Drugs and the Imagination
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- Review by Erowid, 2003 Feb 22
Pharmakon is an interesting analysis of the integration of psychoactive use as a part of occult practices; Cultivating the sense of magic all around through the altered states achieved by drug use (primarily hallucinogens). It is a wide-ranging (though somewhat loosely organized) and intelligently written book that should be interesting to anyone interested in the relationship between psychoactives and spirit, . . . (more)
BACK COVER #Ranging across both published and anecdotal evidence, Pharmakon traces the story of drug use as a means of self-exploration.
By examining apparently simple questions such as 'what is a drug?', Pharmakon deconstructs and reconstructs the idea of drug experience. Experiences that the author believes are fundamental to the process of self-actualisation and learning.
Julian Vayne is an occultist who has written on a number of esoteric subjects (witchcraft, the tarot and the sociology of contemporary Paganism). This book is aimed at both the general reader and those who are interested in the use of drugs in a spiritual context.
Delving into areas as diverse as philosophy and neurochemistry, this is a book that in both style and content seeks to invent a new understanding of drugs in culture.