This transdisciplinary seminar brings together experts from different fields such as neuroscience, psychology & psychotherapy, philosophy and consciousness research to advance the critical dialogue about recent developments and future directions in psychedelic research. Public lectures by invited speakers will be complemented by plenary discussions.

This seminar is hosted by the Reconnect Foundation in collaboration with Studentisches Forum für Psychoanalyse at the University of Zurich.

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Psychedelic Plant Teachers

Monday, May 13, 18:15 - 19:45, University of Zurich

Jeremy Narby
Anthropologist and Author

An anthropologist tries to reconcile science and Amazonian plant knowledge, drawing concepts from both sides. Plants like ayahuasca and tobacco can act both as “psychedelics” , meaning mind-revealing, and as “teachers", in that they allow knowledge to be gained. But working with plant teachers is tricky, and has ups and downs. Beacuse they are mind-revealing, the experience one can have after ingesting them depends on who one is. Ultimately, when working with plant teachers, going back and forth between systems of knowledge is a slow process that can be rewarding, but that also has its perils.