost all therapeutic applications and scientific human research with such drugs had been curtailed and their use criminalized. In the following years, this potentially beneficial side to hallucinogens became largely forgotten. Only during the last decade, has this research gradually been resumed to the point where we might now even speak of a renaissance of research into psychedelic medicines. This talk explores the of legacy of psychedelics across all spheres of culture, academia and medicine, past, present and possible future.

Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. 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 five books, most recently Neurotransmissions: Essays on Psychedelics(2015) and Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds (2014). He has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites, but increasingly has more questions than answers.

Venue: Ping Pong - Covent Garden

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

Earlybird Tickets: £20 (SOLD OUT)

Standard Tickets: £25

The Ticket includes:

  • 1x seafood dumpling
  • 1x chicken and cashewnut dumpling
  • 1x spicy chicken dumpling
  • 1x spinach and mushrooms dumpling
  • 2x prawn and scallop sticky rice

There will also be a vegetarian option available.

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Dim Sum Talks are a brand new concept, taking our well known Funzing Talks @ Night events - and turning them into a dining experience with a difference. Alongside Ping Pong Covent Garden, we've pulled together an impressive array of leading intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire and re-invent your after work get togethers.

Alongside a fascinating talk from one of our top speakers, you will receive a 6 x dim sum platter exclusively put together by the culinary experts over at the famous Ping Pong restaurant group. Ping Pong is a contemporary and lively group of restaurants serving Dim Sum, cocktails and Chinese teas. An ideal choice for a quick, light lunch or a fun night out - as they say, all the fun is in the sharing.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it may lead you!



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  • Fascinating lecture 
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The Ticket includes:
  • 1x seafood dumpling
  • 1x chicken and cashewnut dumpling
  • 1x spicy chicken dumpling 
  • 1x spinach and mushrooms dumpling
  • 2x prawn and scallop sticky rice
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