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A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

Mo Costandi
Hallucinogenic Liberty Cap mushrooms, picked near Pulborough, West Sussex. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in these and other ‘magic’ mushrooms, has therapeutic potential. Photograph: Martin Bond/Alamy

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture. This article appears in the September 2014 issue of The Psychologist magazine and has been republished here with permission from the editors. The whole issue is devoted to the use of ... Read More »

Once Upon A Time

Presented by: Masters of Choreography
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12 Fairy Tales, 12 Dance Teams, 12 Dance Styles, over 150 performers – this all ages dance showcase spectacular is set to entertain with its array of talent, music and creativity! In support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, this colourful showcase brings together leading choreographers covering dance styles such as Ballet, Street, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Commercial and Latin Ballroom, all ... Read More »

West Papuan Independence Leader Found Floating In Sack At Sea

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The Indonesian security forces have been accused of the murder of another pro-independence West Papuan leader. Amy McQuire reports. A West Papuan pro-independence activist has been found dead less than a week after he went missing in the lead-up to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit to the region. The body of Martinus Yohame was found in a sack floating ... Read More »

PKK-affiliate claims to have killed ISIL operative in Istanbul

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The youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has claimed to have killed an operative of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Istanbul. “Our security forces in the Başakşehir neighborhood have conducted an armed operation against ISIL, killing a gang leader named Hikmet, who was in charge of an [ISIL] organization,” the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement ... Read More »

Allowing unpleasant views to be heard exposes them to ridicule they deserve

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Preserving liberal human rights such as freedom of association and speech requires a culture of respect for differing views, not just those you like. Over the weekend, the World Congress of Families was hosted in the suburbs of Melbourne. The World Congress of Families attracts the ire of just about anyone except for rigid social conservatives. Having not attended the Congress, ... Read More »

Gorgeous Images Of Central Europe Reveal A Region Teeming In History

George Dvorsky

Located directly in the heart of Europe, the countries of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria have been embroiled in some of the most pivotal moments in history. From the advent of Slavic Catholicism and the rise of the Hapsburg Empire to the start of the Great War and the fall of communism, these photos show where it all happened. ... Read More »

NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch

Carl Franzen

The plainly-named Space Launch System is designed to take astronauts further into space than ever before Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Space Launch System (credit: NASA/MSFC) NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built ... Read More »

Everyone should have the same right to appeal ASIO assessments

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Proposed amendments to the ASIO Act introduced into Federal Parliament today would ensure that refugees indefinitely detained on the basis of ASIO security assessments would have the same right to appeal those assessments as everyone else. The HRLC strongly supports the proposed changes, introduced by Andrew Wilkie MP, and a number of other groups including security chiefs, libertarians and the UN Human ... Read More »

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