Sep 1, 2017
We welcome French cultural anthropologist and philosopher Martin
Fortier on the show for this episode to discuss his
research into how culture influences cognition. His
current PhD research project consists of exploring the interplay
between neurobiological processes and culture in hallucinogenic
experiences. His main fieldwork is located in Shipibo
communities of the Middle Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon.
Martin Fortier, Ph.D. Candidate, is
currently a doctoral student at Institut Jean Nicod (a lab hosted
by the Department of Cognitive Studies of ENS-Paris) and at the
Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences of EHESS-Paris. He is
also a visiting student researcher at the Department of
Anthropology of Stanford University.
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Full Show Notes at
- Martin's educational history and experience.
- The Sense of Reality; how we build models of the world and
how/why we believe it to be real.
- Feeling "reality" vs. judging "reality".
- The experiential differences between serotonergic/psychedelic
drugs (psilocybin, mescaline, LSD, etc) and
- Experiential qualities: waking state vs serotonergic
psychedelics vs. cholinergic psychedelics vs. dreaming vs.
- .Ayahuasca/hallucinogenic visions as metaphorical
- Unpacking how the most valuable things in life are fiction /
the hard problem of consciousness.
- Rationally exploring the hallucinogenic entities/spirits
- The role of the shaman.
- Honouring the indigenous cosmology while researching it from a
western scientific framework / mitigating cultural appropriation
within anthropological research.
- Scientific framework vs. indigenous cosmology.
- The nature of schizophrenia and psychopathologies and the
potentials of ayahuasca shamanism as a potential treatment.
- Will psychedelics be important to philosophy? Should
philosophers take psychedelics?