A Day on Changing Consciousness

A Day on Changing Consciousness

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University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Library

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SE10 9BD

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Change how you see the world in this day of talks exploring the fascinating mysteries of human consciousness.

About this event

** Attend in-person or via livestream connection.**

Right now, tens of billions of neurons are working together in your brain so that you can read these words.

How does this happen?

For the longest time, consciousness was life’s greatest mystery; something we thought we’d never understand.

Indeed, attempts to understand how the brain produces consciousness have, until now, been unsuccessful, leading many to conclude that it’s an unsolvable problem.

However, new developments in cutting-edge neuroscience, physics, and evolutionary biology are beginning to show that we may have been looking in the wrong place, and that the materialist assumption that consciousness arises only as a result of brain processes is not only reductionist, but also scientifically inaccurate.

In this conference, we’ll explore consciousness paradigms that go beyond the brain, how they work, why they matter, and how understanding them can enhance your everyday experience of reality.


  • Panpsychism: Is Everything Conscious? Why attempts to explain consciousness from within the current scientific paradigm have largely been unsuccessful, the case for panpsychism and how consciousness may be a fundamental feature of all physical matter (from subatomic particles to the human brain), and the practical implications this has for how we see the world, and live our lives - Dr Philip Goff, PhD
  • Is Reality an Illusion? The growing evidence base showing how the 'reality' we see everyday might be an illusion created by our minds, why we don't see what's really there, but instead only what helps us to survive, and how understanding this can fundamentally change both how you see the world, and how you interact with it - Professor Donald Hoffman, PhD (via video live link)
  • From Ego-Centric to Eco-Centric: Changing Consciousness through Psychedelics; How these extraordinary organisms transform our worldview, enhance our connection to nature, and the implications this has for human wellbeing and the planet at a time of growing disconnection and ecological destruction - Dr Sam Gandy, PhD

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From Ego-Centric to Eco-Centric: Changing Consciousness through Psychedelics - Dr Sam Gandy, PhD

Dr Sam Gandy is a PhD ecologist, researcher and science writer, and has experience of working within the psychedelic field, as a past scientific assistant to the director of the Beckley Foundation, and as an ecopsychological coordinator and research assistant with the Synthesis Institute. Sam is a lifelong nature lover and has been fortunate enough to conduct ecological field research in various parts of the world. He currently works as a senior science writer for Wavepaths, and consultant for PsiClone, a company which has recently been granted permission from the Home Office to produce psilocybin in organic fungal form. He is also a collaborator with the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, with a research interest in the capacity of psychedelics to influence our connection to nature. You can follow him on Twitter @SamwiseGandy.

Panpsychism: Is Everything Conscious?- Dr Philip Goff, PhD

Dr Philip Goff, PhD is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. Goff’s main research focus is consciousness, but he is interested in many questions about the nature of reality. Goff is most known for defending panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world.

Goff has authored an academic book with Oxford University Press – Consciousness and Fundamental Reality – and a book aimed at a general audience – Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness. He is currently working on a book exploring the middle ground between God and atheism. Goff has published 45 academic articles as well as writing extensively for newspapers and magazines, including Scientific American, The Guardian, Aeon, and the Times Literary Supplement. The interview with Goff by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gareth Cook was one of the most viewed articles in Scientific American of 2020. You can check more of his work at www.philipgoffphilosophy.com and follow him on Twitter @Philip_Goff.

Is Reality an Illusion?- Professor Donald Hoffman, PhD (via video live link)

Prof. Donald Hoffman, PhD received his PhD from MIT, and joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine in 1983, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence, and The Case Against Reality. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award from the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Edge, New Scientist, LA Review of Books, and Scientific American and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. You can watch his TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?” and you can follow him on Twitter @donalddhoffman.

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Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: From Ego-Centric to Eco-Centric: Changing Consciousness through Psychedelics - Dr Sam Gandy, PhD
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Panpsychism: Is Everything Conscious?- Dr Philip Goff, PhD
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Is Reality an Illusion?- Professor Donald Hoffman, PhD (via video live link)

Please note - all times are in BST.

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Why Attend Live?

  • Get exclusive access to the content - at least six months before anyone else
  • Interact with world class speakers and leading academics in real time, and get your questions answered in the Q&A sessions
  • Build lasting relationships with a community of likeminded people as you interact throughout the talks
  • Earn a CPD certificate and demonstrate your commitment to ongoing professional development.


How does the Livestream work?

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

How can I access the recordings?

Ticket buyers who purchase the recordings 'add-on' for £7.50 (see tickets) will receive:

— Unedited recordings of all lectures at 11am (UK time) the day following the event.

— Fully edited recordings of all lectures 10 days following the event.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

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