Liver Erikson by Jimmy Cauty

Speakers’ Corner

RAW Discourse

Sun 23/11/14, 11:23am – 7:23pm


Daisy Campbell: How the Trigger came to be Pulled
Prof. Robert Temple: Cosmic Triggers & Other Devices
Robin Ince: Irrational Rationalist
Adam Gorightly: My Life in Discordia
John Higgs: Standing on the Verge of Getting On It
Gregory Sams: Shedding Light on Light
John Allen: Visions of Biospheres
CJ Stone: The City Breathing
Dr. David Luke: Psychedelics, Synchronicity, & C.P
Thomas Calderbank: The Lost Doctor, Episode 1

Panel Discussion

“The Legacy and the Lessons from Cosmic Trigger”
with John Higgs, Daisy Campbell, Adam Gorightly,
Prof. Robert Temple, and Robin Ince


Daisy Eris Campbell

“How the Trigger came to be Pulled”

Daisy Eris Campbell , taken by AB PhotographyDaisy is the writer and director of Cosmic Trigger Play.

She worked alongside her father Ken Campbell for many years, on Pidgin Macbeth and other capers.

She directed The Warp, the world’s longest play, staged in London amidst a rave; co-conceived The Questival, a festival of future consciousness; wrote & directed a collection of short plays; her children’s play, School Journey to the Centre of the Earth, was performed at the National Theatre; she co-directed Beyond Our Ken, also at the NT.

Daisy also has an MA in Production and an MSc in Transpersonal Psychology.


Professor Robert Temple

“Cosmic Triggers and Other Suspicious Devices
Recently Seized by the Anti-Terrorism Units

as Reported by the Sirius Daily News”

robert templeTemple is author of a dozen challenging and provocative books, commencing with the international best-seller, The Sirius Mystery. His books have been translated into a total of 44 foreign languages. He combines solid academic scholarship with an ability to communicate with the mass public. He is Visiting Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and previously held a similar position at an American university.

For many years he was a science writer for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and a science reporter for Time-Life, as well as a frequent reviewer for Nature and profile writer for The New Scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has been a member of the Egypt Exploration Society since the 1970s, as well as a member of numerous other academic societies. He has produced, written and presented a documentary for Channel Four and National Geographic Channels on his archaeological discoveries in Greece and Italy, and he was at one time an arts reviewer on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Kaleidoscope’.

In 1993, his translation of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London. With his wife, Olivia, he is co-author and translator of the first complete English version of Aesop’s Fables, which attracted a great deal of international press attention at the time of its release, as the earlier translations had suppressed some of the fables because of Victorian prudery.

Temple was a colleague of the late Dr. Joseph Needham of Cambridge, in association with whom he wrote The Genius of China, which has been approved as an official reference book (in Chinese) for the Chinese secondary school system, and which won five national awards in the USA. He has done archaeometric dating work and intensive exploration of closed sites in Egypt with the permission of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. His research into historical accounts of the Sphinx is the first comprehensive survey ever undertaken.

Temple also coined the phrase ‘cosmic trigger‘ in his book The Sirius Mystery, which Robert Anton Wilson acknowledged in his autobiographical book of that name.


Robin Ince

“Irrational Rationalist” – a look at my confrontations
with irrational mobs, and confrontations with my own
irrational mind trying to get a least wrong version

of the events in our world

 , taken by Robin Ince is predominantly known as a science populariser and the pioneering comedian behind hugely successful live events such as The Book Club, School for Gifted Children and 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People. He presents the Sony Award winning Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4 with Brian Cox.

He has won three Chortle Awards, including the Time Out Outstanding Achievement Award and was nominated for Best Live Show at the British Comedy Awards.

His regular radio appearances include; The News Quiz, Just a Minute and as a music profiler on Steve Lamacq’s show for BBC 6 Music. He has made numerous TV appearances on panel and stand up shows including; The Review Show and The TV Book Club as well as presenting documentaries including Schrodinger’s Cat and Vinyl Culture.

His science tour, Uncaged Monkeys, with Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre was a sell-out including two nights at Hammersmith Apollo. He is currently on tour with his solo show, The Importance of Being Interested and with Josie Long on a joint venture, Robin and Josie’s Shambles.


Adam Gorightly

“My Life In Discordia: Confessions of
a Reformed Conspiracy Theorist”

 , taken by Adam Gorightly is best known for his book on the Manson Family, The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos. Adam has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows such as Coast To Coast AM with Ian Punnett and Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis. Television appearances include the History Channel’s documentary The Manson Murders.

Adam is a card carrying Discordian and has written three books on the theme:

  • The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How he Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture
  • Historia Discordia: The Origins of the Discordian Society
  • Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Lee Oswald and the Garrison Investigation


John Higgs

“Standing on the Verge of Getting On It”

 , taken by John Higgs is author of The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds and I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary. He also writes fiction under the name JMR Higgs, including The Brandy of the Damned and The First Church on the Moon.


Gregory Sams

“Shedding Light on Light”
Illuminating The Greatest Mystery of All – Light Itself

 , taken by From 1967, Gregory Sams was pioneering natural foods in the UK, in partnership with his brother Craig. He opened Seed macrobiotic restaurant in Paddington at the age of 19, Ceres grain store in the Portobello Road soon after, then Harmony Foods (now Whole Earth Foods) in 1970, as well as being closely involved with Harmony Magazine and Seed, the Journal of Organic Living. He conceived and launched the original VegeBurger in 1982, adding a word to the language as he opened up the market for vegetarian foods.

In 1990 Greg moved out of food and into fractals, founding Strange Attractions – the world’s only shop ever dedicated to chaos theory. Trading as chaOs worKs, he went on to produce and license fractal images worldwide on everything from posters to book covers to fashion fabrics. His interest in chaos theory, however, was not just for the sexy images, but for the social lessons inherent in the discovery of self-organizing systems throughout the world.

This led him to write and publish, in 1998, his first book, Uncommon Sense – the State is Out of Date. It was well received and, enjoying his role as an author, Gregory spent the first seven years of the next millennium writing Sun of gOd, in which, as he puts it, the biggest elephant-in-the-room that you could ever imagine is unveiled.


John Allen

“Visions of Biospheres and
a Theatre of All Possibilities”

 , taken by John ‘Dolphin’ Allen, author, poet, playwright, inventor, conceiver and co-founder of the Biosphere 2 project – the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology. Biosphere 2 set a number of world records in closed life system work including, among others, degree of sealing tightness, 100% waste recycle and water recycle, and duration of human residence within a closed system (eight people for two years). Allen has also conceived and co-founded nine other projects around the world, pioneering in sustainable co-evolutionary development.

Allen began the first manned Biosphere Test Module experiment in September 1988, residing in the almost fully recyclable closed ecological system environment for three days and setting a world record at that time, proving that closed ecological systems would work with humans inside. As the vice-president of Biospheric Development for the project, as well as Executive Chairman, Allen was responsible for the science and engineering that created the materially closed life system, as well as the development of spin-off technologies.
John Allen

He is currently the Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corporation. This is an international project development and management company with a Biospheric Design Division engaged in designing and preparing to build the second generation of advanced materially closed biospheric systems and ecologically enriched biomic systems (; and an EcoFrontiers Division which owns and operates innovative sustainable ecological projects of which he was the co-founder and chief designer in France, Australia (5000 acre savannah regeneration project), Puerto Rico (1000 acre sustainable rainforest project) and England (


CJ Stone

“The City Breathing”
a Radical Spirituality in an Age of Revolution

CJ Stone is an author, columnist and feature writer. He has written five books: Fierce Dancing: Adventures in the Underground (Faber & Faber 1996); The Last of the Hippies (Faber & Faber 1999); Housing Benefit Hill & Other Places (AK Press 2001); The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition (With Arthur Pendragon: The Big Hand 2012) and The Empire of Things (Gonzo Multimedia 2013). He is currently working on his sixth.

From 1993 till 1998 he was a regular columnist with the Guardian Weekend. His column Housing Benefit Hill was a runaway hit, observing life on a run down housing estate in a small town in England, while his travel column, CJ Stone’s Britain, took a wry look at the state of Britain in the 90s.

From 2003-2008, he ran a column for Prediction magazine. Other columns include a fortnightly column for The Whitstable Times and columns for Mixmag, Kindred Spirit, the Independent & the Big Issue. Currently he is a working postman and writes a column for The Whitstable Gazette.

Publications *The Guardian Weekend*The Observer*The Big Issue*The Independent*The Independent on Sunday*The New Statesman*The London Review of Books*Mixmag*The Sunday Herald*The Times Literary Supplement*Prediction*Kindred Spirit*The Whitstable Times*Saga Magazine*Kent Life*The Whitstable Gazette*

Books *The Empire of Things (Gonzo Muiltimedia 2013)*The Trials of Arthur (with Arthur Pendragon: Big Hand Books 2010)*Housing Benefit Hill (AK Press 2001)*Last of the Hippies (Faber & Faber 1999)*Fierce Dancing (Faber & Faber 1996)*


Dr. David Luke

“Psychedelics, Synchronicity
and the Rocky Road to Chapel Perilous”

 , taken by Having read RAW’s Quantum Psychology as a spotty youth dabbling with his brain like a toy chemistry set David set off for university to study psychology to understand all this crazy mind stuff and soon after ended up on the pointy end of the classroom.

He’s been trying to ram as much magic in through the backdoor of the Academy ever since, having taught hundreds of bemused students, churned out a few weird academic books and (dis)organised numerous pineal squeegeeing events, such as the Questival, Psychic Lysurgery and the UK’s three most ambitious psychedelic conferences.

The rest of the time he spends researching weird people doing weird things in weird places in weird states of consciousness and then telling anyone who will listen all about it.[…]/staff/dr-david-luke


Thomas Calderbank

“ The Lost Doctor, Episode 1”

 , taken by A script-in-hand performance for radio and stage by Muzzlechigg The Mage. Fifty-one years to the day since the very first broadcast of Dr Who, expect nothing less than a newly-minted Timelord, in the first of 23 episodes of the inevitable ‘Lost Doctor’ series. With live band and projections, come and be part of this timeless classic in the making!’