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A Psychedelic Revolution in the Liberal Arts [ONLINE]

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

by Psychedelic Society (UK)


Could the psychedelic state induce a total re-evaluation of our ideas of philosophy, culture and beauty? 

Join Thomas Roberts, professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, as he opens the door on the incredible world of mindappsPsycho Criticism and what psychedelics can teach us about beauty. Over four weeks, you will explore how the psychedelic state has been largely ignored in the liberal arts, and how they invite a wholesale reinterpretation of not just our most cherished cultural stories and ideas, but of beauty, meaning and reality. You will never think of Snow White the same way again!

You will discover a whole world of new questions, and a framework to analyse and appreciate poems, plays and literature through the lens of psychedelic understanding.

He will also introduce his intriguing notion of “mindapps.” Whereas most people study the effects of a single substance in isolation, if we consider the potential for mixing a psychedelic, for example, with a brain stimulant and a meditation, we may be on the cusp of inventing an endless array of “mindbody” states that have never been experienced before.

Thomas Roberts is professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, where he taught the world’s first inter-disciplinary psychedelics course from 1981-2012. He is a founding member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a former visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins, editor of Psychedelics and Spirituality and the author of the books Psychedelic HorizonsThe Psychedelic Future of the Mind, and Mind Apps. Tom has spoken at conferences from northern Finland to southern Australia, from Iceland to Brazil, and he also originated the celebration of Bicycle Day (April 19) to honour the day that Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann discovered LSD’s psychoactive effects.


Week 1 — Psychocriticism — Disney’s Snow White meets Stan Grof’s Map of our minds.

What happens when Disney’s movie Snow White collides with Stan Grof’s map of our minds? Grofian psychocriticism with dashes of Joseph Campbell’s hero theory and C. G. Jung’s archetypes. CAUTION: You will never be able to think of Snow White the same again.

A power-point presentation and Q&A with Thomas Roberts.

Week 2 — The Entheogen Reformation — Religious and Spiritual Growth,

Would the esteemed Harvard Divinity School dare to present a year-long series of lectures on the entheogenic uses of psychedelics?  They’re doing it now.  We’ll view a lecture by Roland Griffith (head of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research) discuss the religious and spiritual impact of the Center’s world-leading research into this unexpected sidelight of psychedelic clinical research. Look out atheists!

Week 3 — Elders & Youngers — A psychedelic Who’s Who

Pioneering psychedelic research wasn’t limited to Europe and the US. On the prairie province of Saskatchewan, Humphry Osmond (famous for “To fathom hell or soar angelic, just take a pinch of psychedelic”) lead a team in early researchers in the treatment of alcoholism with treatment sessions exactly contrary to what they expected. In the movie Hofmann’s Potion, we’ll also see Albert enjoying a nature walk, meet Myron Stolaroff, Duncan Blewett, Laura Huxley, and other intrepid explorers.  The ghost of Al Hubbard lurks in the background. This week involves both screening vintage footage, as well as discussion and Q&A with Thomas Roberts.

Week 4 — The Four Stages of the Psychedelic Renaissance 

1) Medicines, 2) entheogens, 3) ideagens, 4) mind design


March 9
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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