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.
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
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.
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Daniel Siegel 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
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
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.
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
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.
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
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...
Rupert Spira in conversation
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
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
An excerpt from the new book "The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine"
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesis
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
Excerpts from Advaya: the role of mythology, stories, art, and poetry in cultivating kinship. How do stories create/relate to belonging?
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
The connections between Quantum Physics, Daoism, and Nonduality in this interview with the Italian physicist
“We are not walking though the world; we are interwoven with it. In everything we do we participate in complexity"
Comparing the foundational base of Blackfoot knowledge to quantum physics to an attentive audience at The Banff Centre as part of the Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science: Contrasts and Similarities event.
“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.
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Donald Hoffman describes his mathematical theory that ties in with consciousness touching into neuroscience, computer science, perception, and how we construct reality.
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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