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Friday, 21 March
The Psychedelic Experience:
Opening the Doors of Perception

 07.30   Opening of the Registration Desk

08.15 – 08.45 Room Singapore Tune In 
Akasha Project
The Tuning of the LSD-25 Molecule
Akasha Project plays live the LSD-25 molecule’s octave analogous frequencies and rhythms measured within the ultraviolet spectrum.
No entrance after the beginning!

09.00 – 10.30 Room San Francisco Panorama 

The Psychedelic Experience:
The Doors of Perception

Simultaneous translation Ger/Eng and Eng/Ger
Moderation: Lucius Werthmüller

Dieter A. Hagenbach: Address of Welcome and Opening
Albert Hofmann shares his thoughts on: Consciousness Change as the Key for a Better World
Thomas B. Roberts: Rising Researchers – A Look at
Tomorrow‘s Research and Researchers Today
Stanislav Grof: The Roots of Human Violence and Greed: Observations from Psychedelic Research
Ralph Metzner: The Harvard Psilocybin Studies 1961-63
Rick Doblin: The Good Friday Experiment: A Follow-Up
and Methodological Critique
Carolyn Garcia: On the Bus in America:
Acid Tests, The Merry Pranksters, and the Grateful Dead

 10.30 – 11.00      Break

 11.00 – 12.30      Concurrent Presentations

11.00 – 12.30 Room San Francisco  
Stanislav Grof
The Roots of Human Violence and Greed:
Observations from Psychedelic Research.

(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
Since time immemorial, violence and greed have been among the most important forces driving human history. Due to technological progress and exponential population growth in the twentieth century, they have become a threat for survival of life on our planet. It has become imperative to gain a deeper understanding of the roots of these forces in the human psyche and to find ways of reducing their impact in the world.
In this lecture, we will explore the observations from psychedelic research that offer new insights into extreme forms of human violence and social pathology, such as wars, bloody revolutions, terrorism, suicide bombing, concentration camps, and genocide. In a series of slides, we will demonstrate the astonishing similarities between the symbolism of posters and cartoons from the time of wars and the visions accompanying the reliving of birth and the experience of psychospiritual death and rebirth.

11.00 – 11.40 Room Montreal  
Jan Christoph Bublitz
Psychotropics Beyond Therapy:
The Enhancement of Humans and its Neuroethical Challenges in a (Brave) New World

(German, without translation)
With the advent of pharmaceutical neuroenhancements as Ritalin, Modafinil, Prozac and other "lifestyle" drugs, the non-therapeutical (ab-)use of psychotropics is reconsidered by ethic commissions, politicians and philosophers worldwide. In the near future, substance use might be common in everyday life in order to increase alertness and working efficiency or just to feel "better than well". Enthusiastically embraced as a step towards transhumanism by some, others fear the loss of authenticity, growing inequalities or political quietism in a world of mind-doping and synthetic happiness. Mapping the field in the current debate, some of the crucial ethical issues are explored in the hope to bridge the gap between theoretical discourse and the experiences of the psychedelic community, which have not (yet) been paid the attention they may deserve.

11.50 – 12.30 Room Montreal  
Wulf Mirko Weinreich
The Psychedelic Experience within
the Integral Model of Consciousness

(German, without translation)
Psychologist and author of the book Integrale Psychotherapie introduces Ken Wilber's model of consciousness and its most important structural elements. With it, the directions of the effects of different psychoactive substances can be revealed. It further enables a detailed interpretation of psychedelic experiences as well as an accurate determination of their relation to spiritual insights and mental illnesses. Finally, Wulf Mirko Weinreich will explain what fields psychedelic research must consider to be genuinely comprehensive in the integral sense.

11.00 – 12.30 Room Sydney  
Carolyn Garcia
On the Bus in America:
Acid Tests, The Merry Pranksters, and the Grateful Dead

(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
In 1965, a group of young writers and artists began a series of parties and happenings to explore the new regions of mind accessed with LSD. Named The Merry Pranksters, they created a new type of gathering where boundaries between audience and performers disappeared and all participated in a new consciousness. On the brilliantly painted bus "Furthur", they traveled across North America and Mexico, surprising all who encountered them. Their "Acid Tests" were transformational, leading to psychedelic revolution in the US. Evolving music of Grateful Dead from Acid Tests to today illuminates cultural change in music with 40 years of joyous innovation.

11.00 – 12.30 Room Singapore  
Developing LSD, Psilocybin and other Psychedelics
into Legal Prescription Medicines

(English, without translation)
Rick Doblin, founder and president of the Multidisciplinary
Association for Psychedelic Studies introduces all the speakers who will give a presentation during the MAPS seminars.
Rick Doblin: Non-Profit Drug Development: The Vision
Michael and Annie Mithoefer: MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Therapeutic Process and Preliminary Results from US Study
Sameet Kumar: Psilocybin-assisted Psychotherapy to Reduce Anxiety in People with Advanced Melanoma

11.00 – 12.30 Room Samarkand  
"Rising Researchers" I
Introduction and Moderation: Thomas B. Roberts
(English, without translation)
Jonathan Hobbs: Political Pressure:
The Role of Psyche-delics in Medicine
Yiannis Ferras: A qualitative Study of Drug Experiences
among young non-problematic Users
Ingmar Gorman and Petr Winkler: A 40-Year Follow-up on
LSD Research conducted in former Czechoslovakia: The Psychiatrists Perspective
Alicia Danforth: A Case History of a 54-Year-old Woman
treated with Psilocybin for cancer-related Anxiety
Alexander Belser: Prisons, Drugs, and Altered States: Toward
a criminological Framework for the Drug-Crime Nexus
R. Andrew Sewell: Response of Cluster Headache to
Lysergic Acid Amide

 12.30 – 14.00      Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30 Room San Francisco Panorama 

The Psychedelic Experience:
The Doors of Perception

Simultaneous translation Ger/Eng and Eng/Ger
Moderation: Lucius Werthmüller

Amanda Feilding: Expanded Consciousness and its Importance to Survival
Peter Gasser: LSD-assisted Psychotherapy: A New Study in
Dennis McKenna: Psychedelics in Basic Neuroscience and
Clinical Practice
Matthias Bröckers: LSD and SDS? Sex, Drugs, Politics –
40 Years after the Cultural Revolution of 1968
Cynthia Palmer: "Sheshamans": A History of Women and
Michael Horowitz: The Revolving Doors of Perception:
Deconstructing the Myths and Ambiguities of the Psychedelic Zeitgeist

 15.30 – 16.15      Break

 16.15 – 17.45      Concurrent Presentations

16.15 – 17.45 San Francisco  
Alex Grey
Contemporary Visionary Culture
(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
Worldwide there is a movement of art and culture inspired by entheogens. Festivals and rock concerts give sanctuary to tens of thousands taking psychedelics and celebrating tribal unity. Alex Grey offers an illustrated view of current and future trends in contemporary entheo art and gatherings born of the alchemical crucible.

16.15 – 17.45 Room Montreal  
Panel Discussion
The Birth of the Psychedelic Movement:
A Look Back at Another America

With Carolyn Garcia, Ralph Metzner, Cynthia Palmer, Michael Horowitz, Moderation: Dale Pendell
(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
The term "psychedelic" was coined in 1956 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, in a now-famous exchange with writer Aldous Huxley, who both recognized the potential of these "new" kind of psychoactive substances for self-awareness and to expand consciousness, in an age of nuclqar proliferation and Cold War confrontations.
But it was American exponents, like Harvard scholars Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, novelist Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters, with their legendary Acid Tests, acid rock bands like The Grateful Dead, and underground LSD chemists exemplified by Owsley who, with other countercultural activists and artists, enabled a Psychedelic Revolution in the U.S. The youth movement, culminating at the "Summer of Love" in 1967, and perhaps best expressed by the slogans All You Need is Love and Make Love Not War, quickly spread to Western Europe and all over the world.
Contemporary witnesses recount the origins, expectations and experiences to describe this time of cultural, political, and social changes.

16.15 – 17.45 Room Sydney  
Thomas B. Roberts and Michael Winkelman
Psychedelic Medicine
(English, without translation)
The continued developments in the clinical applications of psychointegrators have provided a basis for determining their best uses and validated their efficacy in treating critical conditions including PTSD, cluster headaches, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, end of life existential crises and a variety of addictions. How do we move these clinical and laboratory findings into the cultural mainstream?
By organizing constituencies, education via media and university courses, religious orders and guilds, and recruiting the financial community by founding a company to provide psychedelic therapy and mind enhancement services.

16.15 – 17.45 Room Singapore  
Swiss Psychedelic Pilot Studies:
Beginning Anew Where LSD Began

(English, without translation)
Rick Doblin: Past (1988-1993) SAEPT LSD/MDMA Therapy, Present Phase 2 Pilot Studies, Future European Multi-site Phase 3 Trials, Presentation and Introduction
Peter Gasser: LSD-assisted Psychotherapy in Subjects with Anxiety Associated with Life-threatening Illnesses: Therapeutic Process and Preliminary Results
Peter Oehen: MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Therapeutic Process and Preliminary Results
Juray Styk: Integration in Psychedelic Therapy

16.15 – 17.45 Room Samarkand  
"Rising Researchers" II (English, without translation)
Torsten Passie, Scientific Collaborator and Psychiatrist at the Department of Clinical Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical School Hannover presents a dissertation about ayahuasca, and the following scientific research papers:
Tobias Buchhorn: LSD as experimental Antidepressant with Rats
Oliver Bosch/Torsten Passie: Neuropsychological Research with Psilocybin
Michael Melber/Torsten Passie: Nitrous oxide – a Hallucinogen? Results from a psychopharmacological Study with human Subjects
Jordi Riba: Experimental Studies with Ayahuasca with human Subjects
Kerstin Lindhorst: Neurophysiological Effects of Hallucinogens
Stefan Markert/Torsten Passie a.o.: Comparison of psychopharmacological Effects of Ketamine racemate and S-Ketamine: An experimental Study with human Subjects
Anya Loizaga-Velder presents her paper about Ayahuasca Healing Rituals in Addiction Therapy
Simon D. Brandt: The analytical Chemistry of synthetic Routes
to hallucinogenic Tryptaminesrch on long-term outcomes of ibogaine-assisted therapy in the treatment of opiate dependance.

 17.45 – 18.30      Break

 18.30 – 20.00      Concurrent Presentations

18.30 – 19.10 Room San Francisco  
Matthias Bröckers
LSD and Inspiration:
Inventions, Discoveries and Nobel Prizes

(German, without translation)
Without the soul-opening stimulus of psychedelics, not only would many of the social, cultural and ecological advances taken for granted today be absent from our lives, but also quite a few inventions and discoveries. The investigative journalist and author Matthias Bröckers presents a fascinating and insightful overview of many known and unknown facts behind mainstream media and opinion.

19.20 – 20.00 Room San Francisco  
Christian Rätsch
Psychedelic Music in the Third Millennium
(German, without translation)
What is the nature and the delicacy of psychedelic music? What are its roots? What is it meant to bring about for the listener, does it work, and how? With audio samples of classical and popular music, the well-known ethnologist and music lover will go to the bottom of these and other questions and issues around psychedelic music for our times.

18.30 – 19.10 Room Montreal  
Dennis McKenna
Psychedelics in Basic Neuroscience and Clinical Practice
(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
The potential of psychedelics as research tools in basic neuroscience and in therapeutic applications in clinical practice is being investigated more vigorously than at anytime in the last 35 years. As a result of these recent studies, psychedelics are regaining recognition as research tools in neuroscience, for example in brain-imaging, and as molecular probes in elucidating the neurochemical substrates of consciousness, perception, and transpersonal experiences. On the clinical side, psychedelics are being investigated for their potential therapeutic utility in the alleviation of anxiety and depression in the terminally ill, in the treatment of PTSD, and in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, among others. This presentation will summarize significant studies, highlighting research conducted by investigators affiliated with or partially funded by the Heffter Research Institute (www.heffter.org).

19.20 – 20.00 Room Montreal  
Dennis McKenna
Bitter Brews and Other Abominations: The Uses and Abuses of some little known psychoactive Agents.
(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
Most of us are familiar with the well-known hallucinogenic plants that form the basis of shamanic practices throughout the world. Psychedelics such as peyote cactus, psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and DMT-containing snuffs all have long traditions of indigenous use. But many people may not realize that the natural world is permeated with psychotropic chemistry. There exists a plethora of more obscure psychoactive plants, fungi and animals that are used and valued by indigenous peoples for their psychotropic effects, and their utility in shamanic healing practices. This seminar will provide a quick overview of some of these little known psychotropic substances, and will discuss their uses in the context of ethnomedicine, as well as their botany, chemistry, and pharmacology, to the extent that they are known. The potential medical and research applications of these obscure and overlooked materials will also be discussed.

18.30 – 19.10 Room Sydney  

Cynthia Palmer
An Illustrated History of Women and Psychedelics

(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
From the goddesses of myth and antiquity to 21st century curanderas and counterculture adventurers, woman and sacred plants have been intimately linked. Through the literature of women from dramatically different backgrounds and experience, the feminine perspective on drug-altered consciousness connects icons like Cleopatra, Maria Sabina, Laura Huxley and Grace Slick and reveals a psychedelic sisterhood that is ever-present.

19.20 – 20.00 Room Singapore  
Michael Horowitz
The Revolving Doors of Perception: Deconstructing the Myths and Ambiguities of the Psychedelic Zeitgeist
(English, simultaneous translation Eng/Ger)
Psychedelic experiences encourage us to see our personal and collective history in mythic terms, and to view these events from a multitude of perspectives. From this standpoint we will review some of the most notable occurences and beliefs in the 65 years since the discovery of LSD.

18.30 – 19.10 Room Singapore  
Valerie Mojeiko
Kicking the Habit with Psychedelics:
Ibogaine in the Treatment of Opiate Addiction

(English, without translation)
Thousands of people have used ibogaine to help break the cycle of drug addiction. Underground clinics are popping up all over the world. Studies have proven its effectiveness in the short-term. MAPS is now sponsoring a follow-up study to determine its long-term effectiveness. In this seminar the MAPS Director of Operations and Clinical Research Associate will summarize previous research on ibogaine, current treatment methods and the protocol for MAPS current research on long-term outcomes of ibogaine-assisted therapy in the treatment of opiate dependance.

19.20 – 20.00 Room Singapore  
Amanda Feilding / The Beckley Foundation
Expanded Consciousness and its Importance to Survival
(English, without translation)
The Beckley Foundation is dedicated to the interdisciplinary investigation of consciousness and its altered states, and how the knowledge produced by this research can be used to benefit the wellbeing and creative potential of our species.
Beckley’s current projects include: first fully approved research with LSD and human subjects; investigating the neural and physiological correlates underlying the benefits of cannabis; research into the neural correlates of Higher
States of Consciousness and bio-feedback devices to enable novice meditators to achieve these higher states; investigation into changes in cerebral fluid dynamics in the aging process, and how such detrimental changes might be counteracted; investigation into LSD as a palliative treatment for the dying, enhancer of the mystical experience plus the possible beneficial use of micro-doses of LSD to improve cerebral circulation. In a scientific age, we require scientific explanations to bring about a change in the zeitgeist.

18.30 – 20.00 Room Samarkand  

"Rising Researchers" III (English, without translation)
Moderation: Thomas B. Roberts
Sameet Kumar: Psilocybin-assisted Psychotherapy in
the Management of Anxiety associated with Stage IV Melanoma
Jeffrey R. Guss and Stephen Ross: Psychedelics and Psychiatry
David Luke (Co-Author Marios Kittenis): Psychedelics,
Parapsychology and exceptional Human Experiences
Gurpreet S. Chopra: Psychedelic Use and Misuse:
A contemporary Perspective on how Psychedelics may be used safely
Michael Alan Ruderman: A Kappa Opioid Model of Altered
Consciousness: Effects of U50488, DOI, and AC90179 on Exploration and Prepulse Inhibition in Mice
Matthew Baggott: Psychedelic Experience and Perception: Clinical Studies with MDMA and other Psychedelics


7th March 2008 • Subject to Alterations

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