Academic education: Biology, Psychology, and PNK at Univ. of California (Berkeley), Greifswald, Heidelberg, Konstanz, and Magdeburg
Focus of interest
i) 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. What is the epistemological value of ego dissolution for understanding selfhood, the subjectivity of consciousness, and phenomenality per se?
ii) Institutionalization of a Bewusstseinskultur: Our society needs to institutionalize a scientifically informed consciousness culture 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. What is a good state of consciousness and which states are we willing to integrate into our culture?
i) MIND Foundation (since Nov. 2016): MIND promotes the development of psychedelic science, and its application to practice in order to facilitate human development, health and well-being through high quality research, evidence based interventions, policies and participative practices.
ii) Wer ist dieser Ich? (Apr.–Jul. 2017): Interdisciplinary and intercultural lecture series about the self. Realized through the financial support of the Udo Keller Foundation Forum Humanum.
iii) Durmstädter Brandnamen (Sep. 2014): Intervention in den Diskurs um den trans-generationellen Transfer der tätergesellschaftlichen Gefühlserbschaft in Darmstadt.
»Yet it can be distinguished if we look attentively enough, and if we know that there is something to look for.« (George Edward Moore)