View attachment 47101 One of the few major psychedelics conferences during the dark age of the “Just Say No” Reagan regime was the Psychedelics and Spirituality Conference (aka Psychedelic Conference II), held on the campus of UC-Santa Barbara on May 13-14, 1983.
The speakers were a “who’s who” of drug discoverers and researchers: Albert Hofmann, Humphry Osmond, Ralph Metzner, Alexander Shulgin, Walter Houston Clark, Terence McKenna, Andrew Weil, Carl Ruck and Jonathan Ott.
Timothy Leary, Joan Halifax and Kathleen Harrison (McKenna) were in attendance but did not give formal talks.
Other notables visible in photos: Peter Stafford, Rick Doblin, Deborah Harlow, Robert Forte, John Palmer, Jeremy Tarcher and Shari Lewis.
It was at this conference that Sasha Shulgin announced his discovery of 2C-B and delivered one of his greatest talks, “Drugs of Perception.” It was also here that Terence McKenna (in his brother Dennis’ words) “marked his emergence as a public persona with his talk ‘Hallucinogens: Monkeys Discover Hyperspace, aka Return to the Logos.’”
Cynthia Palmer (Horowitz), whose ground-breaking anthology of women’s drug writings (Shaman Woman, Mainline Lady, reprinted as Sisters of the Extreme ) had been published the preceding year, attended the conference with her husband and co-editor, Michael Horowitz. Her candid photos of the speakers and conference-goers during a break from their presentations are published here for the first time.
A complete set of the talks delivered at the conference is available on 6 audiocassettes from Soundphotosynthesis.
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Albert Hofmann in the Cafe.
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Rick Doblin, center, Deborah Harlow to his left.
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Ann and Sasha Shulgin surrounded by speakers and attendees.
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Andy Weil, Michael Horowitz, Sasha Shulgin
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Living room scene From L: Andy Weil, Terence McKenna, Kat Harrison McKenna, Walter Houston Clark, Shari Lewis (Jeremy Tarcher's wife), 2 unidentified, Jonathan Ott, Ann Shulgin, Sasha Shulgin
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Michael Horowitz (left), Sasha Shulgin (middle), Andy Weil (right).
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Ralph Metzner, Stephanie Bernstein
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Carl Ruck, Albert Hofmann, Joan Halifax
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Jeremy Tarcher, Cynthia Palmer
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From left to right: Andy Weil, Michael Horowitz, Sasha Shulgin
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Terence McKenna, Jeremy Tarcher (background), Walter Houston Clark (foreground)
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Luminaries on the lawn: Terence McKenna, Kat Harrison (McKenna), Albert Hofmann
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Albert Hofmann inscribing books, with John Palmer
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Patio scene with Carl Ruck and Joan Halifax in foreground. Albert Hofmann in the background.
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Walter Houston Clark (left) Sasha Shulgin (right)
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Albert Hofmann with attendees
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Living room scene. From Left: Cynthia Palmer, Albert Hofmann, Joan Halifax
Humphry Osmond (left)
24 November 2015
Photos: Cynthia Palmer
Main image: Admission Ticket for Santa Barbara Psychedelic Conference II
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Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983