Neuropsychedelia & The Laboratory - kahpi course


Gain a rapid understanding of the history and culture of psychedelic science. Learn about a mystical reality of psychedelic neuroscience. | taught by Professor Nicolas Langlitz (PhD)
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Professor Nicolas Langlitz (PhD)
Professor Nicolas Langlitz (PhD)
Medical Anthropologist

About the Instructor

Professor Nicolas Langlitz is an anthropologist and historian of science. He is the author of the book Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research Since the Decade of the Brain (2012). He has researched psychedelic neuroscientists and the laboratory as a form of life while considering the relationship between mysticism and materialism in modern society. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York. He has two PhD degrees, one in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and the second in History of Medicine from Humboldt Universität / Freie Universität, Berlin. He was trained as a physician (medical doctor) before becoming a researcher and university professor.

"Professor Langlitz brings the much needed lens of medical anthropology to bear on the field of psychedelic research. Beyond providing a concise and poignant overview of the history of psychedelic research, he raises fascinating questions about how scientific knowledge and novel forms of spirituality are produced in the laboratory."

Dr. Jordan Sloshower ~ Psychiatrist, Yale University School of Medicine

By taking an anthropological lens and viewing psychedelic science, you can gain insight into a remarkable and very new type of culture: the exotic life of psychedelic scientists and the laboratory.

Does scientific research and its "rationality" make the psychedelic experience disenchanted and profane?

Acclaimed anthropologist Professor Nicolas Langlitz spent long periods of time in laboratories researching how and why scientists do research with psychedelic molecules. He discovered a new type of mysticism in a psychedelic laboratory.

Before teaching you this profound and insightful mysticism, Professor Langlitz gives you a concise history of the last 150 years of psychedelic research.

In the first part of the course, you'll learn:

  • Research in the 1800s on marijuana and the psychedelic compounds in the peyote cactus.
  • The massive popularity of psychedelic research in the 1950s.
  • The decline of psychedelic research in the 1960s and 70s.
  • The growth of psychedelic science since the 1980s.
  • A history of the psychedelic organisations MAPS and the Heffter Research Institute.

Neuropsychedelia & The Laboratory is 1 of 4 short courses in Kahpi's stream Medicine & Brain: The Science of Ayahuasca. Enroll in the complete stream and save $17.

You will then undertake a mind-bending exploration of the questions and philosophies that drive psychedelic neuroscientists.

What types of rituals and mystical beliefs shape the culture of psychedelic laboratories and psychedelic scientists?

Far from seeing the laboratory as a "cold" and purely rational place, Professor Langlitz shows you the laboratory as a profound realm of culture and life.

He focuses on a group of pioneering neuroscientists in a psychedelic laboratory in Switzerland to teach you about the link between mysticism, neuroscience and spiritual experience.

You'll have a full 6 weeks to complete the short course.

In the course, you'll also learn about the philosophies and radical experimentations of a neuroscientist who methodically explored many psychedelic compounds in an isolation float-tank.

Course Contents

18 Videos
1 Quiz
1 Text

A great way to start!

I found the course to be informative, well paced and extremely interesting. A perfect way to start delving into the subject. Well done!

Simon Heaysman

A great way to start!

I found the course to be informative, well paced and extremely interesting. A perfect way to start delving into the subject. Well done!

Simon Heaysman