Friday, June 13, 2008

Thomas Roberts @ The 2008 World Psychedelic forum

Professor Emeritus of
Educational Psychology

"Psychedelic Medicine"

As presentated at the

From Psychonautica

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This is the 2nd half of the talk "psychedelic medicine" from the 2008 World Psychedelic forum, including a talk by Thomas Roberts about modern practicalities and procedures involved in creating officially approved psychedelic medicines, and a question and answer session to finish it off. Thomas Roberts talks about a corporate model of psychedelic research, including a plan for the next 10 years, the lack of public awareness about psychedelics, public apathy towards the issue, the process of getting drugs made available to the public, how to obtain funding, modern culture's addiction to money, the procedures involved in drug trials and FDA involvement in the process, getting media coverage for drug trials in particular the importance of the financial media, the approximate number of psychedelic drug users in the US and worldwide animal studies with psychedelics, the failure of the CIA's attempts to use LSD for their evil purposes and the efficacy of ibogaine comparaed to methadone for treating heroin addiction.

Thomas B. Roberts (Ph.D. Stanford) investigates mindbody states for the leads they provide for learning, cognition, intelligence, creativity, mental health, psychological processes, and abilities that may reside in them as described in his book Psychedelic Horizons. He specializes in psychedelics, particularly their entheogenic (spiritual) uses see Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion. His online archive Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments excerpts over 550 books, dissertations, and topical issues of journals. The 2-volume set Psychedelic Medicine extends this interest into health studies. He has taught Foundations of Psychedelic Studies at Northern since 1981; this is the first such catalog-listed course at a college or univeristy. He has lectured on psychedelics in Finland, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Switzer land, Mexico, and Canada and published over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews. He originated Bicycle Day

Publications Include:
  • Psychedelic Medicine: New Evidence for Hallucinogenic Substances as Treatments
  • Psychedelic Horizons: Snow White, Immune System, Multistate Mind, Enlarging Learning
  • Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion
  • Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments: An Entheogen Chrestomathy
  • (2006) Chemical Input, Religious Output — Entheogens: A Pharmatheology Sampler. Chapter in Partick McNamara (Editor) The Psychology of Religion, Vol. III of the Religion and Brain Series. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood Press.
  • (2005) From Armchair Theology to Experimental Science: Entheogenic Keys to the Doors of Experimentation. Anthropology of Consciousness, 16(1), 51-55.
  • (2004) The New Gutenberg Reformation : From Ritual to Text to Primary Religious Experience. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Oct 22-24, Kansas City Missouri.
  • (2003) Roberts, T.B. A New Relationship with our Minds - Multistate Mind, Thresholds in Education.
  • Roberts, T.B. (1999). Do enthogen-induced mystical experiences boost the immune system? Advances in Mind-Body Medicine.
  • Roberts, T. B. (2000). Academic and religious freedom in the study of the mind. In R. Forte (Ed.), Entheogens and the future of religion. San Francisco: Council on Spiritual Practices.
  • Roberts, T. B. (1994). Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Grofian interpretation. In T. Little (Ed.), Psychedelics. New York: Barricade Books.
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