Ann Shulgin, Jon Hanna and David Presti: Psychedelic Stories, Art and Cookbooks (Berkeley, California)

psychedelic medicine from tradition to science

October 8, 2018

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psychedelic medicine from tradition to science

This is an opportunity to meet Ann Shulgin, co-author of PiHKAL and TiHKAL, and contributing authors Jon Hanna and David Presti, at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, California on October 8th, 2018.

Ann Shulgin co-authored PiHKAL and TiHKAL with her late husband, the chemist and psychopharmacologist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin. She also worked as a therapist using psychedelic drugs such as MDMA and 2C-B while they were still legal. The books—part memoirs and part psychedelic chemistry cookbooks—became instant cult classics upon their publication in 1991 and 1997 respectively. Now reissued as a special four-volume commemorative edition, this beautiful boxed set, available in both hardcover and paperback, features bonus material including nearly 200 pictures, poetry and tributes to the Shulgins contributed by a who’s who of psychedelic luminaries.

Jon Hanna is a psychedelic consumer advocate and contributing author of the commemorative edition of PiHKAL/TiHKAL.In the late 1990s, he co-founded the Mind States conference series. He has worked as a writer, editor, and archivist for Erowid Center, MAPS, and the Alexander Shulgin Research Institute, among others. Following the release of his book Psychedelic Resource List, he was a regular contributor to The Entheogen Review. He has spoken internationally on the topics of visionary art, applied psychonautics, and harm reduction. He was Art & Photography Editor for The Manual of Psychedelic Support, and his photos have been published by National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times, Reason, Vice and other news/media outlets.

David Presti, also a contributing author of the commemorative edition, has taught neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley since 1991. His classes on “Brain, Mind, and Behavior: An Introduction to Neuroscience,” “Drugs and the Brain,” “Neurochemistry,” “Matter, Mind, Consciousness,” and “Consciousness: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives” reach more than 1,400 UC Berkeley students every year. For more than a decade he worked in the treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. And for the past 15 years, he has been teaching neuroscience and conversing about science with Tibetan Buddhist monastics in India, Bhutan, and Nepal. Presti is author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (2016, W. W. Norton) and Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal (October 2018, Columbia University Press).

For more information, visit the event website.