AI can drive cars, create music, recognize objects, find a new solar system, discover a hominid species, and trounce anyone in a game of Go. Reports of its limits have been greatly exaggerated. But can AI enjoy conscious experiences? Can it feel love? Some physicalists claim that unconscious matter, with proper complexity, ignites consciousness. I propose a new framework and question: Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
Inspired by Yuval Noah Harari' is an experimental short film featuring over 260 strange and spectacular images, generated by 13 different A.I. algorithms.
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
Susana Martinez-Conde gives her understanding of perception, brains, reality, memory, experience, music, aesthetics, and language from her experience as Laboratory Director of SUNY Downstate Medical Center
How NASA's Webb Telescope Gives Humanity a Revolutionary New View of Cosmos
Even with its explanatory power, Big Bang theory takes its place in a long line of myths.
Stephen LaBerge discusses lucid dreaming techniques, Nisargadatta Maharaj, consciousness, and awareness.
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
Taking a long view of life on Earth, Robin Wall Kimmerer explores how mosses—ancient beings who transformed the world—teach us strategies for persisting amid a changing climate.
A talk from SAND 15 exploring the brain, perception, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, panpsychism, and more.
Maybe the brain isn't "classical" after all.
While constellations and the stories attached to them have obvious artistic and spiritual significance, they also represent an elegant and effective solution to the problem of understanding complex physical environments.
Dr. Long has investigated thousands of near-death experiences (NDEs) with the results of his research published in the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
Cheese is not just a tasty snack — it’s an ecosystem. And the fungi and bacteria within that ecosystem play a big part in shaping the flavor and texture of the final product.
I am a body plus. A body plus trauma, plus illness, plus pollen, plus spores, plus caretakers and friends and loved ones and wild kin.
The connections between Quantum Physics, Daoism, and Nonduality in this interview with the Italian physicist
Perception may be defined not only as how we experience the world through our senses, but also how we interpret those experiences to create meaning and provide a practically useful model of reality.
Let’s start with Anaximander, who said everything forming in Nature incurs a debt which it must repay so that other things may form, which I see as the essence of evolution and a fascinating take on Dying to Live.
“Definitely these galaxies are a big deal, but it remains to be seen how exciting they will look in the context of a few months’ progress with JWST,” Carnall says. The best is yet to come.
"Vision is an art, and nature an old master painter teaching us how to see the underlying reality of things to be — before they actually are. "
Excerpts from Advaya: the role of mythology, stories, art, and poetry in cultivating kinship. How do stories create/relate to belonging?
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
The complex behaviors may have a shared evolutionary origin
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
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