World Renowned Leaders of the Psychedelic Renaissance to speak at UMass Amherst PSYMPOSIUM 2014: The Nature of Psychedelics

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Recent years have given rise to a psychedelic renaissance, a renewed intellectual interest in psychedelics, psychoactive plants, fungi, and MDMA. PSYMPOSIUM 2014 brings together 10 researchers and experts to speak on issues relating to the role of these often misunderstood substances in culture, medicine and science. The conference will be held in the Mahar Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on April 12 & 13 and is open to the public and the Five College community.


“We’re in the midst of a Psychedelic Renaissance, and renewed interest in psychedelics underscores the need for wider discussion in academia and beyond.”

Keynote speaker Dennis McKenna, Ph.D. will present on “Plant & Human Symbiosis and the Origins of the Imagination”. Best known as the brother of contemporary philosopher and psychedelic enthusiast Terence McKenna, Dennis McKenna has more than 40 years experience studying and authoring works on hallucinogenic and medicinal plants of the Amazon. Vice Magazine journalist Hamilton Morris will be discussing the history of pharmaceutical and designer drugs along with the legal, technological, and scientific developments that have driven their evolution. Composer, ethnomusicologist and recent TED presenter Alexandre Tannous will explore the therapeutic potential of sound and conduct a “Sound Meditation” for the audience.

Join the Joe Rogan Experience podcast for a discussion with Dennis McKenna and Joshua Wickerham on Friday, March 28th at 11:00am PST about PSYMPOSIUM 2014 and the goals of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council in assuring the sustainability of sacred medicines for the future.

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