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bc15The UK’s largest conference on psychedelic consciousness, Breaking Convention, debuted at the University of Kent in 2011 to an audience of 500 delegates. The three-day event hosted eighty talks, in addition to workshops, music and psychedelic cinema. Breaking Convention returned two years later at the University of Greenwich with twice the number of presenters, and with tickets sold in forty countries. This anthology represents some of the most thought-provoking ideas addressed at Breaking Convention 2013.

This volume first introduces psychedelic consciousness to the reader with an selection of papers on philosophy and neuroscience. Then, with a new understanding of current models of action, the reader will be guided through the clinical uses of psychedelic substances, with a particular focus on the psychedelic amphetamine MDMA. Then, a chance to broaden our perspectives as we depart from the hospitals and the neuroscience departments and take a journey through space and time, learning about psychedelic cultures in New Guinea, Central and South America, British Free Festivals, and onwards to the ancient civilisations of India and Rome. Sailing back to the Here and Now with an analysis of psychedelic influence in Electronic music, the book takes a turn towards the mystical and explores the role of psychedelics in spirituality, death, and artistic expression.


Allan Badiner, Chiara Baldini, Alexander Beiner, Matthew Clark, Rick Doblin, Henry Dosedla, Andrew Gallimore, Sam Gandy, Oli Genn-Bash, Jack Hunter, Dave King, David Luke, Robin Mackenzie, José Eliézer Mikosz, Michael Mithoefer, Maria Papaspyrou, Andy Roberts, William Rowlandson, Deirdre Ruane, Ben Sessa, Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, Graham St. John, Julian Vayne


Blue Firth


Dave King, Cameron Adams, David Luke, Ben Sessa, Aimee Tollan


Strange Attractor Press