[Book Review] Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America

While many psychedelic enthusiasts claim to resonate with Buddhist insights, the overlap and interconnection between this group and formal Buddhism has not been studied extensively. This book is an attempt to fill this gap [...]

[Book Review] Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

William A. (Bill) Richards is one of the few people alive today that were involved both in the first wave of scientific research into psychedelic substances in the sixties and seventies and in the current era of psychedelics research. It is hard to imagine someone better equipped [...]

[Book Review] Therapy with Substance: Psycholytic psychotherapy in the twenty first century

In the field where psychedelics and psychotherapy overlap, there are two main schools: the school of psychedelic therapy, most popular in the United States, which aims to give people a complete mystical experience [...]

[Book review] Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (Volume 2)

After the historical accounts and analyses of the first volume, the second volume consists of a collections of essays reflecting on current research into the spiritual aspects of the psychedelic experience [...]

[Book review] Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (Volume 1)

The idea that psychoactives play a significant role in many historical and contemporary religious practices is not radically new, but the fact that their use is so widespread and that they are practically everywhere one dares to look [...]

[Book review] Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere (In Vivo)

In his book ‘Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere (In Vivo)’, Penn State English professor Richard Doyle weaves an intricate argument that challenges some of our scientific presuppositions, [...]

[Book review] Entheogens, Society & Law – Towards a Politics of Consciousness, Autonomy & Responsibility

Psychoactive substances are strongly intertwined with society. They produce highly subjective effects, and are simultaneously highly politicized. Likewise, the cultural and [...]

[Book review] Xenolinguistics – Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness

Psychedelic research always in some way evokes what David Chalmers has called the “hard problem of consciousness”. How does experience arise from physical activity in the brain and, to apply this problem to psychedelics, how does the alteration of the chemistry […]

[Book review] A Different Medicine, Postcolonial Healing in the Native American Church

This study is the result of two years of fieldwork with the Navajo in New Mexico. The author has both an anthropological and a clinical background, and combined one year of fieldwork with work in a clinic aimed at supporting young Native Americans with a drug […]

[Book review] Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond

The editors presented this book recently at the 2014 World Ayahuasca Conference. This volume, part of the Oxford Ritual Studies series, provides us with the results of fieldwork done by a variety of anthropologists in many areas of the Amazon (Peru, Brazil and Colombia) and some areas outside […]