Altered States of the Human Mind: Implications for Anthropogeny

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Saturday, Mar 13, 2021 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Chairs:

Patricia Churchland, University of California, San Diego
Jean-Pierre Changeux, Collège de France & Institut Pasteur

Live Symposium Webcast:

Access to the live webcast for this symposium will be provided here on Saturday, March 13 starting at 12:00 PM (Pacific Time).

This is an online-only event. Talks will be recorded and posted on this page. Please check this event page, as well as CARTA’s Facebook (@ucsdcarta) and Twitter (@CARTAUCSD) accounts for updates.

An earlier CARTA Symposium addressed naturally occurring extraordinary variations of the human mind, and the lessons for Anthropogeny. In this companion symposium, experts will address altered states of the mind that are deliberately induced by humans. We will address what is known about origins and mechanisms of these mind-altering practices, and also (when known) how they affect the minds of other species. In doing so, we hope to gain new insights into the origins and workings of the human mind.

Event Sessions

Session Speakers
Psychedelics Frederick Barrett, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The dual action of nicotine as Cognitive enhancer and Addictive drug Jean-Pierre Changeux, Collège de France & Institut Pasteur
Alcohol Kenneth Kidd, Yale School of Medicine
Religious Practices Tom Csordas, University of California, San Diego
Addiction and Loss of Control George Koob, University of California, San Diego; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Rituals Ann Taves, University of California, Santa Barbara
Meditation Helen Weng, University of California, San Francisco

Registration Deadline: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:00 PM

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