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