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      August 12, 2019

      Monday   7:30 PM

      1005 W Burnside St.
      Portland, Oregon 97209

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      Erik Davis

      A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, Erik Davis’s High Weirdness (MIT) charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality – but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? In High Weirdness, Davis – America's leading scholar of high strangeness – examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

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