Fantastic recent (October 2014) presentation by Graham Hancock on the history of psychedelics, their demonization in modern society and his perspectives on ayahuasca.
“Psychedelics and Civilisation, Light and Darkness”
Graham Hancock investigates the possibility that by demonising and criminalising the use of psychedelics, rather than seeking out ways to harness their power for altering consciousness in safe and nurturing spaces, our society may have set itself on a profoundly negative path — a path that might even deny us the next step in our own evolution as a species.
Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum that examines the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and spirituality. Website: HorizonsNYC.org
Biography: Graham Hancock’s books on shamanism and altered states of consciousness, and on the possibility of a forgotten episode in human history, have been creating controversy for nearly quarter of a century. In February 2014 he was ranked number 30 on the Watkins List of 100 most spiritually influential people.