The word “consciousness” describes a state of awareness of our internal and external existence. It has been debated, explored, analyzed, and written about across philosophical, spiritual, and psychological traditions and throughout human history—and still remains largely mysterious, despite the fact that so much of animate life possesses it. Our search to understand consciousness—both our own and others’—can be described as the most quintessential human action that we can take in our existence.
The story of The Psychedelic Pioneers is part leading edge medical research and part utopian idealism. Three gifted psychiatrists, in combination with an extraordinarily powerful drug, resulted in one of the most fascinating and controversial periods in Canadian history.