Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics / Edition 1

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Interviews with fourteen pioneers in psychedelic research.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…[Walsh and Grob] present a very interesting account of the ‘other side of the arguments’ which led to the banning of these drugs.” — Scientific & Medical Network Review

“Higher Wisdom … offers a folksy oral history of the early days of LSD and the great awakening to the Western sensibility of holotropic (‘moving toward wholeness’) states.” — Shaman’s Drum

“This is a very rich array of culture history that details the conflicts connected with the 1960s and the use, both in research and by the general public, of LSD and other substances that subsequently have landed on the Schedule 1 list of illegal drugs … The researchers speak with one voice, although each has a different bit of history of the psychedelic movement to chronicle, because of their own past experiences and activities … The materials presented to the reader distill anecdotes, irreplaceable knowledge, and hard-won wisdom, culminating a half century of research.” — PsycCRITIQUES

“This is an important book, not only as a valuable historical document, but as a reminder of the remarkable promise and peril of what are broadly called psychedelics. The fact is—apart from all the government oppression at one end to the hippie hype at the other—psychedelics are a profound doorway into areas of the psyche rarely glimpsed otherwise, and thus, at the very least, are important psychological research tools. However, because the oppressive side of the argument has generally won the day, accounts such as those contained in this book are not only invaluable historical records, but reminders of the importance of individual freedom of choice as well.” — Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791465189
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Walsh, MD is Professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. His writing and research have received more than two dozen national awards and his books include Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind; The Spirit of Shamanism; and (with Frances Vaughan) Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision.

Charles S. Grob, MD is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Grob is the editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader and is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, which is devoted to fostering and funding research on psychedelics.

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Table of Contents


Preface: Psychedelics and the Western World: A Fateful Marriage
Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob

Introduction: The High Road: History and Hysteria
Charles S. Grob and Gary Bravo

Research: Consciousness, Creativity, and Chemistry

1. Transpersonal Transitions: The Higher Reaches of Psyche and Psychology
James Fadiman

2. From Molecules to Mystery: Psychedelic Science, the Natural World, and Beyond
Albert Hofmann

3. How Much Can People Change?
Myron Stolaroff

4. Frontiers of Pharmacology: Chemistry and Consciousness
Alexander T. “Sasha” Shulgin and Ann Shulgin

Psychotherapy: Personal and Transpersonal

5. The Birth and Death of Psychedelic Therapy
Betty Eisner

6. Treating the Untreatable
Gary Fisher

7. The Great Awakening: Psychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality in LSD Psychotherapy
Stanislav Grof

Culture and Consciousness

8. Ancient Altered States
Peter T. Furst

9. Tribal Wisdom: The Shamanic Path
Michael Harner

10. More Recipes for Living and Loving
Laura Archera Huxley

Religious Implications: Psyche, Soul, and Spirit

11. Transcending Religious Boundaries
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

12. Walking the Path: Psychedelics and Beyond
Ram Dass

13. Do Drugs Have Religious Import? A Forty Year Follow-Up
Huston Smith

14.Conclusion: What Did They Learn and What Can We Learn From Them?
Roger Walsh & Charles S. Grob

List of Contributors
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