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Natural sequel to DMT: Spirit Molecule
on 15 February 2009
In collaboration with Dr. Slawek Wojtowicz, Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna, and Dr. Ede Frecska; Dr.Rick Strassman's new book Inner Paths to Outer Space is the natural sequel to his first book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, in which Strassman documented his extraordinary medical research administering the potent endogenous psychedelic neurochemical, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), to human volunteers. After receiving intravenous injections of DMT, Strassman's participants reported a range of exceptional phenomena from entity encounters and alien abduction-like experiences to near-death like experiences. Inner Paths considers the DMT-induced entity encounters and alien abduction-like experiences from Strassman's research in further depth, particularly in the contexts of quantum physics, science fiction and shamanism, proposing that access to alien worlds in outer space occurs in the inner space of the psyche.
The book covers some interesting terrain, ranging from advice on the best circumstances in which to experience these other worlds to speculations about the neurochemical underpinnings of alien-abduction experiences. It didn't quite probe the ontology of the alien encounter fully, nor satisfactorily dissect the insectoid beings enough for me, but it does explore these bizarre experiences in a creative and non-reductionistic way, yet I still feel it could have made a deeper analysis. Nevertheless this book is fascinating, timely and important in that it asks the questions that aren't being asked about psychedelically-induced entity contact, and comes up with some interesting speculations in doing so. Well worth a read.