Bruce Damer shows the audience at SAND18 the very first photo of RNA formed spontaneously from samples he collected from a hot spring. From this, in a wide-ranging talk which draws from our understanding of early human ancestry and some of our modern creation myths, including Star Wars, he speculates about the nature of human life and the stories we have created to live by.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence. The very process by which we were made is driven by the dual nature of night and day, death and reproduction, despair and hope. The dark and light parts of our nature now starkly face each other in a high stakes planetary stand-off which will determine our very survival. The secret to our future may be to invoke Jedi-like transformative powers into the midst of the stand-off. To paraphrase Master Yoda… “Jedi need the dark force of the Empire to grow skills stronger… to answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not… so you must face the truth, and choose to give off light, for Luminous beings we are, Padawan.”
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
Rupert Spira in conversation
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
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.
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
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
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
James Fadiman fieds questions 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.
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
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.
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
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...
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
"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
Theorem showing that quantum mechanics really permits instantaneous connections between far-apart locations
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
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.
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
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