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Psychedelics: Chemicals, Consciousness & Creativity

Thursday, September 8, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

For millennia, psychedelic substances have been used as sacraments, medicines, and tools to shift consciousness and expand the mind. Why have these compounds captivated humans for so long and how do they actually work in the brain? What are their benefits and pitfalls? And what is their impact on consciousness, our sense of connection, and our capacity for creativity? Activist Rick Doblin, neuroscientist Gül Dölen, and musician/comedian Reggie Watts join Brian Greene for a mind-bending conversation about these “magic molecules” and their transformative power.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Rick Doblin is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which has become one of the leading organizations behind modern psychedelic research. A pioneering …

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Gül Dölen is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her laboratory’s work focuses on how plasticity and neuromodulation govern social behavior and how …

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Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist, beatboxer, musician, and comedian. He blurs the lines between music and comedy in his live performances, which are 100% improvised. On screen, …

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