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Is a rational and evidence-based enculturation of the psychedelic experience possible? A Philosophical Perspective

In this short talk, I will first explain the concept of a “consciousness culture” and then give some brief examples of why psychedelic experiences are interesting if viewed from the perspective of philosophy of mind, applied ethics, and cognitive science. I will argue that it would be a mistake to simply legalize the classical hallucinogens, but that the real challenge lies fostering a very careful, ethically motivated and scientifically grounded process of “enculturation”: A process of creating a new cultural context in which all members of society can profit from the intrinsic value of these psychoactive substances, while at the same time minimizing risks and cultivating a rational, evidence-based strategy for harm-reduction. How do we integrate science, individual experience, and social praxis? Are there philosophical virtues that can help us to create a new debate culture? How can we deal with prejudices, irrational positions, and the complacency of those “who simply know better” in a productive way? In order to initiate a more systematic discussion I will once again present some first building blocks for an Enculturation Protocol.

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Date

September 5th 2019

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19:45 - 20:25

Location

Auditorium
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Thomas Metzinger
Prof. Dr.

Thomas Metzinger

Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz more about the speaker

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With your ticket you will have access to the whole conference - with keynotes, panels, round tables, posters and daylight social events. We will ask for a small extra fee for the Friday evening social program. The pre-conference workshops have to be booked separately and each workshop needs an individual ticket. By clicking on "Book now" below you also have the option to buy your workshop tickets.

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