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.
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
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.
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience 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.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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.
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
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.
Rupert Spira in conversation
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
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...
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
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.
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.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
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.
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
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.
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
The ancient Greeks dove into this question. But what do modern scientists think?
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