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Funzing Talks | Tales from a Psychedelic Researcher

Funzing Talks | Tales from a Psychedelic Researcher

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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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Join David Luke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich and renowned psychedelics expert, for a fascinating talk on the exceptional human experience!

Until recently the two fields of psychedelic research and parapsychology were extremely taboo within academia, and certainly never mixed together. One of them is now becoming respectable, perhaps even prestigious within mainstream scientific research, while the other is still marginalised.

Now that scientific research is resuming, what do psychedelics tell us about the weirder side of human consciousness, and what can be learned from the traditional shamanic practices with these substances?

David will speak about how he committed double career hari-kari by fusing two off-limits subject areas in his professional research but discuss the high weirdness he's experienced along the way that makes it all worthwhile - including a near miss with a scalpel wielding psychic surgeon, getting publicly ridiculed by grass, being duped into international travel by a mint plant, discovering dragons in his trouser pocket and encountering elves on a minibus.

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.

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His research focuses on trans-personal 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: Lighthouse, Shoreditch

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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