We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for. Their deeper functions in regulating the body, either directly or through neuro-hormonal and neuro-immune interactions are largely unconscious and therefore neglected. This talk introduces theoretical models and experimental data suggesting an even deeper and evolutionarily older function of nervous systems: regulating the size and shape of the body. If these models are correct, the original function of neurons was the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. Neurons still perform these functions, from early embryogenesis through adulthood. We may even, sometimes, be aware of them. Recognizing this gives a new meaning to "embodied cognition."
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
Listening to/with/as the whole planet is listening and sining, a conversation with world renoun bioacoustic researcher
In this talk Maurizio and Merlin discuss Merlin’s book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
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
A single beech tree can live for 400 years and produce 1.8 million beechnuts. How could they do this alone?
We are going through a pandemic ... I have witnessed another epidemic unfolding before my eyes: the overwhelming increase in cancer cases.
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A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesis
Major breakthrough in cancer research: Papers reveal 'dark matter' that contributes to disease's growth. The finding is a turning point in cancer research.
In our common experience, you can't get something for nothing. In the quantum realm, something really can emerge from nothing.
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
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.
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
A talk from SAND 15 exploring the brain, perception, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, panpsychism, and more.
Donald Hoffman describes his mathematical theory that ties in with consciousness touching into neuroscience, computer science, perception, and how we construct reality.
Queer Ecology seeks to disrupt heteronormative projections onto nature... It is ubiquitous from flowers to insects to fungi.
Stephen LaBerge discusses lucid dreaming techniques, Nisargadatta Maharaj, consciousness, and awareness.
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