Ecodelia: Towards A Transpersonal Ecopsychology Through Psychedelics.

Exploring interspecies interactions arising from the use of psychedelic plants this talk considers what can be learned from animism and shamanism in informing both psychology and ecology. Fusing research from parapsychology, transpersonal psychology, ecopsychology, ethnobotany and the investigation of psychedelics a perspective of transpersonal ecopsychology views plant-human interactions as meaningful, potentially transformative and sorely needed given
the current rate of manmade species extinction on Earth. Results of recent online survey of 150 psychedelic users (mostly from Breaking Convention 2015) and their experiences of eco-consciousness and resulting behavioural change are also explored.


There is ample data available to indicate that psychedelic ESP (telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition) experiences are quite prevalent. Surveys consistently indicate those reporting ESP experiences are significantly more likely to have used psychedelic substances, with more frequent use associated with a greater likelihood of an experience. With regard to controlled research on the efficacy of psychedelics to induce ESP, there have been only 17 separately published experimental projects that have been conducted, mostly in the 1950-70s. Overall, few firm conclusions can be drawn concerning the induction of genuine ESP with psychedelics from those studies because of the lack of systematically controlled experiments, although, at best, the results suggest a promising line of enquiry.

After a long hiatus research is now resuming with better methodology and this paper reports on 4 recent experiments by the author/speaker exploring precognition in controlled experiments following the ingestion of a psychedelic agent, specifically ayahuasca (N=20), 2 x San Pedro cactus (N=1: N= 14) and LSD (N=13).

David is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. He was President of the Parapsychological Association between 2009-2011 and has published more than 100 academic papers on the intersection of transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness. He has co-authored/co-edited four books on psychedelics and paranormal experience, directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the institute of Ecotechnics, and co-founded Breaking Convention.