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April 17, 2014

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Hi Robert,

I am guessing you will be attending this study day? If so, would you do a write-up, or perhaps short interviews with the speakers like you did at another SPR event? Those of us not able to attend would be enormously grateful.

Seconded!

This is almost certainly my ignorance but I've always been somewhat averse to tinkering with psychotropic drugs - I suppose I'm worried about causing permanent changes.

I haven't read the book you mention - are there many examples of objectively verifiable evidence being obtained by people under the influence?

glad you posted this robert.

my own few trips date back twenty or so years and many insights were provided (cosmological models, feelings of at-one-ness, abject horror at the absurdity of life, intense communion with nature, unspoken communication, etc).

i'm curious what you would think of rick strassman's work with DMT
http://www.rickstrassman.com/

also, much research and discourse has occurred since the masters/houston study. i'm curious what contemporary psychedelic warriors think of it nowadays.

and to repeat what i and others have commented in the past, the alliance of the psi community and the psychedelic one can only be a good thing.

Billy, though Strassman's work is an important study, the landmark study on Ayahuasca remains psychologist Benny Shanon's tome 'The Antipodes of the Mind'. Highly recommended.

Strassman wrote only on DMT which is a constituent of ayahusca. Its is the most powerful substance by weight and for experience i have ever come across - it is simple to produce from many plants foiund all over the world and is truely incredible one lungful of smoke and 10 seconds later you have travelled to a different world try and get x3 lungfuls for the complete ego loss trasportation to te land of machine elves...unexplainable experience u need to try this incredible substance

lawrence,

thanks for the tip. i'll add it to my expansive wish list.

best
billy

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