Start: April 20, 2021 5 p.m.
End: April 20, 2021 6:30 p.m.

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Are Psychedelic Experiences Religious Experiences? With Dr. Hollis Phelps of Mercer University

Many have argued that we are currently living through a "psychedelic renaissance," defined by a renewed interest in the medicinal, therapeutic, and spiritual benefits of psychedelics, especially psilocybin-containing mushrooms (i.e. "hallucinogenic" or "magic" mushrooms). Referencing traditional, indigenous use of plant medicines, it is likewise assumed that psychedelic experiences can produce religious experiences. Without denying the subjective component of such experiences, Phelps argues for a critical examination of how we understand the use of psychedelics, and particularly psilocybin, in religious contexts. Rather than continuous with indigenous use, contemporary use of psychedelics as vehicles for individual, spiritual fulfillment is a modern construction. Rethinking the categories under which psychedelic research is currently practiced may open up new avenues for thinking their use and meaning.

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