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.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
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.
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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...
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.
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
Rupert Spira in conversation
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
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
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.
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
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
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
The complex behaviors may have a shared evolutionary origin
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
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.
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
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.
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.
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
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.
Visual illusions are those perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality.
“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.
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.
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
"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. "
Even with its explanatory power, Big Bang theory takes its place in a long line of myths.
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
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