Psychedelics & Tekhne: Modifying the Phenomenology of Altered States with Carl H Smith

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"We need to think about a new form of human becoming which has deeper interpretation on the potentialities of the future than Transhumanism" - Cadell Last

Psychedelics & Tekhne: Modifying the Phenomenology of Altered States of Consciousness

Tekhne, or techne, is derived from the Greek term technê, meaning art, craft, technique, or skill. 

In this talk and Q&A, Researcher and Cyberdelic Society Co-founder Carl H Smith will discuss our capacity to  intentionally alter the phenomenology of altered states of consciousness using different technologies such as sound, immersive media and machine learning.

Some of the key talk discussion points will include include: 

  • How is the relationship between psychedelics and tekhne evolving? 
  • How much does an FMRI scan influence the phenomenology of an intravenous nnDMT experience? 
  • What are the limitations and consequences of technologies currently being used to measure the effects of psychedelics?
  • Following from the recent extended-DMT Imperial College London trials, could extending the duration of short-acting psychedelics become a new trend?
  • How will machine learning affect drug discovery and will we start tripping the trip of the machine?

This talk will also include a participant report from the nnDMTX (Extended State) study at Imperial College London. The continuous infusion of the entheogen arguably turns this medicine into a new form of technology.

Speaker: Carl H Smith

Carl Hayden Smith is co-founder of the Cyberdelics Society and Founder of the Museum of Consciousness. His research concentrates on the relationship between technology and the human condition, with research interests including include Contextology (Context Engineering), Embodied Cognition, Spatial Literacy, Umwelt Hacking and Sensory Augmentation.

Raising over £10 million in research funding, Carl has worked on numerous large-scale Leonardo LifeLong Learning, Erasmus+, FP7, Horizon 2020 projects and the XPRIZE. He has given over 300 invited public lectures, conference presentations and keynotes in 40 countries and published more than 100 academic papers. 

Carl has also been very fortunate to be a participant of the nnDMT research at Imperial College London for the last six years and has been through all three phases, including: i) EEG ii) EEG+FMRI and iii) nnDMTx. Carl was also the first person in the world to sustain the full 5 doses of DMTx during the pilot phase of the study. 


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