Gabor Maté interviews James Doty on his book: "Into the Magic Shop."
Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.
Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.
Evidence that quantum searches are an ordinary feature of electron behavior may explain the genetic code, one of the greatest puzzles in biology.
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Scientists discover psychedelic DMT creates waking dream state in brain
Contents of consciousness are the results of active reconstruction of the reality.
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
The ancient Greeks dove into this question. But what do modern scientists think?
I grew up with trauma followed by 20 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
Please enter your email and we’ll send you instructions to reset your password