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Mycelium: Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms (SOLD OUT)
Sat, 24 September 2016, 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM EDT
PLEASE NOT THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT (no tickets will be available at the door)
"Magic" mushrooms have been used for thousands of years as a medicine of the mind, or as some might say, the soul. They are prized for their capacity to initiate profound mystical experiences that are life changing in a scientifically verifiable way. However, in spite of their usefullness for psychiatric reseach, neuroscience and arguably the general well being society, they are classified as a dangerous controlled substance and witheld from the people who might use them as the tools they are. This cliassification is contradictory to the facts we have so far gained.
This conference is a part of the 920 day of action. The aim is to bring the discussion of psychedelic compounds into public discourse; to learn about psilocybin and about the human experience; this is also an opportunity for the academics, spiritual searchers, scientists, artists, healers and psychonauts who have an interest, in the properties and potential of psychedelic compounds to network. It has been said by many that there is a psychedelic renaissance going on... Be a part of it.
See below for the confirmed speakers and more information about the event - updates will be coming soon!
This is a nonprofit event. After covering the costs of the conference, the remainder of the income generated from the tickets will be donated to one of the following groups that are making psychedelic research happen:
The Beckley Foundation - http://beckleyfoundation.org/
The Heffter Institute - https://heffter.org/
MAPS - maps.org
The 920 Coalition is a collaboration of the following organizations, and individuals around the world.
The 920 Coalition organizes events around the world each year on 9/20, focused on research and the role that psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms play in our society and health care system.
Hosted by the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
MAPS Canada http://www.mapscanada.org/
U of T Jungian Society http://jungiansociety.com/
Locaiton: University of Toronto Sidney Smith Hall -
Kenneth Tupper - Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Title: Psychedelic Medicine: A re-emerging Therapeutic Paradigm
Kenneth’s talk covers the renewed medical interest in psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca and MDMA, as adjuncts to psychotherapeutic treatments for illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. It reviews findings from recent human subject studies showing that psychedelic research can be conducted in a safe and scientifically rigorous manner and demonstrating successful results for these treatments, with significant clinical improvements and few if any serious adverse side-effects. It concludes with reflection on how emerging psychedelic research findings may have implications for future medical and neuroscientific research and health professional education and training.
John Vervaeke- Director of the University of Toronto Cognitive Science Program
John is a professor of Cognitive Sciene at the University of Toronto, and director of the Cognitive Science Program. His research focuses on wisdom, relevance realization and cognitive development.
Title: Why Altering Consciousness Can Have Cognitive and Sapiential Effects.
Several current theories of consciousness are converging on the idea that the main function of consciousness is to zero in on relevant information so as to frame problems in an adaptive and solvable manner. Sometimes that framing process feeds back on itself in the reframing process called insight. By altering consciousness we gain the ability to enhance our problem framing abilities and insight processing. Such enhancement is already experienced in the Flow state, i.e., being in the zone, which is correlated with enhanced performance and creativity.
This talk will argue that consciousness' central role in our cognitive lives is to realize relevance, enhance insight, and afford Flow. Drugs such as Psilocybin work to create brain networks that can plausibly be interpreted as implementing and enhancing the relevance realization machinery of conscious to induce insight and Flow transformations. Sometimes these transformations are so recursive and comprehensive that they becomes a radical change in our fundamental framing of reality which could be seen in changes in personality and one's salience landscape.
Andrew earned his B.A. in Literature and Psychoanalyis at Yale University, and his M.A. studying Jungian Depth Psychology and Mythology and the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a avid researcher of the spiritual history of psilocybin mushrooms, and has dedicated himself to an in depth investigation of the spiritual science of working religiously with entheogens. Since 2008, he has participated and rigorously documented over 385 ayahuasca ceremonies in the Santo Daime tradition. Bringing together the hermetic lineage of alchemy with the modern psychology of Carl Jung, the ancient wisdom of entheogenic shamanism, and the creative wisdom of modern mythology and visionary art, Andrew has created the School of Modern Soul Science, which repurposes the ancient soul science of initiation for the modern soul grappling with the modern spiritual crisis of our age. He will be speaking about the spiritual history of psilocybin mushrooms, and their present and future potential as catalysts of spiritual evolution.
Teri is a research fellow at the Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has studied mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and computational neuroscience at Boston University, and she has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School. Funded by the Research Council of Norway, Teri has published a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of LSD for alcoholism, showing a sustained beneficial effect following a single dose of LSD (an independent assessment for the UK NHS reported, “The review was generally well conducted and the authors’ cautious conclusions are likely to be reliable”), a large population study of mental health in people who have used psychedelics, showing that psychedelic use does not appear to increase mental health problems and may even improve mental health, and a neurobiological rationale for using MDMA to augment exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. Teri’s research has been featured in Nature News, BBC World News, Scientific American, and many other media sources. Teri is board leader of EmmaSofia, a non-profit organization based in Oslo, Norway, working to increase access to quality-controlled MDMA and psychedelics.
Anderson Todd is the Assistant Director of U of T's Wisdom and Consciousness Lab. In addition to teaching in the Cognitive Science program at the University of Toronto, he consults as an enrichment education specialist, and is training towards his certification as a Registered Psychotherapist. His current research interests include intelligence amplification, neurofeedback, lucid dreaming, and practical psychotechnology.
Title: Beyond Mere Addiction: Iboga and the Frontiers of Psychedelic Psychotherapy
Interest in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is reemerging from the underground as the scientific establishment has begun to acknowledge the transformative potential of these substances. One great area of promise has been in the treatment of addictions, where renewed attention is being paid to a range of substances from LSD and psilocybin to the far-less-well-known (but rising star) iboga. However, looking closely at the effects of iboga in the treatment of addiction reveals some surprising and profound implications that have the potential to go beyond mere addiction to alter the nature of psychotherapy itself.
Deploying regional expertise with cultures in Europe, North America, Amazonia, and Mesoamerica, I am an anthropologist whose research and publications bridge the anthropology of religion with medical anthropology, consciousness studies, and cognitive archaeology. Based on fieldwork and interviews with European and North American members of a new religious movement called Santo Daime, I hold a Ph.D. from Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) and recently completed a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Study of Religion department at University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). I am now affiliated as a Research Fellow with Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). For more on research and publications, see my personal webpage at: https://sites.google.com/site/marcblainey/
Title: Psychoactive Mushrooms in Ancient and Modern Art: Anthropological Perspectives from Mesoamerica and Europe
To help contextualize ongoing debates about ritual and medicinal uses of mind-altering substances, this talk reflects on visual representations of psychoactive mushrooms in ancient and modern contexts. First, I present archaeological and ethnographic evidence regarding the ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms among indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica (i.e. Central America). Second, the experimental sculptures of Belgian artist Carsten Höller have pushed legal and ideological boundaries in European exhibitions dealing with the shamanic legacy of Amanita muscaria ("Fly Agaric") mushrooms. As Western scholars and therapists move to reconsider the status of mind-altering fungi, it is crucial that we incorporate ideas and knowledge developed over thousands of years by mushroom specialists from non-Western cultures.
A writer and a folk musician, Andy has a D.Phil in Ecology from Oxford University and a PhD in the Study of Religion from Winchester University. He is the author of the critically acclaimed 'Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom' and has published a range of articles and academic papers on subjects as diverse as psychedelics, paganism, bardism, environmental protest, fairies, shamanism and evolution.
Talk Title: Magic mushrooms: past, present and future
Andy Letcher, author of the acclaimed “Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom” takes a look at the history of psilocybin mushrooms, dispelling some myths along the way. He considers the implications of some of the scientific research that is happening now, and asks what this means for the magic mushroom in the years to come.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms! ($5, unless enough tickets are sold)
Learn a quick and easy method for growing your own mushrooms! Mushrooms in general are fascinating and nutritious, not just psychedelic ones. This workshop will cost an additional $5 for the supplies involved, and you will take home your own mini mushroom terrarium that will allow you to grow and cultivate your own Lion's Mane Mushrooms
Morning Yoga w/ Antuanette
Start the day off with a morning yoga session, hosted by Antuanette Gomez. http://www.zenlivinglifestyle.com/news/ Antuanette is an instructor for ganja yoga and runs a number of different workshops on such subjects as tantra, and psilocybin Mushrooms.