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."
Listening to/with/as the whole planet is listening and sining, a conversation with world renoun bioacoustic researcher
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
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.
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
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
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.
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
Excerpts from Advaya: the role of mythology, stories, art, and poetry in cultivating kinship. How do stories create/relate to belonging?
"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. "
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
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.
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
Maybe the brain isn't "classical" after all.
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
Visual illusions are those perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality.
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
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.
How does our biology give rise to the experience of consciousness?
Inspired by Yuval Noah Harari' is an experimental short film featuring over 260 strange and spectacular images, generated by 13 different A.I. algorithms.
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
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.
The connections between Quantum Physics, Daoism, and Nonduality in this interview with the Italian physicist
Every creature lives within its own sensory bubble, but only humans have the capacity to appreciate the experiences of other species. What we’ve learned is astounding.
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
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.
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.
Donald Hoffman describes his mathematical theory that ties in with consciousness touching into neuroscience, computer science, perception, and how we construct reality.
A talk from SAND 15 exploring the brain, perception, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, panpsychism, and more.
In our common experience, you can't get something for nothing. In the quantum realm, something really can emerge from nothing.
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