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.
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.
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
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
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
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.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
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...
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
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.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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.
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Contents of consciousness are the results of active reconstruction of the reality.
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?
What altered states of consciousness can tell us about consciousness itself
Scientists discover psychedelic DMT creates waking dream state in brain
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
Sam and Annaka Harris speak with Donald Hoffman about his book The Case Against Reality.
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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