21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being on the young Earth some four billion years ago. If experimental proof is achieved, these processes would be shown to be the fundamental “boot codes” of the living world. Cycled together they would then constitute an “engine of creation” that continuously generates all of biology, human culture, technology and even conscious experience. The emerging understanding of this conceptual engine bears surprising parallels to the Dao and other spiritual systems. Ironically this highly reductionist work on our deepest ancestry may give us the great gift of unifying the dual magisteria of science and spirit. But if we all live by and within this engine what does this say about how and where consciousness operates and what does this tell us about our own free will and future? Dr. Damer guides the SAND audience on an illustrated journey from life’s beginning to some possible answers to these big questions. He concludes by suggesting a way to use the power of this engine to further evolve what it is to be human and how we might collectively realize a truly great destiny.
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
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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.
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
Peter Russell in conversation with 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As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
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...
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
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
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
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.
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
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.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Rupert Spira in conversation
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
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.
“Definitely these galaxies are a big deal, but it remains to be seen how exciting they will look in the context of a few months’ progress with JWST,” Carnall says. The best is yet to come.
Every creature lives within its own sensory bubble, but only humans have the capacity to appreciate the experiences of other species. What we’ve learned is astounding.
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
I am a body plus. A body plus trauma, plus illness, plus pollen, plus spores, plus caretakers and friends and loved ones and wild kin.
Theorem showing that quantum mechanics really permits instantaneous connections between far-apart locations
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
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the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
"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
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