Approaching the problem from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary biology, Chris Fields considers how the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings. He observes that the history of Western philosophy is largely about whether or not to trust our intuition, and suggests that the conflicts that arise between our intuition and the counter-intuitive findings of science is not a problem but an opportunity - to enjoy the contradictions.
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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…
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
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.
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
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...
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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.
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
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?
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
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.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
I grew up with trauma followed by 20 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The ancient Greeks dove into this question. But what do modern scientists think?
Contents of consciousness are the results of active reconstruction of the reality.
Scientists discover psychedelic DMT creates waking dream state in brain
Scientists have discovered a unique form of cell messaging occurring in the human brain that's not been seen before.
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
Evidence that quantum searches are an ordinary feature of electron behavior may explain the genetic code, one of the greatest puzzles in biology.
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