Plant Sentience, Evolutionary Cognition, and Biodiversity

March 31-April 13, 2018

Jeremy Narby, Anthropologist
Ede Frecska, Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist
Franz Treichler, Musician, Ethnomusicologist
Luis Eduardo Luna, Anthropologist

Lectures by Jeremy Narby

  • Beyond the Anthopo-Scene.
  • Why is the Amazon so bio-diverse?
  • The ups and downs of working with plant teachers.

Jeremy Narby grew up in Canada and Switzerland, studied history at the University of Canterbury, and received his doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University. He is the author of The Cosmic Serpent, DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (1995), and Intelligence in Nature (2005). He is co-editor with Francis Huxley of Shamans Through Time: 500 Years on the Path to Knowledge (2001).

Lectures by Ede Frecska

  • Parmenides, the Way of Truth and nonlocality.
  • DMT, the guardian of life and death.
  • Microbiota: a tropical rainforest inside you.

Ede Frecska received his medical degree in 1977 from the Semmelweis University in Hungary. He then earned qualifications as certified psychologist from the Department of Psychology at Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest. Dr. Frecska completed his residency training in Psychiatry both in Hungary (1986), and in the United States (1992). He is a qualified psychopharmacologist (1987) of international merit with 17 years of clinical and research experience in the United States, where he reached the rank of Associate Professorship. During his academic years, Dr. Frecska’s studies were devoted to research on schizophrenia and affective illness. In his recent research he is engaged in studies on psychointegrator drugs, especially on the physiological effects of DMT in acute and chronic cellular stress like hypoxia. His theoretical work focuses on the interface between cognitive neuroscience and quantum brain dynamics. He is specifically interested in the mechanism of initiation ceremonies and healing rituals. He published more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frecska is a member of several professional organizations (APA, ECNP, CINP), and has received grants and awards from a variety of sources (NARSAD, NIAA).

Ede Frecska is a co-author with Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz and Luis Eduardo Luna of Inner Paths to Outer Space and has chapters in Ervin Laszlo’s books (The New Science and Spirituality Reader and A New Map of Reality). A recent study lead by him, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, proves that ayahuasca increases creativity and another one in Frontiers in Neuroscience that DMT has neuroprotective effect in hypoxia.

Lecture/workshop by Franz Treichler

  • A universal language. (Popular) music as a shamanic experience.
    A subjective history of music by a musician born in the early 60s. A trajectory that starts with the beginnings of psychedelic music,
    goes back to Bach, passes through punk, the industrial and electronic music and leads to today’s world of sound.
  • Amazonian forest sound immersion.
    A quadrophonic live sound performance with field recordings.
    An hour of total immersion in a Amazonian forest, performed in the dark.
  • Yoshtoyoshto
    A live performance with Jeremy Narby. Including texts, live sounds and images.

Frantz Treichler was born in 1961 in Switzerland, Franz Treichler is an eclectic musician who can as well enjoy playing classical guitar, or experimental music. He is the founder member and singer of « The Young Gods », an electronic rock band that exists since 22 years. Many international tours and an avant-garde sound production have made « The Young Gods », a reference in the musical world. You can hear their music in Hollywood productions, underground short movies, theatre pieces, sound installations or in the most unexpected places : they have been asked to compose music for the Federal Office for Health, Geneva’s museum of Science and have designed together with anthropologue Jeremy Narby a sonic conference called « Amazonia Ambient Project ». Parallelly to his work with his band, Franz Treichler has collaborated 7 years with Gilles Jobin’s contemporary dance company, produced and remixed many international bands, performed with visual artists, soundtracked live 1920’s experimental movies and recorded indigenous people in Amazonia.

Lectures by Luis Eduardo Luna

  • Animism and personhood in Amerindian cosmology
  • Animal and plant intelligence. The view of (some) evolutionary biologists.
  • Ayahuasca and yajé in the 21st century

Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna was born in Florencia, in the Colombian Amazon region (1947). He studied Philosophy and Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, earned an interdisciplinary Masters degree while teaching Spanish and Latin American Literature at the Department of Romance Languages of Oslo University. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, from where he retired, and a former Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (1994-1998). He received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Comparative Religion at Stockholm University (1989), and an honorary doctorate from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York (2000).

Luna is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is the author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism Among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon (1986), and with Pablo Amaringo of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman (1991). He is co-editor with Steven F. White of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine (2000, with a revised new edition in 2016), and co-author with Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz and Ede Frecska of Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies. In 1986 he co-founded with Pablo Amaringo the Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting of Pucallpa, Peru, serving as its Director of International Exhibitions until 1994. He has lectured about Amazonian shamanism and modified states of consciousness worldwide, and has curated exhibitions of visionary art in several countries. Luis Eduardo Luna is the Director of Wasiwaska.

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