Past Lectures

Selected Invited Colloquia

2013

Revisiting the Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Symposium in Honor of Professor Charles Townes' 98th birthday, UC Berkeley

Amsterdam & San Francisco: Pioneers in Cannabis Policy Reform
de Young Museum, San Francisco; Friday evening event in conjunction with Dutch art exhibition

Copenhagen pre-show: Bohr, Heisenberg, and the landscape of 20th-century science
Indra's Net Theater, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley

Brain, Mind and Consciousness Society, University of California, Santa Cruz
Mind, life, and interconnectivity

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
Thinking out of the box in biology and brain science

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Silence as a hallucinogen: reflections on John Cage, labyrinths, meditation, and the nature of mind

2012

Buddhist Studies Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley
Contemporary conversations between Buddhism and science

Brain, Mind and Consciousness Society, University of California, Santa Cruz
Consciousness: from science to soul

Berkeley City College Science Seminar Series
What neuroscience says about the mystery of human consciousness

California Cognitive Science Conference, UC Berkeley
Is cognitive science poised for a true scientific revolution in the study of mind?

Ligmincha Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia
Taking the Buddhism-science conversation to the next level

2011

International Conference on Cosmology and Consciousness, Dharamsala, India
New directions in the dialogue between Buddhism and science

Learn It, Live It Sustainability Lecture, UC Berkeley
This is your brain on fossil fuel

Science and Nonduality Conference, San Rafael, California
Psychedelic medicines and the neuroscience of consciousness

Staff Education Lecture, UC Berkeley Student Health Center
Teaching about Drugs and the Brain at UC Berkeley

Society for Asian Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Weaving a dialogue between Buddhism and science

Tamalpais High School Parent-Teacher Association, Mill Valley, California
Drug use and adolescence

Staff Education Lecture, Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley
Medicinal plants in human history

2010

Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley
Anomalous psychological phenomena: relevance to clinical issues and to the neuroscience of mind

Science @ Cal Lecture Series, UC Berkeley
What can neurobiology say about mind and consciousness?

Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, and Ligmincha Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia
New directions in the dialogue between Buddhism and science

Grand Rounds, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health Services, Santa Rosa, California
Pharmacologic treatment of psychosis: history and recent developments

Alcohol Research Group, Emeryville, California
New clinical research with psychedelic drugs

2009

Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Psychedelic medicines: some history and current research

Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Quantum mechanics and mental phenomena

Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai
History and current neurochemical research concerning psychiatric medications

Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley
Drug information and the internet

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
Brain science in the 21st century

2008

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Public Lecture Series, UC Berkeley
Brain, mind, consciousness

Science Cafe Community Education Event, San Francisco
Drug information and education

2007

Marin County Psychotherapy Association, California
Neurobiology, mind, and psychotherapy

Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley
Neuroscience and consciousness

University of California San Francisco Medical School, Brain Interest Group
Neuroscience and consciousness

Grand Rounds, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health Services, Santa Rosa, California
What can contemporary neuroscience say about consciousness?

Conference on Death and Dying: Scientific and Buddhist Perspectives, La Salle Medical University, Mexico City
Neurobiology, consciousness, death, and near-death

International Conference on Buddhism and Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Neurobiology and consciousness

Ask-A-Scientist Community Education Event, San Francisco
The mind-brain connection

2006

Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, UC Berkeley
Toward a revolution in the mind sciences

California Society of Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference, San Francisco
Neurobiology of addiction

Grand Rounds, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health Services, Santa Rosa, California
New directions in mind science

2005

Exploratorium Museum of Science, San Francisco
Dramatic art, genetics, and brain science

Grand Rounds, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa, California
Neurobiology of addiction

Unselt Lecture, Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley
This is your brain on plants

Ask-A-Scientist Community Education Event, San Francisco
Mind, brain, and consciousness

2004

Grand Rounds, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health Services, Santa Rosa, California
Neurobiology of addiction

Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley
The dialogue between Buddhism and brain science

2003

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Western Region Health Care Meeting, Reno, Nevada
Cannabis use in veterans having combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder

Grand Rounds, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health Services, Santa Rosa, California
Neurobiology of addiction

2001

California Society of Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference, Los Angeles
History and pharmacology of MDMA

American Society of Addiction Medicine National Meeting, Los Angeles
Chemistry and behavioral effects of club drugs

1999

International Conference on Yoga Research, Bangalore, India
Brain chemistry and ananda

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC
What's new in the pharmacology of illicit drugs?

1998

Interval Research Corporation, Palo Alto, California
Neurobiology of reward

1997

Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Veterans Affiars Medical Center, San Francisco
Marijuana: medical, psychological, and neurobiological aspects

1996

Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Department of Veterans Affiars Medical Center, San Francisco
The internet, education, and drug information

1995

California Society of Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference, Los Angeles
New clinical research with schedule one drugs