Monday, March 31, 2008

Altered States, Entheogens and Culture


Continuing with the theme of academic rewilding, or the process of the sciences regaining their senses, check out the Anthropology of Consciousness on Facebook.

The group is helping folks find reliable information on altered states of consciousness, shamanism, and research into psychedelics and entheogens.

A little background: the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness was created in the mid 1970s to look into the links between parapsychology and anthropology. They also were the only group of anthropologists willing to discuss Carlos Castaneda's wild and woolly influence on the discipline. Since then, they have continued to operate on the fringe of academia, presenting research into cross-cultural mystical experience, shamanism, mediumship, possession, trance and other dissociative states as well as how these ancient practices effect culture, belief systems and contemporary societies.