Psychedelics and the Mind is a free course, offered by UC Berkeley, that delves deep into the intricate world of psychedelic substances and their profound connection with the human mind. Led by Professor David Presti, this comprehensive 8-module course seamlessly integrates the realms of science, history, and culture, catering to both newcomers and seasoned experts.
Participants will embark on a journey that elucidates the scientific intricacies of psychedelic compounds, the historical and cultural narratives surrounding their use, and the contemporary debates that shape their perception in today’s society.
With a rich tapestry of insights from leading experts such as Michael Pollan, Jennifer Mitchell, and Dacher Keltner, among others, students will emerge as well-informed individuals, equipped with a nuanced understanding of psychedelics’ significance in modern wellness, science, and cultural discourse.
Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.