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Telepathine (ayahuasca) and psychic ability: field research in South America

Telepathine (ayahuasca) and psychic ability: field research in South America

Luke, David ORCID: 0000-0003-2141-2453 (2009) Telepathine (ayahuasca) and psychic ability: field research in South America. In: British Psychological Society (BPS) Transpersonal Psychology Section 13th Annual Conference, 18-21 Sep 2009, Scarborough, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Amazonian sacramental decoction, ayahuasca, has been used traditionally for several millennia, apparently, for the explicit purposes of accessing altered states conducive to clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy, out-of-body travel, psychic diagnosis, psychic healing, and spirit communication. The psychoactive molecules known to be present within the brew, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and the harmala alkaloids, are also present in the pineal gland of the human brain and are speculated to play an active role in dreaming. Furthermore, it has been speculated that these endogenous neurochemicals also play a primary neurological role in the occurrence of spontaneous psi phenomena. However, although the anthropological and anecdotal evidence for this hypothesis is good, the experimental evidence to date is scant, poorly controlled, and inconclusive. This paper reports on the preliminary findings of field research testing precognition ability with people under the influence of ayahuasca in Brazil and Ecuador and discusses the implications for transpersonal psychology.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Transpersonal Psychology Section 13th Annual Conference held from 18-21 September 2009 in Scarborough, UK. The paper was given on 20 September 2009. A film entitled "Other Worlds": A recent documentary, featuring interviews with shamans and scientists working with ayahuasca was shown after his paper within the same session,
Uncontrolled Keywords: psi, precognition, ayahuasca
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3908

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