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.
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
Women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
Donald Hoffman reminds us that we can predict people's choices up to seven seconds before they are conscious of making that choice.
Creativity can be seen as a state of natural flow...
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.
Silent awareness is mostly drawn to light, sound, color, beauty, movement, patterns and contrast.
Philosopher, scholar and longtime observer of culture and behavior the world over, Jean Houston shares…
At the 2018 SAND Conference, David Ellzey physically and wordlessly tells the story that resolves the seeming paradox of being both human and transcendent.
Cognition, or mind, is the very process of life itself, which requires neither a brain nor a nervous system
In a passionate presentation in praise of emotion, Zhen Dao offers a reframe of the traditional dichotomy…
Stuart Hameroff, co-founder of the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference, follows a brief overview…
Is there any behavior that we can say for certain is unique to humans?
Awakened living realizes that the absolute and the relative dimensions of our Being are simply “not-two.”
Daniel Siegel introduces the Wheel of Awareness, a representation of the structure of mind. Research…
How we can uncover the traumas embedded in our social body and work together to heal these wounds
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
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…
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
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
Discover the world of magic mushrooms
How do the different spiritual traditions view being human?
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
To think of the human stage as simply for enlightenment shortchanges the potential of humanity.
Our human-ness will become more and more threatened by AI
How can there be intelligence without consciousness?
Can you live "IN" the Dream world with absolute integrity and authenticity
A four-billion-year-old cycling evolutionary engine of creation lifted us improbable and beautiful human beings into existence.
21st-Century science is on the verge of recreating the processes that may have brought life into being
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience 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...
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
The mystery and power of the creative process can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the birthing process.
In the midst of a global lion crisis that treats Africa’s most sacred animals as a killing commodity...
Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human
What does it take to recognize our true human qualities and express them in the world?
The source of capacity to optimize our experience...
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.
What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
Unveil the obstacles that block creativity and host them in a way...
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