Dr. Sebastián Marincolo
is a former student of the philosophers Manfred Frank, Gianfranco Soldati, William G. Lycan, and Simon Blackburn, and has received numerous academic fellowships and awards from various institutions, including the DFG (German Research Foundation), the DAAD (German academic exchange service) and the Fulbright Commission. His research focus is on the philosophy of mind, neurocognition, and on the cannabis high. Marincolo has published a series of essays on the marijuana high, co-edited bewusstseinserweiterungen (“mind expansions”), an issue of the German internetzine “parapluie”, and published three books on the marijuana high: the study High. Insights on Marijuana (Dogearpublishing, Indiana, USA, 2010), and the essay collection High. Das positive Potential von Marijuana (in German, Klett Cotta/Tropen, Stuttgart, Germany, 2013), which contains his limited photo macro art series “The Art of Cannabis”. His third book on marijuana “What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin – 20 Mind Altering Essays” appeared in fall 2015.
Is it true that a marijuana high can lead to profound insights, as many users have reported? In his now classic essay
“Mr. X”, anonymously published in 1971, even the famous astronomer Carl Sagan claimed that he owed many invaluable insights for his publications to marijuana. The investiga
tion High. Insights on Marijuana explains in depth the different ways a marijuana high can lead to insights as well as to other mind enhancements, such as the enhancement of episodic memory, pattern recognition, imagination, creativity, introspection, and our ability for empathic understanding of others.
Countless fascinating reports given by marijuana users and cutting-edge research from various areas of knowledge help Marincolo to take our understanding of the marijuana high to a new level. His unusual study is a thoroughly accessible and entertaining interdisciplinary tour de force through the current cognitive sciences, evolutionary psychology, neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind. High. Insights on Marijuana offers a revolutionary new perspective on the mind-enhancing potential of marijuana and takes his readers to a voyage deep into the high mind.