SAM GANDY

Psychedelic Biophilia: From Egoism to Ecoism

Nature connectedness is correlated with a reduction in anxiety and elevated personal wellbeing. In a recently published study, it was found that population level lifetime experience with classical psychedelics (as opposed to other consumed substances) was found to strongly predict self-reported engagement with pro-environmental behaviours through an increase in nature connection. This suggests that psychedelic usage may have significant benefits to offer at both the individual and societal level. What if rather than vilifying these compounds, we held them in the same high regard as some indigenous groups do?

Sam has a PhD in ecological science from the University of Aberdeen and an MRes in entomology from Imperial College London. He has a lifelong interest in nature and wildlife and has been fortunate enough to conduct field research in various parts of the world including the UK, Kefalonia, Almeria, Texas, the Peruvian Amazon, Vietnam and Ethiopia.

At the present time, he finds himself on the cutting edge of psychedelic research, working as Scientific Assistant to the Director of the Beckley Foundation, and as a collaborator with the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London. He has written papers, book chapters, articles and spoken at conferences and festivals on psychedelics and he is fascinated by their potential to benefit human lives. Sam has a particular interest in the intersection of two of his big passions…nature and psychedelics…and how psychedelics have the potential to reconnect our increasingly disconnected species to the natural world, for the betterment of humanity and the biosphere at large.