162. Gellnerovský seminář – Michael Winkelman


Pozvánka

 

Česká asociace pro sociální antropologii

a

Masarykova česká sociologická společnost

ve spolupráci s

Institutem sociologických studií Fakulty sociálních věd UK

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162. GELLNEROVSKÝ SEMINÁŘ

Gellnerovský seminář založen Jiřím Musilem a Petrem Skalníkem v roce 1998

který se bude konat

 

v úterý 26. září 2017 od 17:30 hod.

 

na Fakultě sociálních věd Univerzity Karlovy
Praha 1, Smetanovo nábřeží 6 (Hollar), místnost 115
(za zapůjčení místnosti velice děkujeme
Institutu komunikačních studií a žurnalistiky FSV UK)

 

Vystoupí

 

Michael Winkelman, Ph.D.

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Arizona State University

 

na téma

 

Shamanism and Human Nature

 

 

 

Zdeněk UHEREK,v.r., Nikola BALAŠ v.r., Alena MILTOVÁ,v.r.

 

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Michael Winkelman, Ph.D.

Michael Winkelman, Ph.D. (University of California-Irvine 1985) retired from the School of
Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University in 2009. He was President
of the Anthropology of Consciousness section of the American Anthropological Association,
as was the founding President of its Anthropology of Religion Section. Winkelman has
engaged in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research on shamanism, psychedelics and
altered states of consciousness, focusing principally on the universal patterns of shamanism
and identifying the associated biological bases. His principal publications on shamanism
include Shamans, Priests and Witches (1992) which provides a cross-cultural examination of
the nature of shamanism; and Shamanism: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness
and Healing (originally 2000, 2nd edition 2010). Shamanism provides a biogenetic model of
shamanism that explains the evolutionary origins of spiritual healing in ancient ritual
capacities. This biogenetic structuralist approach is expanded in an assessment of the
evolutionary origins of religion in his co-authored Supernatural as Natural (with John Baker,
2008). These approaches provide a framework for understanding the necessary role of
psychedelics in human evolution and their continued application in healing (also see
Psychedelic Medicine [2007], co-edited with Tom Roberts). Winkelman’s work has shown
that shamanism and psychedelics have a deep intersection in human evolution; these
capacities for altering consciousness continue to be an important part of human experience
and well-being today. Winkelman is currently living near Pirenopolis in the central highlands
of Brazil where he is engaged in developing permaculture-based intentional communities.

 

Shamanism and Human Nature

The concept of shamanism has a long history of been applied to spiritual and religious
practices in societies around the world. Worldwide similarities in shamanistic practices
suggest that are not results of local factors, but rather constitute a phenomena with a basis in
factors fundamental to human nature. This talk elaborates on the principles of shamanism
revealed by cross-cultural research, using these shamanic features to identify the ancient
biological bases of this phenomena. Features such as collective rituals, alterations of
consciousness and experiences of the spirit world reflect evolved principles of the brain that
facilitated the adaptations of ancient humans and their societies. These same principles are
still part of human nature today, features of the operation of consciousness and our nervous
system. Consequently the dynamics of shamanism continues to have important implications
for human well-being, being applied in healing, addictions treatment and personal
development.