In the first half of an extended talk at SAND 18, Paul Stamets, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, gives a self-styled "immersion lecture" about magic mushrooms and mycelium. He tells us that terrestrial organisms have evolved to be interconnected with the mycelial web of life, and that we are its descendants. He informs us that many primates consume mushrooms, and mentions Terence McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory as a possible explanation for the neurogenesis that resulted in the striking expansion of hominid brain size in the last two million years.
View Part II of this amazing lecture, where Paul addresses more specifically Psilocybe mushrooms.
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How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
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.
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
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Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
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How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
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What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
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To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
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.
Rupert Spira in conversation
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
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What altered states of consciousness can tell us about consciousness itself
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.
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More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
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