Articles By: Amanda Feilding

Amanda Feilding is the co-founder of brainwaving.com and Director of The Beckley Foundation, a charitable trust that was set up to investigate consciousness and its changing states from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through its Science Programme the Foundation initiates, develops and conducts world-class research that will improve not only our scientific understanding of consciousness, but also provide practical information to help optimize health and well being. The Foundation is working at the frontiers of the renaissance of psychedelic research. It is also undertaking pioneering research into cerebral circulation and its impact on the aging process, including possible ways to counteract some of its debilitating effects. Collaborative work initiated by the Foundation has brought about not only the first research into LSD with human participants since prohibition, but also the first explanation of the physiology underlying the beneficial effects of the ancient procedure of trepanation. In addition to the Science Programme, the Beckley Foundation conducts a Drug Policy Programme which is dedicated to providing a rigorous, independent review of global drug policy. The Foundation's overarching aim is to reduce the harms associated with both the misuse of drugs and the policies that aim to control them. To this end, the Foundation commissions reports, alongside organising international seminars which promote informed debate among leading experts from around the world on the many issues surrounding drugs. The intention of the Foundation is to help develop policies that are evidence-based and rational, rather than those that are ineffectual, due to being rooted in unsubstantiated ideology.

Is Equasy more dangerous than Ecstasy?

Is Equasy more dangerous than Ecstasy?
Prof. Dave Nutt was first launched to public fame when he claimed that horse-riding was statistically more dangerous than taking ecstasy, to which the UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith objected. He wrote this article following his talk at a Beckley Foundation Seminar at The House of Lords on the same subject....
December 30th, 2009 | Drug Policy | Read More

Aquatic Apes

Aquatic Apes
Scientists find it easy to explain why we resemble the African apes so closely by pointing out that gorillas, chimpanzees and humans share a common ancestor. It is much harder to explain why we differ from the gorilla and the chimpanzee much more markedly than they differ from one another. Something...
December 2nd, 2009 | Evolution | Read More

And The Beat Goes On

And The Beat Goes On
“A Big Arrest Could Revive the Medellin Drug War” - Time Magazine reports on a typical example of how removing one Latin-American drug-lord, only results in an increase in violence as others fight to fill his place, without having any impact on the prevalence of drugs in either producer...
November 9th, 2009 | Drug Policy | Read More

A Glimpse of Burning Man

A Glimpse of Burning Man
These are a couple of videos from Burning Man, made by a film maker I’ve jsut come into contact with, who coincidentally features my mother, Amanda Feilding, and various other friends in the videos. I thought these might just be a nice glimpse of what there is out there for us all to enjoy…
November 3rd, 2009 | Arts | Read More

LSD and the Evolution of Consciousness

LSD and the Evolution of Consciousness
This essay, which tells the story of the inventor of LSD and his ‘problem child’s’ turbulent history, is taken from the soon-to-be published ‘Hofmann’s Elixir: LSD and the New Eleusis’. It is brainwaving.com’s first exclusive, and written by co-founder Amanda...
October 29th, 2009 | Altered States | Read More