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.”
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
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.
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of 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.
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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.
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
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...
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Could crossmodal senses be one key to unlock the true nature of physics?
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
New human multisensory integration model for its exploration.
I grew up with trauma followed by 20 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
The latest research into the relationship between the brain's neuronal firing and consciousness.
Scientists have discovered a unique form of cell messaging occurring in the human brain that's not been seen before.
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