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Sacred knowledge : psychedelics and religious experiences

Author: William A Richards; G William Barnard
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the early 1960s, scientists openly advocated for experimentation with psychedelics. This effort, however, quickly turned into a discredited enterprise involving recreational drug use. But what if a study of psychedelics was undertaken with trusted scientific rigor' William A. Richards does just that in Sacred Knowledge, the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Richards, William a., 1940-
Sacred knowledge.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2015
(DLC) 2015014533
(OCoLC)910664429
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William A Richards; G William Barnard
ISBN: 9780231540919 0231540914
OCLC Number: 929851463
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Foreword, by G. William Barnard --
Part I. Setting the stage. The death and rebirth of psychedelic research ; Orientation, definitions, and the limits of language ; Revelation and doubt --
Part II. Mystical and visionary forms of consciousness. Intuitive knowledge ; Approaches to unitive consciousness ; New perspectives on time and space ; visions and archetypes --
Part III. Personal and interpersonal dynamics. The interpersonal and the mystical ; Experiences of meaninglessness, despair, and somatic discomfort ; Religious conversion and psychodynamic experiences ; Discipline and integration ; Reflections on death --
Part IV. Present and future applications of entheogens ; Psychedelic frontiers in medicine ; Psychedelic frontiers in education ; Psychedelic frontiers in religion ; Maximizing the probability of safety and benefit --
Part V. Onward. Fears of awakening ; Entering into a new paradigm ; Movement into the future --
Epilogue: A concise report of insights from the frontier where science and spirituality are meeting.
Responsibility: William A. Richards ; foreword by G. William Barnard.

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