MY PUBLICATIONS AND GOVERNMENTAL RESEARCH SUBMISSIONS
January 17, 2023
This submission has been prepared with a specific consideration of s 52E(1)(b): the purposes for which the substance is to be used and the extent of use of the substance, in this case DMT containing tea. From the outset, whilst the proposed amendments reflect the burgeoning global recognition of the value such substances play in the spiritual life of many people, the author holds grave concerns over the practical and/ or useful impact the proposed changes to the Poisons Schedule will have on the legal framework that applies to DMT containing tea. This submission provides explicates the shamanic and neo-shamanic use of teas containing DMT. The position adopted is that the essence of shamanism consists of the shamanic practitioner employing altered states of consciousness to commune with an interconnected and sentient universe for the wellbeing of the shaman and the wider Earth community. A position that reverberates throughout this brief submission.
Shamanism is an ancient and embodied technology of consciousness that offers deep insight into both human nature and our place as members of the Earth community. The essence of shamanism is the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOS) to connect with nature in order to learn how to remedy dis-ease and bring about wellbeing. The central argument presented in this paper is that the integration of the perceptually based, non-dual animist ontology of shamanism ought to be applied in the everyday world via a system of species-specific legal protections situated within the paradigm of Earth jurisprudence. In advancing this argument, a case is made that shamanism is directed toward the wellbeing of both individuals and the broader Earth community, which can be supported and enhanced via normative legal standards. Advances in neurophysiological research by scholars such as Winkelman (2013), have bolstered the epistemic status of experiences in shamanic NOS. Furthermore, coherence between shamanism and the ontologies of Bohmian quantum mechanics, along with various other technologies of consciousness, warrant considering how we can incorporate non-dual ontology into our social, economic, cultural and legal systems. It is asserted that the system of species-specific legal protections posited is one avenue to affect such reform and will assist in remedying some dire ecological problems directly attributable to human action. An invited submission for the 10th National Conference on Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Mind Body Practices and Happiness, Bangalore, India, 20-22 November 2015.
ABSTRACT This article explores the traditional basis of modern human rights doctrines and exposes some of the systemic shortcomings. It then posits that a number of these problems are advanced via integrating some developments in the philosophy of science and substantive scientific research into legal philosophy. This article argues that supervening holism grounded in quantum mechanics provides an alternative basis to human rights by positing an ontological construct that is congruous with many of the wisdom traditions practiced around the world. Such a foundation exposes a rational imperative for universal human rights and hence appeals to legal pragmatists.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication Name: World Futures
NEO-NATURALISM: A FRESH PARADIGM IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
Dhall (2010) posited that quantum holism can provide an alternate justification for human rights. This article explores how such a foundation challenges aspects of international law and assertions of cultural relativism that have stymied the ongoing development of a universal human rights culture.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication Name: World Futures
This Ph.D. thesis considers the space of encounter between the quantum mechanical ontology of limited universal holism and the legal system. This space of encounter is identified through an examination of two premises. The first premise is that the ontological structure of limited universal holism has significant legal philosophical and socio-legal implications. The second premise is that the loci of commitment within the ontology of limited universal holism epistemologically coheres with the core ontological notions that underpin the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 (UDHR), specifically the notions of equality, universality and inalienability. Both premises are affirmed in the course of analysis undertaken in this thesis. In addition some novel contributions are posited. Some of the ontological elements of limited universal holism when deployed as heuristic tools show, inter alia, coherence between the way socio-legal constructivists conceptualise the law and the wave-particle duality of quanta. In respect of the second premise, epistemological coherence is shown between the ethos that underpins modern human rights and the loci of commitment within the ontology of limited universal holism. This coherence improves the epistemic stability of monist perspectives on which deep equality may be framed. The thesis concludes with some suggestions for future research. Two particularly exciting areas for future research are uncovered in the course of the analysis. First is the coherence between the work in this thesis and the jurisprudential paradigm of Wild Law (also called ‘Earth Jurisprudence’). Second is the potential for the monist ontology of limited universal holism derived from scientific research to cohere with many diverse wisdom and ethno-cultural traditions and in so doing increase the epistemic standing of monist ontologies.