If you’ve seen TEDGLOBAL speaker Jason Silva, Rich Doyle will blow you away. He’s one of Jason’s biggest inspirations, and this talk will take you out of your comfort zone and force you to THINK.

Professor Doyle is the Liberal Arts Research Professor at Penn State University, where he taught since 1994. Since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture. After completing a PhD at UC Berkeley and a post doctoral fellowship at MIT, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and written a trilogy of scholarly books on the effects of information technologies on human evolution and the effects of language on consciousness. His latest, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants & The Evolution of the Noosphere, focuses on the co-evolution of humans with psychedelic plants such as psilocybin, cannabis, and ayahuasca as humans explored the space of all possible states of consciousness with the same fervor as they explored the external world.

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