We all know that we are aware. We couldn’t have an experience without being aware. But, despite appearances, we never experience the world directly - only the brain’s reconstruction of what is “out there.” We live in a virtual reality created by the brain.
But how do material processes in the brain give rise to something as immaterial as consciousness? And where do we draw the line between creatures that are conscious and those that aren’t?
The current scientific worldview assumes that the brain not only generates the picture of the world that we experience, but it also creates awareness itself.
An alternative assumption is that awareness goes all the way down the evolutionary tree.
This leads to the conclusion that the cosmos is a vast field of information that is also aware, a field of knowing knowing itself.
Short video summarizing Peter Russell’s latest ideas on why consciousness is fundamental to the cosmos.
Gabor Maté interviews James Doty on his book: "Into the Magic Shop" a conversation on trauma, healing, magic, and compassion.
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
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?
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
What Science and My Unusual Brain are Teaching us about the Convergence of Reality, Love, and the Senses
In the quest for innovative and functional designs, many scientists are now turning to nature for inspiration.
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
The study of epigenetics has changed how we look at the effect that our genetic inheritance has on our physical and mental health, as well as on that of our children and grandchildren.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
The latest research into the relationship between the brain's neuronal firing and consciousness.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Scientists discover psychedelic DMT creates waking dream state in brain
Some of physics' remaining secrets may actually relent through the human senses.
Light as the radiant energy of creation started the ring-dance of atoms
Two realities can exist at the same time, at least in the quantum world, suggests a new study.
New human multisensory integration model for its exploration.
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