Mike Jay on Mescaline & Art

Mike Jay on Mescaline & Art
 
  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 Free

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Mike Jay is the author of Mescaline – a Global History - A definitive history of mescaline that explores its mind-altering effects across cultures, from ancient America to Western modernity.

Mescaline became a popular sensation in the mid-twentieth century through Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception, after which the word 'psychedelic' was coined to describe it. Its story, however, extends deep into prehistory: the earliest Andean cultures depicted mescaline-containing cacti in their temples.

Mescaline was isolated in 1897 from the peyote cactus, first encountered by Europeans during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. During the twentieth century it was used by psychologists investigating the secrets of consciousness, spiritual seekers from Aleister Crowley to the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, artists exploring the creative process, and psychiatrists looking to cure schizophrenia. Meanwhile peyote played a vital role in preserving and shaping Native American identity. Drawing on botany, pharmacology, ethnography, and the mind sciences and examining the mescaline experiences of figures from William James to Walter Benjamin to Hunter S. Thompson, this is an enthralling narrative of mescaline's many lives

Mike Jay has written widely on history of science and medicine, particularly the mind sciences, drugs and madness. He is also the author of High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture (2010), which accompanied the major exhibition he curated at Wellcome Collection in London. He writes for the New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Literary Review and London Review of Books, and is an affiliate of the Centre for Health Humanities at University College London. He lives in London and his website is mikejay.net

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This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.