Federico Ferretti

Federico Ferretti

Federico Ferretti

Federico’s research is concerned with new forms of scientific engagment emerging outside estabilished academia in an era of highly distributed knowledge production. He is currently a doctoral student in science and technology studies within University of Maastricht and has previously studied computer engineering and cognitive science. He lives along the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy where in his free time he loves to be sorrounded by nature .

TITLE (POSTER): Psychedelics and Paradigm Shift

As part of the policy rhetoric, “innovation” is commonly presented as the only effective way to rescue society from the current socioeconomic crises. Unfortunately, the evidence presented thus far is far from conclusive in showing that such an assumption offers real solutions to inequalities, depletion of resources and personal dissatisfaction within society. Similar considerations have recently casted doubts about those narratives on which societal objectives are being based, progressively bringing attention to alternative cross disciplinary approaches even inside official academic and policy rooms (see http://ec.europa.eu/culture/policy/new-narrative/index_en.htm). If the fundamental challenge revolves around how it is possible (if at all) to deliberately trigger shifts in the current socioeconomic paradigms, so far such alternatives mostly remain discursively confined.
The aim of my contribution, in the form of a poster session, is to put light on a particular assumption that has enjoyed little attention in the prevailing alternative perspectives on innovation: one’s consciousness, emotional feeling, and wellbeing are evolutionarily as fundamental as the capacity of rational inquiry. Beside rationality, through which this or that new technology (i.e.,the blockchain) is assessed likely to offer potential for societal change, new and old practices dealing with the body-mind ensemble concept are slowly coming back in our societies under names such as “collective intelligence”, “self-hacking” and the like. These include consciousness altering and are supposed to alternatively set one’s propensity towards “new ways of learning and experiencing the self and the world” therefrom favoring different understandings of concept such as “progress” or ”sustainability”.
After going through the poster and some reflections therein presented (also explaining the “alternative perspectives” currently and officially accepted and investigated  in science for policy) attendees will be able to give their stances on how to position  the role of psychedelics and other body-mind oriented disciplines  currently left out the official discourse on innovation.  A dedicated answer box will be set up to cellect such contributions which I will analyze and make available to the Beyond Psychedelic community after the conference.