Altered States of Consciousness
Everyone’s talking about drugs. The annual UN report estimates that 271 million people worldwide used drugs (2017), 35 million of them severely dependent. Alcohol – also a hard drug – is not included in these figures. The WHO counted 3 million alcohol deaths per year in 2018, and the WHO estimates the number of people severely addicted to alcohol at more than 200 million worldwide. Alcohol is probably consumed by a majority of people. Drugs are therefore an indispensable part of everyday life. So is drug consumption a part of “human nature”? A longing for a change in the “normal state”? The state of consciousness?
This panel discussion will feature two outstanding authors who have approached the topic in very different ways, Norman Ohler and Daniel Pinchbeck