Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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26 Apr 2014 - 10:00am

This study day will explore the claim that mind-altering substances, specifically psychedelics, can play an important role in triggering mystical and psi-conducive states of consciousness. Humanity has valued such substances throughout history but only in the last century have their effects been investigated scientifically and studies of the link with psychical research are even more recent. Five leading experts will come together to discuss the historical, anthropological, psychological and parapsychological aspects of the topic. There will be particular focus on the use of substances such as psilocybin, LSD and ayahuasca to occasion mystical and psychic experiences. Scientific studies in this area are currently restricted by legal constraints, so this problem will also be addressed. The day will end with a general discussion, including audience participation.

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