In this talk from SAND 2018, Robert Sapolsky considers the unlikely realms where humans are merely on a continuum with other species…until you look closely. With a host of surprising and fascinating examples and illustrations he spells out the case that humans are a type of ape, operating on the same basic types of neurons found throughout the animal kingdom. So is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
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Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
In this memorable conversation from SAND 18 Peter Levine, the father of trauma therapy work, and Thomas Huebl, a spiritual teacher known for his work integrating healing of collective trauma, discuss the relationship between healing trauma and...
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Peter Russell explains that most human beings—unlike animals—focus on the past and the future, which means they spend their time in a state of discontent.
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Rupert Spira in conversation
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
The “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror may share essential roots with those underlying transformative states such as flow, awe, presence, timelessness and ecstasy.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
This presentation will explore the nature of the psychic realm, where it fits into the spiritual spectrum, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and potential to get stuck there.
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
In this talk Maurizio and Merlin discuss Merlin’s book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
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.
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
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.
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
Maybe the brain isn't "classical" after all.
A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesis
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.
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
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.
“We are not walking though the world; we are interwoven with it. In everything we do we participate in complexity"
Chris Fields suggests we abandon both the question "why this universe?" and the entire subsequent story about emergence
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
How NASA's Webb Telescope Gives Humanity a Revolutionary New View of Cosmos
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