Articles By: David Luke

David Luke, PhD is a lecturer, writer and researcher. He has a special interest in the psychology of altered states of consciousness and ostensibly paranormal phenomena, and he is the current President of the Parapsychological Association, the professional scientific body for parapsychologists. He has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Hackney in London.

Can You Find Consciousness In The Brain?

Can You Find Consciousness In The Brain?
MOST neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest this orthodoxy. Among them are those...
February 23rd, 2010 | Extended Mind | Read More

Placebos – Is Mind more important than Matter?

Placebos – Is Mind more important than Matter?
In a review of recent research, international experts say there is increasing evidence that fake treatments, or placebos, have an actual biological effect in the body. The doctor-patient relationship, plus the expectation of recovery, may sometimes be enough to change a patient’s brain, body and...
February 19th, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

Psychedelics and Species Connectedness

Psychedelics and Species Connectedness
Evidence suggests that at the very least the consumption of psychedelic substances leads to an increased concern for Nature and ecological issues. On one level we can understand that this may be due to a basic appreciation of place and aesthetics that accompanies the increased sensory experience, or...
February 8th, 2010 | Extended Mind | Read More

Is Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ theory going Extinct?

Is Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ theory going Extinct?
READERS in search of literature about Darwin or Darwinism will have no trouble finding it. Recent milestone anniversaries of Darwin’s birth and of the publication of On the Origin of Species have prompted a plethora of material, so authors thinking of adding another volume had better have a good...
February 8th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

Shifting Consciousness: Six Years with Yogis and Tibetan Buddhists

Shifting Consciousness:  Six Years with Yogis and Tibetan Buddhists
The data from parapsychological research is slowly becoming more accepted by the scientific community. The main sticking point is still a good theory into which psi fits. This is essentially the same sticking point for what has been called the “hard problem” in consciousness research – how can...
January 3rd, 2010 | Extended Mind | Read More

What Happens When We Die?

What Happens When We Die?
Does evidence from the reports of near death experiences suggest that the human mind, or soul, is separate from and irreducible to the human body? If the answer is yes, then what consequences does this have for our understanding of reality, science, and religion? The Human Consciousness Project is an...
December 27th, 2009 | Spirituality | Read More

For The Love of Goddess

For The Love of Goddess
The inspiration for this poem was the realisation that Albert Hoffmann rediscovered LSD the same year the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and that ergot grows on rye barley, an ear of which was one of the ancient symbols for the Earth Goddess, Demeter, one of the principal matriarchs of the the ancient...
December 4th, 2009 | Arts | Read More

Psi-verts and psychic piracy: The future of parapsychology?

Psi-verts and psychic piracy: The future of parapsychology?
I woke up this morning with a psychic advert left lingering in my dreaming mind. It was some kind of oneiric flyer for a new type of yoga, it even had a telephone number on it to call. This fanciful hypnopompic intrusion brought me back to the idea that if science can identify techniques for reliably...
October 28th, 2009 | Extended Mind | Read More