If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that David Eagleman has spent years researching and which he answers in this state-of-the-science talk. Our behavior, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably linked to a vast, wet, chemical-electrical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly alien to us, and yet, somehow, it is us. Eagleman takes us into the depths of the subconscious to answer some of our deepest mysteries. Why does the conscious mind know so little about itself? What do Ulysses and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Eagleman charts new terrain in neuroscience and helps us understand how our perceptions of ourselves and our world result from the hidden workings of the most wondrous thing we have ever discovered: the human brain.
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
“We are not walking though the world; we are interwoven with it. In everything we do we participate in complexity"
Listening to/with/as the whole planet is listening and sining, a conversation with world renoun bioacoustic researcher
In a major discovery, the very fabric of the cosmos is constantly being roiled and rumpled all around us
We are going through a pandemic ... I have witnessed another epidemic unfolding before my eyes: the overwhelming increase in cancer cases.
A single beech tree can live for 400 years and produce 1.8 million beechnuts. How could they do this alone?
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
The complex behaviors may have a shared evolutionary origin
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
Stephen LaBerge discusses lucid dreaming techniques, Nisargadatta Maharaj, consciousness, and awareness.
The connections between Quantum Physics, Daoism, and Nonduality in this interview with the Italian physicist
Most of us carry a mother's voice in the neural patterns of our brain.
A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesis
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
Major breakthrough in cancer research: Papers reveal 'dark matter' that contributes to disease's growth. The finding is a turning point in cancer research.
Maybe the brain isn't "classical" after all.
In our common experience, you can't get something for nothing. In the quantum realm, something really can emerge from nothing.
A talk from SAND 15 exploring the brain, perception, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, panpsychism, and more.
An electrifying introduction to complexity theory, the science of how complex systems behave
Even with its explanatory power, Big Bang theory takes its place in a long line of myths.
Excerpts from Advaya: the role of mythology, stories, art, and poetry in cultivating kinship. How do stories create/relate to belonging?
Comparing the foundational base of Blackfoot knowledge to quantum physics to an attentive audience at The Banff Centre as part of the Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science: Contrasts and Similarities event.
Queer Ecology seeks to disrupt heteronormative projections onto nature... It is ubiquitous from flowers to insects to fungi.
We are all fascinated by the mystery of metamorphosis. The caterpillar and the butterfly share nothing in common, and yet they are one and the same life.
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