A HEADY LECTURE SERIES UNDER HEADY INFLUENCE

With marijuana legalized in Washington, we have new ways to enjoy experiences amongst friends, as well connections to the world around us. What can we do now that was previously enshroud in taboo? The Goodship wants to take big, exciting, heady conversations out of the basement and into a shared community experience. That’s what inspired Goodship Higher Education.

 

Goodship Higher Education presents intimate conversations with some of our regions most brilliant minds, covering topics from space travel to re-animation to modernist cuisine. Our goal is to present some of the most innovative, mind-bending, revolutionary and extraordinary ideas happening in art, technology, science and philosophy. We invite both the audience and speakers alike to hop “on the Goodship” (read: have consumed marijuana). This allows us to look at the world through a difference lens, and we think that it is a fun and enlightening experiment to partner altered states with big ideas.

ARTS, CULTURE & TECHNOLOGY

The lecture series of Goodship Higher Education takes place on a quarterly basis. With a focus on exploring uncharted territory, lead by the most innovative and successful experts in their fields, Goodship Higher Education takes us through mind-bending applications of science, arts, and social development, and how they help shape the future of humanity and culture.

2018 SERIES

Lectures will take place on a quarterly basis in 2018. Doors open at 7:00 and lectures start at 8:00pm. Dates and locations subject to change, so stay tuned!

 

Lecture 1: February 14 with  Dr. Christopher Ryan

Lecture 2: April 25 with Allan Liska

Lecture 3: September 12 with Dr. Todd Sacktor

Lecture 4: TBD

THE 2018 SERIES

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL: THE FUTURE OF CYBERCRIME

APRIL 25, 2018 @ MELROSE MARKET STUDIOS

The bank robber traded his gun in for a laptop and went from stealing thousands at a time to stealing millions. World powers conduct espionage and warfare from windowless buildings, and every human with a smart phone is at risk of being robbed, conned and manipulated for cash, politics and power. From the ethical hacker to nation state actors to high-tech thieves, the internet is alive and well with opportunists, idealists and bureaucrats using ransomware and cryptocurrencies to rob, destabilize and control the networks of power, politics and wealth.

Over the last few years the gap between nation state actors and cybercriminals has narrowed. Cybercrime is sophisticated, accessible and increasing around the globe. Nation states, once the leaders in cyber activity, increasingly rely on contractors and criminals to accomplish their missions. Ethical hacker and security expert, Allan Liska, will explain how the confluence of better security reporting, ransomware, and cryptocurrencies have combined to make more effective and sophisticated hackers and how cybercriminals and nation state actors are starting to feed off each other. He will discuss where this is leading and what the world of the cybercriminal will look like in the years to come.

Live music by Raica. Complimentary uninfused (no THC) confection bar by Goodship.

PREHISTORIC SEX AND THE FUTURE OF MODERN ROMANCE

FEBRUARY 14, 2018 @ MELROSE MARKET STUDIOS

In 2010, Drs. Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha published Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray and What it Means for Modern Relationships – a New York Times Bestseller and what Dan Savage called the “single most important book on human sexuality since Kinsey.” In this controversial and thought-provoking book, Ryan and Jetha debunk almost everything we “know” about sex, weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality to show how far from human nature monogamy really is. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing towards a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity. Dr. Ryan will expand upon the theories set forth in Sex at Dawn and the direction of human sexuality in the 21st century.

Live music by Roxanna Walitzki. Special (unifused) treats provided by the Goodship and a table of complimentary goodies from Babeland.

THE 2018 SPEAKERS

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ALLAN LISKA

ETHICAL HACKER, SECURITIES EXPERT AND AUTHOR

Allan Liska is a solutions architect at Recorded Future. Allan has more than 15 years of experience in the world of information security and has worked as both a security practitioner and an ethical hacker. Through his work at Symantec, iSIGHT Partners, FireEye, and Recorded Future, Allan has helped countless organizations improve their security posture using more effective intelligence. He is the author of The Practice of Network Security, Building an Intelligence-Led Security Program, and Securing NTP: A Quickstart Guide, and the co-author of DNS Security: Defending the Domain Name System and Ransomware: Defending Against Digital Extortion.

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DR. CHRISTOPHER RYAN

NEW YORK TIME BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, PODCASTER, TROUBLEMAKER

Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El PaisLa Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think. A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.

Even before co-authoring the New York Times best-seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships (translated into 15 languages), with his partner-in-crime (and wife), Cacilda Jethá, MD, Chris was on a wild ride. After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent the next two decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology.

Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, Chris’ research focused on distinguishing the human from the cultural, first by focusing on shamanism and ethnobotony—studying how various societies interact with altered states of consciousness and the sacred plants that provoke them—and later, by looking at similarly diverse cultural perspectives on sexuality. His doctoral dissertation was a multi-disciplinary investigation of prehistoric human sexual behavior, guided by the world-renowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner, at Saybrook Graduate School, in San Francisco, CA.

Chris is finishing a new book for Simon and Schuster tentatively called Civilized to Death: What was lost on the way to modernity, due out in 2018 — and he puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking, featuring conversations with interesting people, ranging from famous comics to bank robbers to drug smugglers to porn stars to authors to plasma physicists. Check it out here.

PRESS ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Tobias Coughlin-Bogue of The Stranger joined us for Lecture 2 of The Goodship Academy of Higher Education featuring Lesley’s Hazleton on the topic of infinity. His recap is an insightful look into the experience of the night. Check it out here!

The Seattle Times’ Bob Young recaps Lesley Hazleton’s lecture for Higher Education, and probes into some of the conceptual questions driving the series, like are people really more creative when they’re high? Read his thoughts, as well as comments from lecture attendees! Full article here.

Julie Weed of Forbes explores the founder of the Goodship, Jody Hall’s, mission to integrate pot into today’s culture in a positive way, and bring heady stoned talks out of the basement and into the light. “Pot will eventually be as commonplace as alcohol and cigarettes. It can be a party experience, but there is also a place for marijuana in a more sophisticated setting.” Read the article here.

Amanda Manitach of City Arts sits down with Goodship founder, Jody Hall, to dig into the inspiration behind The Goodship Academy of Higher Education. She talks through the details of the series and introduces its charge, a dream Jody’s had since before the Goodship ever launched.  Read the article here.

Jody Hall joins Jeannie Yandel in Seattle’s NPR KUOW studios to speak candidly about The Goodship, what drove her to start the company, and what she hopes for the future of pot culture. Listen to her interview here.

Teri Citterman of the Puget Sound Business Journal interviews Jody Hall on everything from her roots at Starbucks, to her journey as the queen of the Cupcake Royale empire, to her innovative approach at The Goodship, including the Academy of Higher Education. Read the article here.

PREVIOUS LECTURES

DAN SAVAGE: “MONOGAMY & OTHER LIES”

FEBRUARY 3, 2016 @ KING STREET STATION

INTERVIEWED BY GREG LUNDGREN

Join us for a lively evening of conversation as we explore monogamy, open relationships, and what may be the dawn of a relationship revolution. Acclaimed author, LGBT rights advocate, and sex-and-relationships columnist Dan Savage shares his ideas and attitudes about how we navigate healthy, honest and sexually fulfilling relationships, and reimagine partnership in the 21st century. Greg Lundgren will interview Savage and open up the conversation to the larger Goodship audience.

TIM KECK: “I AM FAKE NEWS”

April 19, 2017 @ MELROSE MARKET STUDIOS

Tim Keck, publisher of The Stranger and founder of The Onion, talks about fake news in the age of the Facebook algorithm. He will discuss topics stoners love most: the Spanish-American War, the importance of independent journalism in a liberal democracy, and the thrill of fucking shit up.

BRI LUNA: “INTERVIEW WITH A WITCH”

November 15, 2017 @ MELROSE MARKET STUDIOS

The belief in, and practice of, witchcraft predates recorded history. It is found in both primitive and advanced societies throughout the world, rooted in a belief system bound by magic, the supernatural and medicine. The role of the witch spans from doctor to fortune teller to defender of justic, though they have suffered a long and violent history of misunderstanding, fear and persecution. Being a practitioner of witchcraft could lead to exile, prosecution, and execution. Even in the 21stcentury, violence against witches is on the rise, with the haunting reality that these acts of violence are predominantly against women.

The Goodship welcomes Bri Luna, founder of The Hoodwitch, for a conversation exploring the misconceptions and realities of being a witch, and the pulse of witchcraft in the 21st century. From technology to feminism to casting spells, Luna shares her family history and personal practices in witchcraft and the some of the realities behind centuries of misconceptions. Live music by The Hair and Space Museum and a complementary (un-infused) confection bar provided by the Goodship.

SETH SHOSTAK: “WHERE ARE THE EXTRATERRESTRIALS?”

February 9, 2017 @ MELROSE MARKET STUDIOS

In a galaxy of a trillion planets, it’s hardly unreasonable to believe that there are other worlds with not only life, but intelligent life.  For a half-century, a small group of scientists has tried to detect cosmic confreres with experiments designed to eavesdrop on their radio transmissions.  But so far, there’s not been a peep from the cosmos. Does this mean that humans are the smartest beings in this part of the universe – or maybe in all of it?  We’ll talk about how we’re scanning the skies, and what could account for the silence so far.

ALISON HOLCOMB: “THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE”

DRUG POLICY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AS CASE STUDIES IN CHANGING THE WORLD

OCTOBER 12, 2016 @ THE CLOUD ROOM

Just ten years ago, only 36% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Now, California, the sixth largest economy in the world, is poised to join the ranks of Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Uruguay in substituting regulation for prohibition. The prospect of new tax revenue certainly has played a role in shifting American and international attitudes toward cannabis. But an increasing awareness of the criminal justice system’s limitations as a tool for addressing social challenges has played an even larger one.

PAUL STAMETS: “MUSHROOMS AND THE MYCOLOGY OF CONSCIOUSNESS”

September 14, 2017 @ MELROSE MARKET STUDIOS

Psilocybin mushrooms have been used for millennia, and likely for millions of years. That psilocybin enhances neurotransmission has attracted the interest of pharmacologists, evolutionary biologists, ethnomycologists, artists, writers and more recently addiction and trauma specialists, and computer language coders. The interest in the benefits of psilocybin mushroom use, particularly, for microdosing, ushers in a new era for potential societal benefits across many scientific disciplines. Paul will examine the Stoned Ape Theory, recap some significant historical milestones, and describe some of the more significant psilocybin active species, discussing the future beneficial impacts of psilocybin use in our continuing evolution.

BLAISE AUGERAS Y ARCAS: “ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE”

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 @ THE CLOUD ROOM

Over the next couple of decades, we will see some very exciting and strange things come to pass.  Perhaps the most profound, both in its practical implications and for our self-concept, is increasingly capable machine intelligence.  We are also seeing some other profound shifts in human identity, including the changing socioeconomic correlates of gender.  We’ll look together at some recent developments and connections between these two seemingly disparate topics.

LESLEY HAZLETON: “INFINITY”

OCTOBER 14, 2015 @ THE CLOUD ROOM

Infinity is a major mind blow (David Foster Wallace called it “everything and more”). It’s where the rational appears dizzyingly irrational, and cool logic becomes white hot. Lesley walks us through what happens when the human mind conceives of the inconceivable. Warning: you may feel like you’re flying.

MARK ROTH: “ALTERED STATES: CAN WE CONTROL TIME?”

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 @ THE CLOUD ROOM

Explaining Einstein’s twin paradox through the lens of suspended animation research, Dr. Mark Roth, a MacArthur “genius,” Fred Hutch basic scientist and biopharmaceutical entrepreneur, will share how understanding the biological processes that control metabolism may provide new insights into physics and space-time. The implications of his “hibernation-on-demand” research are profound, from space travel to more down-to-earth concerns, such as buying time for the critically ill and even extending longevity. It promises to be a thought-provoking, cosmic ride.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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DAN SAVAGE

SEX ADVICE COLUMNIST & AUTHOR

Dan Savage is a columnist, author, TV personality, and activist best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.

 

Savage’s sex advice column, “Savage Love,” is syndicated in newspapers and websites in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, and The Onion.

 

Savage is also the author of numerous books, including: The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America; and The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family. In his latest bestselling book American Savage, Dan shares his insights on topics ranging from marriage, parenting and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and sex education. It’s Dan’s frank and open discussions on such topics that had Publisher’s Weekly rave why he is “America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay rights activist.”

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TIM KECK

FOUNDER, THE ONION

Tim Keck is the co-founder of The Onion, The Stranger, Portland Mercury and Bold Type Tickets. The Stranger was the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

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BRI LUNA

WITCH & FOUNDER OF THE HOODWITCH

Briana Luna is the founder and creative director of The Hood Witch (‪thehoodwitch.com‬), a web platform and lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering, educating, and cultivating community through meaningful rituals supporting self-care and wellness. Luna is devoted to offering “everyday magic for the modern mystic,” and is an advocate for the use of traditional healing practices to address modern day challenges. She and her work have been featured internationally and in major publications including Vogue, I.D, and The New York Times.
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SETH SHOSTAK

SENIOR ASTRONOMER, SETI

Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California.  He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.  For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals.

He has written more than four hundred popular magazine, newspaper and Web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television.  He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at Stanford and other venues in the Bay Area, and for six years was a Distinguished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He was Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee. Every week he hosts the SETI Institute’s science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”

Seth has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books.  His most recent tome is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic).

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ALISON HOLCOMB

POLICY ADVOCATE & CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR, THE ACLU

Alison Holcomb is a policy advocate and campaign director with the American Civil Liberties Union. She was lead author of Initiative Measure No. 502, legalizing cannabis under Washington state law, and directed the campaign that secured its passage. I-502’s victory has afforded Holcomb multiple opportunities to share experiences, information, and ideas with government officials and civil society advocates across the U.S. and in several countries considering drug policy reforms—including Uruguay, the first country to legalize cannabis.

In 2014, Holcomb joined the staff of the national ACLU to launch and direct its Campaign for Smart Justice, focused on erasing the United States’ disgraceful distinction of leading the world in incarcerating people. This work drew her focus to the South, and she is currently serving as Senior Adviser to Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s “Yes on 780+781” campaign while also guiding the ACLU of Washington’s efforts to secure legislative repeal of the death penalty.

Holcomb’s prior work has included collaboration on the creation of Seattle and King County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program and the adoption of Washington’s 911 Good Samaritan overdose prevention law. Before joining the ACLU, Holcomb defended the accused in state and federal courts for more than a decade. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington.

PAUL STAMETS

MYCOLOGIST, AUTHOR AND ADVOCATE OF BIOREMEDIATION AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is the author of six books, including Psilocybe Mushrooms and their Allies and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World. He has discovered and named four new psilocybin mushrooms. He has received numerous awards, most notably as an Invention Ambassador (2014-2015) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Award (2014) from the North American Mycological Association Award (NAMA) and Gordon & Tina Wasson Award (2015) from the Mycological Society of America (MSA). His influence has now flowed into popular sci-fi culture with his appointment as a science Starfleet officer, astromycologist Lt. Stamets (acted by Anthony Rapp), in the new Star Trek Discovery series.

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BLAISE AGUERA Y ARCAS

HEAD OF MACHINE INTELLIGENCE AT GOOGLE

Blaise leads an applied research team at Google focusing on Machine Intelligence. Until Decem­ber 2013, he was at Microsoft, where he worked in a vari­ety of roles, from inven­tor to strate­gist, and led teams with strengths in inter­ac­tion design, pro­to­typ­ing, com­puter vision and machine vision, augmented real­ity, wear­able com­put­ing and graph­ics. 

He joined Microsoft when his startup, Sead­ragon, was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acqui­si­tion of Sead­ragon, Blaise directed his team in a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Microsoft Research and the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, lead­ing to the first pub­lic pre­views of Pho­to­synth sev­eral months later. He has given talks at the TED con­fer­ence on Sead­ragon and Pho­to­synth (2007), and Bing Maps (2010). In 2008, he was awarded the TR35 and in 2011, he was knighted a Dis­tin­guished Engi­neer.

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LESLEY HAZLETON

AUTHOR

Writer and psychologist Lesley Hazleton, aka The Accidental Theologist, has spent the past fifteen years thinking and dancing at the intersection of politics, religion, and history in a series of acclaimed books. Now her new book, ‘Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto’ (due out in April), carves out a whole new stance toward the so-called “big questions,” ending up — where else? — in infinity.

From Lesley: “I’m always asking questions — not to find ‘answers,’ but to see where the questions lead. Dead ends sometimes? That’s fine. New directions? Interesting. Great insights? Over-ambitious.  A glimpse here and there? Perfect. So you’ll find none of the comfort of received opinion here. No claim to truth, let alone Truth (that capital T always makes me nervous). None of that astounding confidence (aka hubris) that cloaks ignorance and prejudice. The aim is to question, to explore, to keep my mind — and yours — open, raise some sparks, and see what happens.”

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MARK ROTH

CELL BIOLOGIST

Mark Roth, Ph.D., is a cell biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he studies fundamental biological processes. Since joining Fred Hutch in 1989, Roth has explored a variety of research paths, but his work in suspended animation and “hibernation on demand” has garnered the broadest attention.

Roth’s research in metabolic flexibility has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Esquire, PBS’ “NOVA” and a CNN documentary, “Cheating Death.” He also presented this work at TED2010.

His studies on biological limbo may seem on the fringe, but by understanding the mechanisms of metabolic shutdown, researchers one day may be able to find a way to induce the process for clinical benefit, such as by preventing ischemic injury in trauma situations.

Roth is also president of Faraday Pharmaceuticals, a Seattle-based company pursuing the development of elemental reducing agents, from selenide to iodide, to improve patient outcomes.

His honors and awards include receiving a MacArthur “genius grant” and a Significant Technical Achievement Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

    

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