What does the future hold for humanity, and can psychedelics help take us there?
• Shares insights from the author’s discussions with Terence McKenna, Edgar Mitchell, Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra, Candace Pert, and others
• Investigates the role of psychedelics in lucid dreaming, sex and pleasure enhancement, morphic field theory, the survival of consciousness, encounters with nonhuman beings, and the interface between science and spirituality
For as long as humanity has existed, we have used psychedelics to raise our levels of consciousness and seek healing--first in the form of visionary plants such as cannabis and now with the addition of human-created psychedelics such as LSD and MDMA. These substances have inspired spiritual awakenings, artistic and literary works, technological and scientific innovation, and even political revolutions. But what does the future hold for humanity--and can psychedelics help take us there?
Sharing insights from his discussions with luminaries such as Terence McKenna, Edgar Mitchell, Candace Pert, Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Jerry Garcia, Albert Hofmann, Annie Sprinkle, and Rupert Sheldrake, author David Jay Brown explores the revelations brought about through his psychedelic experiences and his work with visionaries of the psychedelic and scientific communities. He investigates the role of psychedelics in lucid dreaming, time travel, sex and pleasure enhancement, morphic field theory, the survival of consciousness after death, encounters with nonhuman beings, and the interface between science and spirituality. Examining the ability of psychedelic drugs to incite creativity, neurogenesis, and the evolution of consciousness, he explains that they are messengers from the plant world designed to help elevate our awareness and sense of interconnectedness.
Revealing not only what psychedelics can teach us about ourselves and the world around us, Brown also shows how they are preparing humanity for a future of enlightened minds and worlds beyond our solar system.
David Jay Brown holds a master’s degree in psychobiology from New York University. A former neuroscience researcher at the University of Southern California, he has written for Wired, Discover, and Scientific American, and his news stories have appeared on The Huffington Post and CBS News. A frequent guest editor of the MAPS Bulletin, he is the author of several books including Mavericks of the Mind and Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse. He lives in Ben Lomond, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction Awakening from My Slumber and Recognizing My Preprogrammed Robotic Nature
1 Head West and Get High, Young Man
2 Confronting the Mysteries of Science
3 The Future Evolution of the Human Species
4 Approaching the Singularity
5 Models of the Mind and Interpreting Psychedelic Experiences
6 The Psychobiology of Gods and Goddesses
7 Exploring the Synergistic World of Sex on Drugs
8 What Happens to Consciousness after Death?
9 How Have Psychedelics Affected Human Culture?
Appendix 1 Transcending the Medical Frontiers: Exploring the Future of Psychedelic Drug Research
Appendix 2 The Man Behind Mavericks of the Mind: An Interview with David Jay Brown by Ian Koslow from Time-Peace
Appendix 3 Altered Statesman: An Interview with David Jay Brown by Damon Orion from Good Times
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