Biology of Consciousness: William James to Richard Schultes and Beyond

Date: 

Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Image: Biology of Consciousness: William James to Richard Schultes and Beyond lecture, speakers Davíd Carrasco and Brian D. Farrell

Free Public Lecture

Brian D. Farrell, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, Harvard Divinity School and the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

How do biological and cultural forces shape the development of consciousness? In this interdisciplinary dialogue, Brian Farrell and Davíd Carrasco will draw on the work of two earlier Harvard professors—psychologist William James and ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes—to consider whether culture is fundamentally biological, or whether the biology of consciousness is shaped by experience. The speakers will reflect on James’ “religious propensities” and Schultes’ study of psychoactive substances among Indigenous peoples in exploring the biological and cultural doors of perception. 

If you are interested in some advance reading on the topic, visit this website.

Live streaming will be available through this link.

Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University