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Jahan Khamsehzadeh, Ph.D. completed his dissertation on psychedelics in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His book, “Psychedelic Revolution: Psilocybin Mushrooms, Human Evolution, and Psychotherapy”, will be published by North Atlantic Books Spring 2022. He earned his Masters in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and his Bachelors in Philosophy with minors in Physics, Psychology, and Mathematics from the University of Arizona. Jahan is a graduate of Hakomi somatic-psychotherapy and trained within the Mazatec mushroom lineage. For two years he assisted the Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Certificate training at CIIS and now mentors at the emerging School of Consciousness Medicine. He works as a facilitator for legal psilocybin mushrooms ceremonies in Jamaica with Atman Retreats. He facilitates a monthly public group with the San Francisco Psychedelic Society called “Developing a Relationship with Sacred Mushrooms”.

September 19, 2020, 11:30 PM

Psychedelic Evolution

A talk by Dr. Jahan Khamsehzadeh
Author, Guide, Facilitator, Researcher, Educator, School of Consciousness Medicine, SF Psychedelic Society, PsiloHealth, Atman Retreats

New studies in neuroscience show that psilocybin stimulates neurogenisis (the growth of new neurons), spinogenesis (the re-enlivening of dendrites), and creates a hyper-connected brain state. As the mycologist Paul Stamets notes, the most common mushroom in the African Savannahs (where humans evolved) are psilocybin mushrooms. Over sixty percent of participants using psilocybin in clinical studies report a mystical experience. Could psilocybin give a chemical, neurological, and ecological explanation for the emergence of humanity and religion? This idea, first put forward by Dennis and Terence Mckenna, will be presented in detail, including all the latest science and research. We will then explore the impact of discovering that psychedelics might have played a pivotal role in the emergence of humanity might have on the movement and on the identity of humanity.

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