More Food For Thought From Breaking Convention

Edited by Nikki Wyrd, David Luke, Aimée Tollan, Cameron Adams and Dave King

Essays from the cutting edge of psychedelic research, from Breaking Convention 2017.

Distributed for Strange Attractor Press




Essays from the cutting edge of psychedelic research, from Breaking Convention 2017.

Psychedelicacies offers twenty-two essays from the cutting edge of psychedelic research, based on talks given at Breaking Convention 2017, the largest symposium of its kind. Occurring biennially and featuring more than 120 academic presentations, Breaking Convention is widely regarded as the foremost global platform for serious research into psychedelic science and culture.

Within these pages are essays on philosophy (including Aristotle, Plato and Nietzsche) and epistemology; ways of learning; systemic hierarchy; the development of comedy, counterculture, and postmodernism in the twentieth century; and psychedelic literature. There are accounts of ketamine clinics, dreaming, days spent in total darkness, and the effects of a room devoid of sound; and discussions of poetry: Ginsberg, Blake, and Wordsworth; the history of metaphorical speaking; and the way poetic speech changes consciousness. Other chapters cover the shadow side of ayahuasca retreats, the useful role of ceremonial practices, how psychedelics are being used in end-of-life therapy, and the concept of the imaginal.


Tim Hardwick, Matthew Clark, Christopher Letheby, Lindsay Jordan, Nadia VE, Niklas Serning, Oli Genn-Bash, Eli Lee and Nina Lyon, Luke Goaman-Dodson, Michael Montagne, Tharcila Chaves, Josie Malinowski et al, Regina Hess, David Luke et al, George Erving, Luke Walker, Sam Knot, Eric Maddern, Elizabeth Joyce, Julian Vayne, Sam Gandy, William Rowlandson


$21.95 T ISBN: 9781907222887 320 pp. | 6 in x 8.5 in


Nikki Wyrd

David Luke

David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. He is coeditor of Neurotransmissions: Psychedelic Essays from Breaking Convention (Strange Attractor), Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds, and Breaking Convention: Essays in Psychedelic Consciousness (Strange Attractor); editor of Ecopsychology and the Psychedelic Experience; and coauthor of the textbook Anomalistic Psychology. He is director of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.

Aimée Tollan

Cameron Adams

Dave King