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Dec 23, 2005 at 07:10 PM
By Jeronimo Miller in Vancouver
Your correspondent on the frontiers of high-consciousness party time

I'll bet you can't guess what's happening this 13th to 15th of January in Basel, Switzerland?  The whole town's taking a giant acid trip when they celebrate the 100th birthday of Albert Hofmann, the man who accidentally discovered LSD-025 on April 19, 1943 three months after the fall of Stalingrad and the turning point of WWII.    The International Symposium on the Occasion of the 100th Birthday of Albert Hofmann is called The Spirit of Basel LSD, Problem Child and Wonder Drug.

Hey, kids, not only is acid still generating a lot of research, and not only is it being celebrated in the town of its birth by luminaries of the world psychedelic community, BUT THE GUY WHO DISCOVERED IT IS STILL ALIVE AT 100! Doesn't that just trip you right out?    

My friend Peter Webster is a speaker at the conference and is delivering a presentation entitled The First Supper, which recreates the world of earlier human beings (150,000-70,000 BCE, and on the verge of extinction), suggests how in their desperate search for food they could have eaten the forbidden fruit, experienced a heightened level of consciousness and, in the words of Huxley, saw the significance of things. As a consequence of this new light, human beings saw more clearly and rapidly outpaced their competitors for dominance amongst earth's creatures.  Peter supports his theory with many recent scientific revelations.  In fact, a DVD of this very presentation was played last summer in the hall.  An embellished version of that lecture is what Peter will present to the World Body of LSD Researchers in Basel.    They're not expecting Pat Robertson to show up.
Here's what The World Body has to say: On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Dr. Albert Hofmann on January 2006, the Gaia Media Foundation stages an International Symposium on the most widely known and most controversial discovery of this outstanding scientist.

LSD three letters that changed the world.  Since 19 April 1943, the day Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovered this psychoactive substance, millions of people all over the world have experienced a higher reality with profound and psychological insights and spiritual renewal, created innovative social transformation, music, art and fashion; were healed from addiction and depression, experienced enlightened insights into the human consciousness. Some 60 years later experts will present an in-depth review of all aspects of this unique phenomenon, informing and discussing history, experiences, implications, assess the risks and benefits of this most potent of all psychoactive substances.   LSD  a challenge in the past, and in the future.

Each day will begin with a meditative ëTune-in'.  Afterwards, as well as in the early afternoons, the plenary events will be presented as a ëPanorama':  with short talks and panel discussions a chairperson and several speakers will illustrate the day's topic in order to give the audience reference points for easy navigation through the dense symposium program  In addition, our supporting program in the Convention Center's big lobby offers ample opportunity to meet famous scientists, therapists, and witnesses of the times, to discuss with them and to ask questions.

A greatly truncated review of topics include:
Friday:  The Witches of Salem: Ergot's Remedy and Devil's Poison /  Writers and Drugs: From Charles Baudelaire to Aldous Huxley / LSD and the Eleusinian Mysteries: Retracing the Sacred Road / The Relatives of LSD: Ololiuqui and Ayahuasca / LSD Research and Psychotherapy in the 1950s / Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds: Psychedelic Movement of the 60s / LSD and the Mass Media / The Empire Strikes Back: The Demonizing of LSD and the Suppression of Research / From the Grateful Dead to Jimi Hendrix: LSD and Counterculture / Joyous Cosmology: Alan Watts and Timothy Leary.

Saturday: LSD in Design and Fashion /  LSD in Art and Music / The Necessity For Transcendance / The Right to Get High / Techniques of Altering Consciousness / LSD and Meditation / Neo-Shamanism / The Global Techno, Rave and Trance Rituals.Sunday: The Meaning of the Psychedelic Experience /  The New Rituals: LSD as a Sacred Substance / The Future of Religion; Dogma or Transcendental Experience / Brave New World or Island.

GAIA MEDIA FOUNDATION    Established in Basel in 1993, the Gaia Media Foundation is a non-profit organization, which conveys a holistic and up to date understanding of the potential of the human consciousness.  It advocates the firm belief that the ability and desire to achieve transcendence is inherent in man, and that expanded states of consciousness shed light upon the knowledge of the laws of life, of nature, of the universe, and of Gaia.  It equally respects the knowledge and the experiences of ancient cultures, of modern science, and of spiritual traditions without committing itself to a particular view or direction.  An awareness corresponding to universals laws not only guarantees man the surviving, but also allows a symbiotic and hedonistic existence on Gaia, our home planet.

Among the more well known speakers and attendees are the following:

Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Albert Hofmann  chemist, discoverer of LSD

Stephen Abrams  director of Soma Research Association & Avalon Botanicals

Eric Burdon  Composer, Musician, The Animals

John Dunbar  Artist, Co-founder of Indica Gallery, London, meeting place of Beats,Pop and Rock Stars in the 60's

Dr. Charles S. Grob, MD  Psychedelic Researcher, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Editor of Hallucinogens

Dr. Stanislav Grof, PhD  Psychiatrist, Founder and President of the International Transpersonal Association, Developer of Holotropic Breath Work

Christina Grof  Psychotherapist, Artist, Founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network

Dr. John Halpern, MD  Associate Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research at Harvard's McLean Hospital

Michael Horowitz  Co-director of the former Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library Publicist, Editor of Aldous Huxley's Moksha

Martin A Lee  Journalist, Author of Acid Dreams

Mark McCloud  Art Historian, Collector of Blotter and other Psychedelic Art

Dr. Ralph Metzner, PhD  Consciousness Researcher and Psychotherapist, Pioneer of Psychedelic Research at Harvard, Co-author (with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert) of The Psychedelic Experience

Dr. Christian Raetsch, PhD  Anthropologist, Ethnopharmacologist, Author of Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants

Prof. Dr. Carl P. Ruck, PhD  Mythologist, Co-author (with A Hofmann, R.G.Wasson) of Road to Eleusis

Barnim Schultze  Composer, Musician, Akasha Project

Dr. Andrew Sewell, MD  Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, studies for treating cluster headache patients with LSD

Dr. Alexander T. Shulgin, PhD  Pharmacologist, Chemist, synthesized more than 500 psychoactive substances

Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Rolf Verres, MD  Specialist for Psychotherapeutical Medicine, Director of the Institute of  Medical Psychology at the Centre for Psychosocial Medicine at the University Clinic Heidelberg

Dr. Franz X. Vollenweider, MD  Consciousness Researcher, Psychotherapist at the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich

Peter Webster  Chemist, consciousness researcher.  Friend of Jeronimo Miller

Dr. Carlo Zumstein, PhD  Shaman, Psychotherapist, Founder and Director of the Foundation for Living Shamanism and Spirituality

Jens Zygar  Composer, Musician, Star Sound Orchestra.

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