Naming the Ineffable
An Interview with David Luke

January 12, 2019

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode David Luke speaks with Joanna about: the 2015 Tyringham Symposium, dialogues about the visionary experiences with DMT, a naturally ocurring chemical found in both plants and animals that has historically been prepared by various cultures for ritual purposes as an entheogen; the life-transforming, spiritual potency of DMT; humbled by awe; Dennis McKenna, the ecopsychological relevance of DMT; a forgotten, larger reality; naming the ineffable; languages from other dimensions; the enigmatic presences in expanded states of consciousness; divergent thinking and cultural evolution; new ongoing research about the nature of DMT experiences; similarities and differences between near death experiences and DMT experiences.

Dr David Luke is a Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich. David’s particular interest is in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published over 100 academic papers, making him one of the leading researchers in this specialist area. David was President of the Parapsychological Association (2009-11) and has received an Early Career Research Excellence Award (2011) and won the faculty’s Inspirational Teaching award (2016) from the University of Greenwich. He is the author of “Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience”, the editor of “Ecopsychology and the Psychedelic Experience” and co-editor with Rory Spowers of “DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule” (2018), among other books.


“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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