SECOND INTERNATIONAL PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE CONFERENCE SHARES LEADING RESEARCH RESULTS WITH BROAD AUDIENCES.
Registration Is Now Open for Psychedelic Science 2013 in Oakland, Calif., April 18-23, 2013.
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.
Over the past decade, psychedelic research has been experiencing an international renaissance. Substances such as LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, and ibogaine are being explored for their potential to calm end-of life anxiety, reduce the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, and help end addictions to alcohol and opiates. Psychedelic Science 2013 will present the latest research on the potential benefits as well as the risks of these fascinating compounds.
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The nocebo effect shows us that, even when no real drug or cause for harm is present, negative beliefs and expectations can lead to negative physiological, behavioural, emotional, and/or cognitive consequences. It demonstrates the very real effects of conditioning and negative suggestions.
The general consensus amongst clinical psychologists is that psychedelic drugs can cause damage when the user undergoes an extremely emotionally negative or traumatic experience as a result of them.
The purpose of this article is to suggest that the dominant discourses around psychedelics in the both drugs education and the mass-media condition individuals to have negative experiences whilst using them where they otherwise might not.
Both the mass media and the prevailing approaches to drugs education emphasise the risks of using the substances…
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Drug laws attempt to control what you can do with your mind and what experiences you are allowed access to. Drug laws are, quite literally, attempts at mind control.
Cognitive libery is much more than freedom of thought. To believe in cognitive liberty is to believe that the individual is absolute sovereign over their own consciousness. It is an extension of the concepts of freedom of thought and self-ownership. It is a reaction against the prevailing assumption that other people have the right to tell you what you can do with your mind and body in situations that carry only a personal-risk.
Terence McKenna writes:
“We’re playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it can not. It’s a preposterous situation. It is essentially a civil rights issue…
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The following article has been written by Oliver Genn-Bash, current president of the University of Kent, Canterbury, Psychedelics Society. He can be reached at: email@example.com
‘A good traveller has no fixed destination, and is not intent on arriving’ – Lao Tzu
Taoist philosophy is extremely interesting when looking at it within the context of the psychedelic experience. Whilst there is largely a consensus regarding the subjectivity of the psychedelic experience there are certain common aspects which seem to permeate the experience from individual to individual, despite the supposed subjective nature of it. Taoism may ultimately provide us with a framework through which to understand the psychedelic experience in a constructive manner, whereby we may be able to examine various seemingly intuitive revelations through a certain lens.
The first point I want to make regards the notion of the self within the psychedelic experience. Losing our sense of self is…
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