2:45pm - 3:15pm
Ecological Consciousness, Phenomenology and Translational Neurosciences: What Role Psychedelics Play in the Shaping of a View on Consciousness Beyond the Individual and Across Species?
“If my consciousness has a body why wouldn’t other bodies have consciousness?” this quote of the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty puts the frame for this presentation. This talk will present evidence from translational neuroscience, in which findings from both human and animal studies converge. The question arises whether embodiment can be understood as the basic vector carrying consciousness and whether this embodied consciousness can be used to connect between distinct individuals but also to build bridges across species. What is the contribution of the psychedelic experience to this? And what could be practical implications of adapting to a phenomenological view in science and in society in order to address the big challenges our whole planetary community is facing nowadays?