Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI (artificial intelligence), the augmentation of biological intelligence by machine intelligence, and those who believe that the human entity is nothing more than information that can stored in a memory device. As the world is increasingly governed by AI and as humans inhabit virtual realities more than the realm of nature and interpersonal relationships, we may lose our most human attributes, becoming desensitized, depersonalized, without empathy, bereft of intimacy. The great sacred traditions basically agree that the greatest possibility of human conscious life is to upload our consciousness to an energetic body. The goal of preserving our sensory memories belies a complete misunderstanding of what the human being and individual consciousness essentially is. Society is unprepared emotionally, intellectually, economically, and spiritually for the challenge. Without an adequate articulated metaphysics we may not be able to defend our very human-ness from slipping gradually into a non- or post-human world.
Rupert Spira in conversation
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain
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.
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
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?
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
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...
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
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Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
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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
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An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
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Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
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Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
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Discover the world of magic mushrooms
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Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
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Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
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