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GRAHAM ST JOHN PhD
Cultural Anthropologist

Graham St John, PhD, is an Australian cultural anthropologist specialising in event-cultural movements and entheogens. Among his eight books are Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (North Atlantic Books 2015), and Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance (Equinox 2012). He is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Dept of Social Science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, for the SNSF project Burning Progeny: The European Efflorescence of Burning Man and Executive Editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. His website is: www.edgecentral.net.
 

ABSTRACT: THE PINEAL ENIGMA: THE DAZZLING LIFE AND TIMES
OF THE “DMT GLAND”


While even Dr Gonzo wouldn’t touch “extract of pineal,” the same could not be said for Dr Strassman. This presentation explores the enigmatical career of the pineal gland subsequent to clinical psychiatrist Rick Strassman’s trials with DMT conducted at the University of New Mexico in the early 1990s. Strassman’s idea, documented in his book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, that the DMT-producing “spirit gland” is “the intermediary between the physical and the spiritual” would form apologia for diverse spiritual and religious practices, “new paradigm” science, and inspire horror movie scripts. The presentation navigates this terrain.