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.
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
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.
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
As the outdated patriarchal structures rise up in backlash to their inevitable downfall, the need for a more sustainable world paradigm couldn’t be greater
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Rupert Spira in conversation
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
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.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
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.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
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…
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
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 does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
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
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
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.
The connections between Quantum Physics, Daoism, and Nonduality in this interview with the Italian physicist
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
Visual illusions are those perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality.
Inspired by Yuval Noah Harari' is an experimental short film featuring over 260 strange and spectacular images, generated by 13 different A.I. algorithms.
“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.
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.
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.
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
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.
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
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