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"A hallucination is a perception in the absence of external stimulus that has qualities of real perception. Hallucinations are vivid, substantial, and are perceived to be located in external objective space." Some people in the psychedelic community prefer to avoid the term 'hallucination,' since it is popularly understood to mean something unreal ... often a byproduct of illness. But hallucinations are the proper term for perceptual experiences that do not correspond to external stimuli ... and they are not necessarily "unreal." Despite its remarkable accomplishments, neuroscience is still in its infancy--the human brain is amazingly complex, with an estimated 100 billion neurons--and more than 100 neurotransmitters which allow these cells to communicate. Studying hallucinogenic or psychedelic experiences has the potential to reveal much about the brain and its functioning. Beyond that, however, many people are convinced that these experiences also have much to reveal about the universe and reality itself. During the first hour of our September meeting, we will invite several members to share "trip reports" ... detailed descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences that they have had. Some of these experiences might follow the use of entheogens or other psychotropic drugs, others may have happened spontaneously, or have resulted from spiritual practices such as meditation or contemplative prayer. These reports will follow a specific format, allowing us to compare and contrast experiences--as well as the lessons (if any) that the participant gleaned from the event. If you have had a hallucinatory or psychedelic experience, and are willing to discuss that with others, please email me directly at [masked]. I will send you a copy of the format for the trip report. Your willingness to share will be much appreciated ... while we love all of our members, there is a special aloha for volunteers! The last half hour of the meeting will be a Q & A session ... if you have any questions about any of the topics that we hope to cover, please bring it and ask--if no one is able to give you a satisfactory answer at the September meeting, we will jot the question down and get back to you later with as much information as we can find. I look forward to seeing you at Coffee Talk in Kaimuki on the 29th! NOTE: There is no fee for this meeting--but please show your appreciation to Coffee Talk by buying something to sip or munch on!