High Weirdness with Erik Davis, Jeremy Gilbert & Lindsay Jordan


Erik Davis is arguably the leading author in English on the interface between drugs, technology, mysticism and magic. His books include Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information, Visionary State and Nomad Codes. His podcast Expanding Mind is essential listening for anyone remotely interested in cultures of consciousness: covering topics from mindfulness to drone music, from DMT to the history of computing.

Erik’s new book High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s, by way of a study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality—but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America?

In High Weirdness, Erik examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. He explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America’s West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval, to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

This event will see Erik in conversation with Lindsay Jordan (senior lecturer at the University of the Arts London and co-host of our Psychedelic Philosophy series) and Jeremy Gilbert (professor, cultural theorist, DJ, political commentator and co-host of #ACFM, the ‘Acid Corbynism’ podcast). Together they will explore themes from Erik's book, and what the weird world of psychedelia means to us today.
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