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Webinar: Science and Psychedelics: A Conversation with Dennis McKenna

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Dennis McKenna, Ph.D is an iconic ethnopharmacologist exploring the world’s visible and unseen biosphere as they intersect with human consciousness. His remarkable memoir, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss (2012), reveals the interconnectedness of all that is perceived as creation intersecting with the fraught lens of being human. Experiences in Amazonia with his late brother, Terrence McKenna, led Dennis to explore new worlds discovered within academic pursuits in the field of ethnopharmacology. Exploring time and space outside of their physical limitations, he seeks to understand and share his experience of the natural world inside out, based on a profound understanding of the duality of experiential knowledge and science. Maybe he’ll help us answer the age-old question “What is reality?” Or, maybe he’ll help us to understand what is not reality. Join us on this ethnobotanical journey.

Dennis McKenna Ph.D.

Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon.

His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, in collaboration with colleagues, he incorporated a new non-profit, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford, B.C.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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