David Cates borrows from the science of neurobiology to describe the ways in which human beings relate, and proposes that the rhythmic entrainment of music, dance and breath is a way to reduce the tension between “large mammals in close proximity.” He puts this idea into action, showing how we can switch off the high-alert signals of social anxiety and emotional guardedness, and flood the body with oxytocin. And he invites us to notice that the human nervous system is not independent of others, and that tension operates not just at the muscular level, but at the electromagnetic level too. Meditation may bring about the cessation of thought, he says, but enlightenment is a function of the cessation of all tension at all levels in the system.
Sam and Annaka Harris speak with Donald Hoffman about his book The Case Against Reality.
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
Electromagnetic energy in the brain enables brain matter to create our consciousness
Jeremy England says spiritual ideas can inform our scientific quest for the origin of life.
What altered states of consciousness can tell us about consciousness itself
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