What we’re about
The London Philosophy Club holds free talks from some of the leading contemporary philosophers, including (recently) Robert Skidelsky, John Gray, Galen Strawson, Angie Hobbs and Stephen Cave. We also organise debates, socials, and a regular reading group. Our events are fun, accessible and interactive, and are all guided by our belief that philosophy improves people's lives and should be open to all.
At the moment, we're the biggest philosophy club in the world, and have featured on the BBC World Service, in the Financial Times and Independent, La Confidencial and La Reppublica, and at the How-The-Light-Gets-In festival.
No background in Philosophy is necessary. You will get to know other philosophy lovers, curious souls, open-minded individuals who love wisdom and the exploration of ideas - in a non-academic, relaxed atmosphere, full of debate and challenging topics.
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- The dark side of psychedelicsLink visible for attendees
This is the first online seminar of the Psychedelic Safety Group, which seeks to learn more about psychedelic harms in order to reduce them. The event is for researchers, practitioners and interested members of the public. NB this is not an integration support group.
This event will happen on zoom from 5pm-6.30pm UK time. Its a free event - you need to sign up on eventbrite at this link:
Our three speakers will each speak for 15-20 minutes, with 30 minutes at the end for questions and discussions.
- Philippe Lucas PhD, President of SABI Mind: "Out of Mind; Peak Positive and Challenging Experiences Reported in the Global Psychedelic Survey".
This presentation will provide an overview of the Global Psychedelic Survey (GPS), a comprehensive international survey of adult psychedelic consumers, with a focus on the peak positive and challenging experiences reported by adult psychedelic consumers from around the globe and the associated contexts of use (i.e. set and setting). While the GPS data suggests the majority of respondents that had challenging journeys ultimately found that some that some good came out of the experience, for others these "bad trips" posed an existential threat. While most psychedelic substances are considered relatively safe and many are being studied for the treatment of mental and physical health conditions, the potential for significant negative psychological outcomes should be considered, along with strategies to mitigate the harms and maximize the benefits of both therapeutic and non-therapeutic use.
- Jules Evans, director: 'The Challenging Psychedelic Experiences Project'
Jules will present some of our findings so far in the CPEP, including the results of our survey of 608 people who reported difficulties after a psychedelic trip. What kind of difficulties did people experience, and what did they say they found helpful in dealing with these difficulties? He will also outline the new research we are undertaking and what we see as the most important research questions for the field.
- David Mathai, Johns Hopkins Psychedelic Center Graduate: 'Shame, guilt, and psilocybin: On challenging inward journeys'
David Mathai will present data on challenging psychedelic experiences from a large, prospective study of naturalistic psilocybin use conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. A specific area of focus will be the intersections of shame, guilt, and psychedelic use.
If you would like to keep in touch about future PSRS events you can sign up for the Challenging Psychedelic Experiences Project newsletter here.