Jesús Alejandro López Castillo, was born in the city of Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico. He has a degree in biology from the Universidad Veracruzana and is author of the book: La Buena Muerte: Enteogeónos y Euthanasia (The Good Death: Entheogens and Euthanasia); an analysis from the bioethics of the use of entheogens for the management of anxiety in terminal patients. He has had the opportunity to present papers within specialized congresses such as Sacred Plants of the Americas 2018, and has presented at various Mexican universities, proposing an approach from a transdisciplinary perspective, and a search for dialogue between traditional knowledge and the Western scientific point of view.
His presentation at BP 2018 has the title : “The absence of the sacred: abuse of entheogens in Mexico”
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I believe that this symposium is an excellent place for dialogue between professionals and those interested in the topic of research with entheogens.
I believe that the global landscape has been changing in recent years. Beyond the superficial changes in the legislature, I believe that there is a change within the perception and conceptualization that the general public has regarding this type of substance.
The main challenge is to adapt as a society to coexistence with the entheogens, by this I mean adapting to live with them in our daily life.
Absolutely, I think they are an excellent tool for health professionals to empathize with their patients
That the members of our society can coexist with users, consumers and administrators of this type of substance, without prejudice.
Functioning as elements of spiritual exploration, an element that is difficult to find in the Western Culture.
Of course there must be a collaboration between both perspectives of knowledge, but these must be within an atmosphere of dialogue, without one perspective imposing itself on the other.
I believe that the main function until now has been to serve as tools of spiritual growth … As an example to this, the appearance of the LSD m in the 60’s allowed the creation of peaceful civil resistance movements against the dominant capitalist perspective.
I think that for our cultural context, LSD is the right tool
I think that the darkest side of the entheogens, in recent times, has been the use and abuse on the part of the occidentalis of the entheogenic sustancias within indigenous communities. This is contributing to the loss of biological-cultural wealth of many since there is not a full understanding of the context in which these substances are used in cultural terms.
Of course. The way of dialogue is a major tool for the understanding of this type of substance.