Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff propose that human brains don’t compute but rather think, through a process that incorporates a general relativistic modification to quantum mechanics. Although science is far from a unified theory we can see that these ideas would require the brain to obey certain geometrical constraints. This talk explains current research into the structures within the brain including experiments to test the effect of anesthetics on coherent energy transport in brain microtubules and progress on testing Penrose’s objective reduction (OR) hypothesis using Bose Einstein Condensates. Finally, we put this together into a possible model for a thinking machine that is not a computer that might shed light on the puzzle of consciousness.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Daniel Siegel 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.
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...
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
Being fully human requires the awakening of the deep Heart as well as the full embrace of the vulnerable human heart.
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
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.
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
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.
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Rupert Spira in conversation
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Bob Thurman delights the audience at SAND 2018 with his lighthearted approach to the wisdom and the…
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
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.
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
We explore the idea that perceptual experiences do not approximate properties of an “objective” world
Fritjof Capra answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
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