‘These things have been used, the world over, in different cultures, for thousands of years. We even find mentions of psychedelics in the Bible.” Dr David Luke
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.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- The therapeutic potential of psychedelic medicines (9:14)
- The neuroscience of altered states (13:13)
- Aldous Huxley’s Theory of the Brain (15:25)
- Dr Luke’s strangest psychedelic experience (18:35)
- The History of Psychedelics (26:45)
- Terrence McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory (28:26)
- Importance of set and setting (46:37)
- Who shouldn’t do psychedelics (48:58)