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Bewyldering ... The Entropic and Psychedelic Capacity (the Neural and Noetic Complexification Capacity) of Cognitive Pedagogical/Learning Regimes and Course Design in Higher-Ed.  Michael Landis (Liberal Arts, Manor College, Jenkintown, PA )   C17

Considering the signature psychoneurobiological inverse proportionality (decrease in connectivity/increase in complexity) associated with states of consciousness legitimately classifiable as " entropic " and " psychedelic, " it seems counter-intuitive to imagine cognitive pedagogical/learning regimes and course design -- what are fundamentally reductive enterprises -- as conducive to entropic and psychedelic states. Many who conjecture about consciousness and, derivatively, cognition -- who either in a dilettante or professional way engineer learning or pedagogical regimes -- embrace and embody a mindset that equates cognition and cognitive regimes with reduction and heightened neural connectivity. In this poster presentation, I will trace graphically the capacity to engineer higher-ed. pedagogical/learning regimes and course content (derived from three decades of professional " bricolage " in higher education course design) in manners/modalities conducive to evoking in students ecstatic qualitative states of consciousness ... states of consciousness categorizable as " entropic " and " psychedelic " ... states of consciousness that are fundamentally " self amplifying " in terms of transcendent engagement and conducive to durable intrinsic motivation in relation to progressive learning as such.