Fear and Loathing in New Religious Movements

I find it useful to think with Hunter S. Thompson about a few things, especially fear, loathing, and drugs. This seems instructive for thinking about the status of psychedelics in New Religious Movements (NRMs). I’m interested in thinking about different kinds of fear and loathing that are experienced by practitioners of New Religious Movements who useContinue reading “Fear and Loathing in New Religious Movements”

Joyous Cosmology: Chemistry of Consciousness

I spent the day re-reading a classic Alan Watts book, The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Vintage Books, 1965).  Basically, the book is a retrospective summary account of his experiences with psychedelic drugs (e.g., LSD, mescaline, psilocybin).  It could be described as his version of Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception.  Indeed, Watts justifies writingContinue reading “Joyous Cosmology: Chemistry of Consciousness”

History of LSD Comic Strip

Cognitive Liberty UK posted an excellent comic stip on the history of LSD HERE.  Here’s a link directly to the comic: http://phocks.org/stumble/lsd-history-comic Comics are an effective way to disseminate truth, especially about a controversial topic like psychedelic drugs.  Like the saying goes (from Chaplin? Shaw?  Wilde?): “If you’re going to tell people the truth, youContinue reading “History of LSD Comic Strip”

Psychedelic Apocalypticism

Psychedelic drugs play a significant role in many religious traditions, including ancient and indigenous religions as well as new religious movements, such as those of New Age communities and forms of Earth-based spirituality.  Due to some widespread sociopolitical biases that became prominent during the 1960s, psychedelics are understudied in religious studies and other fields ofContinue reading “Psychedelic Apocalypticism”