- January 24, 2014
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Join ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna as he discusses his new book, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna, as well as the emerging renaissance in psychedelic research. No longer "under the radar," psychedelics are getting a lot of press and positive attention for their potential medical applications for treatment of PTSD, end of life anxiety, addictions, and much more. In addition to reading passages from his book, Dennis will show clips from the just-released documentary by award-winning filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull: Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines, which he describes as "really the best educational documentary on this topic to come along in some time." Q & A and stimulating conversations will follow! Signed copies of the book and DVD will be available for purchase.
Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He is the author of many scientific papers, and co-author, with his brother Terence McKenna, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching, and Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide. He holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on ayahuasca and oo-koo-hé, two hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1990, he joined Shaman Pharmaceuticals as Director of Ethnopharmacology, and in 1993 became the Aveda Corporation's Senior Research Pharmacognosist. Dennis has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He has taught summer field courses in Peru and Ecuador, and has conducted fieldwork throughout the upper Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.
Friday, January 24, 2014
CIIS Main Building
$10/$15 at the door
This event co-sponsored by ERIE: Entheogenic Research Integration & Education>>