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Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason Paperback – October 5, 2010
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--Rob Dickens, PsyPressUK.com Review, December 2010
PIT suggests many rich opportunities for research that are bound to reveal pragmatic and novel applications. Not since The Invisible Landscape have I found a book so original and propitious.
--Jedi Mind Traveler, Evolver.net interview, January 2011
PIT is the everyman's guide to inner consciousness, unraveling the scientific foundations of altered states. Kent's reductionist approach also leaves room for mysteries to grow.
--Rak Razam, author of Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey, November 2010
Kent's clear trail through volumes of research gave me a solid understanding of hallucinatory states. Kent deserves a place next to Grof on the psychonaut's bookshelf.
--Sheldon Norberg, author of Healing Houses, Erowid.org Review, October 2010
PIT is an extraordinary book. I love it and believe it is a special book that over the years will increasingly emerge as important to our field.
--Neal Marshall Goldsmith, author of Psychedelic Healing, January 2011
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What's more, the illegalization of acid in 1966 meant that book was left high and dry, washed up by the first wave of research, and so, by default, acquired a much more canonical status than it deserved. Another phase of investigation didn't emerge until the late 80s, when the MDMA craze catapulted psychedelics into the public domain again. Since then we've seen a cautious re-appearance of studies on psychedelic experiences; we seem, at least for the time being, to be in a modest renaissance of psychedelic research and evaluation.
James Kent's book is a timely and thorough attempt to describe and evaluate the psychedelic experience in non-religious, non-spiritist terms. He defines psychedelic information theory as: 'The study of nonlinear information creation in the human imagination, particularly in states of dreaming, psychosis and hallucination', and on its scope:
'It is the conjecture of PIT that all mystical states, including healing and regenerative states, have unique formal nonlinear qualities that can be described in physical terms close enough to make good approximations. This means that PIT is also a work of technical shamanism, neurotheology, or spiritual neuroscience, and can be referenced in the clinical application of psychedelic drugs in shamanic ceremony, mystical ritual, or psychedelic therapy.Read more ›