Encounters with apparently sentient beings, through the ingestion of the naturally occurring psychedelic DMT, is reported by half of all first time users.
The question of DMT beings and plant sentience, interspecies communication, discarnate consciousness, and perhaps even dialoguing with the divine, is surely one of the most important of all research questions, and yet has never been systematically explored within the academy.
Opening up the debate, twenty researchers with an interest in DMT entities were invited to privately discuss the subject for four days at Tyringham Hall, pooling expertise from archaeology, anthropology, visual ethnography, cultural history, religious studies, theology, psychology, parapsychology, psychiatry, medicine, biology, chemistry, computational neurobiology, mathematics, physics, psychopharmacology, ethnopharmacology and neuroscience.
DMT Dialogues gives a potent distillation of the exchange of ideas of what we think we know about DMT entities from some of the leading thinkers from around the world, including: Rupert Sheldrake, Rick Strassman, Dennis McKenna, Graham Hancock, Jeremy Narby, Erik Davis, Ede Frecska, Luis Eduardo Luna, Bernard Carr, Robin Carhart-Harris, Graham St John, David Luke, Andrew Gallimore, Peter Meyer, Jill Purce, William Rowlandson, Anton Bilton, Vimal Darpan, Santha Faiia, & Cosmo Feilding-Mellen.
Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and twelve books. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by the Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland’s leading think tank. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize (1963). He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow (1963-64), before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry (1967). He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge (1967-73), where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society (1970-73), he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.
Prof Bernard Carr read mathematics as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge. For his PhD he studied the first second of the Universe, working under Stephen Hawking. He was elected to a Fellowship at Trinity in 1975 and in 1980 became a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. In 1985 he moved to Queen Mary College, University of London, where he is now Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy. He has also held Visiting Professorships at various institutes in America, Canada and Japan. His professional area of research is cosmology and relativity – with particular interest in such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. He has recently edited a book entitled Universe or Multiverse?, based on articles presented at three conferences sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. He also has a long-standing interest in the interface between science and religion, having recently contributed an article on cosmology and religion in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science.
Dr David Luke (Moderator/Curator) is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including nine books, most recently Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine (2019), DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule (2018), and Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2017).David is also director of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.
Anton Bilton is an international property entrepreneur and founder of The Raven Property Group Ltd and Sabina Estates Ltd. Outside of his working environment, Anton’s principal interest is altered states of consciousness and entheogenic plant sentience.He is co-founder of the Tyringham Initiative, a think-tank for the evolution, expansion and deeper understanding of ‘new-paradigm consciousness’.
Rory Spowers is a writer, campaigner and event curator, specialising in systems change and consciousness issues. His books include A Year in Green Tea and Tuk Tuks, covering the creation of Samakanda, an ecological learning centre in south Sri Lanka, and Rising Tides, a history of ecological thought, critically acclaimed by the UK Sunday Times, The Observer and a variety of magazines. Most recently, Rory was a Writer on Bruce Parry’s 2017 feature documentary Tawai, and since 2015 has been Creative Director of the Tyringham Initiative, a world-class think-tank for new paradigm projects and consciousness studies. Rory is also Lead Curator for Amorevore Food and Consciousness Festival and is now launching The Re-Generation in 2019, a new platform highlighting people and projects working for systemic change.