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obtuse posted a topic in News & NoticesIt is with great pleasure we announce special EGA Melbourne Plant meet. Please bring seed, plants or goodies to trade with fellow plant heads. Where: Abbotsford Convent Room: Oratory Date: 6th December Cost: Free Time: 12.30 - 5.30 We have 4 EGA speakers for your education and listening pleasers. *Sebastian Job: The Light of the Toad of Light Talk duration: 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A Presentation Synopsis: Users of the powerful naturally occurring tryptamine 5-MeO-DMT frequently report that they are briefly dissolved into IT, pure being-nothing, the energetic void, infinite love, or as many simply say, the Light. Obviously this Light is not an 'object' in the ordinary sense, and users invariably stress its ineffable character. In this talk Sebastian will be considering how we might think about this Light and its socio-cultural significance. BIO: Sebastian Job, PhD, is Honorary Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney and Visiting Lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. His research in recent years has centred on the entheogenic uses of psychoactive substances both in Australia and Latin America, with a particular interest in the environmental, political and philosophical significance of the cultures of use of these substances. **Carl TuneIn: Giving Exotic Ethnobotanicals the Conditions They Need* Talk duration: 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A Presentation synopsis: Carl TuneIn will give an outline of seven of the major environmental factors affecting plant vitality. Then, using well-known ethnobotanicals, he will show "how to successfully grow everything from tropicals to alpines in Melbourne". The audience will then share their own successful techniques and vexing problems.Personal or organization Bio: Carl has worked in many fields (education, computing, manufacturing, military, farming), and has six tertiary qualifications (from public policy to surgical theatre nursing). He's successfully grown ~40 different species of ethnobotanicals, and gardened in California, Oregon, Idaho, West Australia, New Zealand, and Victoria. ***Arik Reiss: The Pathologisation of Cannabis Use in the Mainstream Media. Talk duration: 20-30 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A Presentation synopsis: Arik will be discussing media representations of cannabis and how mainstream perspectives based on "pathology" or "otherness" frame much of the public discourse. He will suggest ways to rectify these misrepresentations to create a more favourable image and thereby improve the possibilities of changing drug policies.Personal or organization Bio: Arik Reiss is the director of "Druglawed" and "Inside New Zealand: High Time?", documentary films discussing the failures of cannabis prohibition. Arik has been working full time on drug policy media since 2008. His third film on the subject of cannabis, Druglawed 2, is currently in production. **** Michael Bock: Shamanic Plants of New Guinea Talk duration: 20 minutes + 10 minutes Q and A Presentation synopsis: Whilst there is no evidence of the Australian Aboriginies using any plants shamanically (apart from one reported use of Pituri), the indigenous people of New Guinea (which was part of mainland Australia until a few thousand years ago) used many shamanic plants. This talk explores what we know about the Shamanic Plants of New Guinea. Bio: Longtime researcher of Australasian flora, Michael has presented many varied topics at EGA, all based on an aspect of Australasian natural history to bring his research to a wider audience. For info on the film screenings see the following links; The EGA main page - http://www.entheogenesis.org Sydney Facebook event page -https://www.facebook...68407116840338/ Melbourne Facebook event page - https://www.facebook...12802425705796/