Focus of interest: ⒜ Philosophy and Cognitive neuroscience of self 🔗, subjectivity, and altered states of consciousness: The conceptual and empirical study of etiology-independent disruptions of subpersonal processes underlying the phenomenal self fosters our phenomenological, psychological, and ontological knowledge and understanding of (self-)consciousness, its capacities, its pathologies, and its subjectivity. My fundamental question is: What is the epistemological value of ego dissolution for understanding selfhood and the subjectivity of consciousness? ⒝ Institutionalization of a consciousness culture: Our society needs to institutionalize a scientifically informed culture of consciousness 🔗 that sufficiently individuates harmful and desirable states of consciousness beyond questionable classifications of pharmacological as bad and non-pharmacological as non-harmful technologies of consciousness. The crucial question is: What is a good state of consciousness and which states are we willing to integrate into our culture?
Selected projects: ⒜ MIND Foundation 🔗 (since Nov. 2016): Establishing the psychedelic experience as a tool for personal and societal development. ⒝ Wer ist dieser Ich? 🔗 (Apr.–Jul. 2017): Interdisciplinary and intercultural lecture series about the self. ⒞ Durmstädter Brandnamen 🔗 (Sep. 2014): Intervention in den Diskurs um den trans-generationellen Transfer der tätergesellschaftlichen Gefühlserbschaft in Darmstadt.
»For my part, I must plead the privilege of a skeptic, and confess, that this difficulty is too hard for my understanding.« – David Hume