Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences — A Talk with Bill Richards (San Francisco, CA)

June 24, 2016

From the event website:

Heralded as a sequel to William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience, Bill Richards will discuss Sacred Knowledge, recently released by Columbia University Press.

Written not only for scholars of the psychology of religion, psychotherapy, neuroscience, comparative religion, theology and drug policy, this book reaches out to all who have encountered profound, potentially transformative states of consciousness, with or without the use of psychedelic substances. Dr. Richards , whose involvement in psychedelic research dates back to 1963 and currently continues at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will describe the book’s origin, scope and purpose, read selected portions and invite discussion of this fascinating frontier of knowledge. Copies will be available for purchase.

William A. (Bill) Richards, STM, Ph.D., is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he and his colleagues have pursued research with entheogens for the past 15 years., and also a clinician in private practice in Baltimore. His graduate training in clinical psychology and the psychology of religion included studies at Yale University, the University of Göttingen, Andover-Newton Theological School, Brandeis University, and Catholic University. After encountering psilocybin research in Germany in 1963, he pursued psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center from 1967-1977. Columbia University Press has published his new book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, which is a required textbook for the certificate program.

For more information, visit the event website.