There are few activities more thrilling than the exploration of consciousness, particularly in the form of intelligent spiritual practice. A talk on some of the terrains of meditation experience and their attendant risks and benefits.
I hosted this animated panel at the 2013 Science and Nonduality conference in Holland. At least two of the participants - Lisa Cairns and Gary Weber - claim to have permanently transitioned to a state of spiritual oneness as described by mystics.
Maybe meditation is something you want to pursue, maybe it isn't. In this ten minute clip, I lay out my own reasons for practice, and discuss an experience I had on retreat that brought the whole thing home.
Can we know what it's like to be a non-human animal? Most scientists and philosophers say we cannot. Others disagree. A talk on whales, kinship in nature, and the limits of human empathy and imagination.
An animated tour through waking, sleeping and dreaming consciousness, made by the Discovery channel. Features a fire-breathing dragon, a psychedelic tennis ball, a lot of hand waving and an embarrassing pimp roll.