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
Cognitive enhancement: nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, amphetamines, and anesthesia Jean-Pierre Changeux, Collège de France & Institut Pasteur
Religious Practices Tom Csordas, University of California, San Diego
Alcohol metabolism and alcoholism Kenneth Kidd, Yale School of Medicine
Addiction and Loss of Control George Koob, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; National Institute on Drug Abuse
The Neural Underpinnings of Mindfulness Read Montague, Virginia Tech
Altered States in Animal and Human Rituals Ann Taves, University of California, Santa Barbara
Intersectional neuroscience: meditation and diversity Helen Weng, University of California, San Francisco
Peripartum depression Barbara Parry, University of California, San Diego

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

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