Joshua Falcon is a graduate student, writing and rhetoric instructor, and alumnus of FIU, having graduated with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies. For his master's thesis, The Ethical Import of Entheogens, Josh gathered ethnographic data on entheogenic experiences and proceeded to analyze them using theoretical frameworks drawn from William James and Ralph Metzner. After combining these reports with information drawn from various discourses on entheogens, including contemporary scientific findings, he argues that entheogenic experiences can create new "live options" for individuals which may include novel or regenerated ethical dispositions.
Currently, Josh is enrolled in a PhD program in Anthropology in the department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. While his range of interests are broad, they are often philosophically oriented and primarily focused on critically examining cultural constructions of human-nature relationships. Josh's research interests also include controversies over alternate states of consciousness, psychedelics, and the role of ethnomedicine in the study of psychospiritual transformation. Currently, Josh is exploring ethical issues surrounding drug use, including religious freedom and cognitive liberty, as well as other related areas of inquiry such as the use of drugs as moral enhancements.