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Defending Perceptual Diversity in America: Entheogens as Legitimate Contributors to Learning, Health, and Empathy

99 pagine55 minuti


This eBook is my undergraduate senior seminar paper in anthropology, with which I was awarded my Bachelor's Degree. Its presentation was well received at the 2011 Annual Conference for the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, and it is now available in the "Free Literature" section of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies website. The study regards the way in which (1) entheogens (or psychointegrators) have been used by countless cultures of the world, even stemming millennia into humanity's collective prehistory, for learning, health, empathy, and ideological advances, and (2) beyond the necessary re-scheduling of entheogens, and into their positive sanctioning for clinical and religious administration, backed by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all ethnic groups which comprise modern Americans should be able to utilize entheogens as they have been through time past (and in some cases just prior to modern immigration). In this, anthropologist play a large part.

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