The Neuroscience of Ego Dissolution and Transcendence

(This is the continuation of a series exploring the nature of the human ego in the world’s religions and science, beginning with this post.)

“To me, mystical or spiritual experience is what happens when your ego is put aside. Spiritual experience is about a sense of merging with something larger than you. And it’s your ego that stands in the way. To the extent that you can subdue it, or just put it off to the side for a few hours, amazing things happen, and you realize that you are part of a larger energy…”

—Michael Pollan, bestselling author and journalist, from a 2-hour long interview with Tim Ferriss

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Ego Transcendence in Secular Science

(This is the continuation of a series exploring the nature of the human ego in the world’s religions and science, beginning with this post.)

In modern times the nature of the human ego has also been recognized by many in scientific disciplines, in psychology and other fields. I described some of this in an earlier post, in the psychological study of cognitive development in children. But what about losing the sense of “self,” the sense of an “I”? Continue reading “Ego Transcendence in Secular Science”

The Brain Science behind Meditation, a Book and Interview with Culadasa

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Culadasa (John Yates)

Culadasa (John Yates), former neuroscientist who became a meditation master, is the author of an excellent recent book published about meditation, The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness. Continue reading “The Brain Science behind Meditation, a Book and Interview with Culadasa”

Science & Nonduality (SAND) Conference

I have been following this SAND organization for some time, and I think they do very good work in exploring the interaction of science and spirituality, particularly non-dual mystical spiritualities and traditions.

Starting tonight, October 19, through this Sunday, October 22, they are holding their annual conference, which can be livestreamed online. I recommend it for those who are interested in the dialogue between science and spirituality/religion, but particularly science and mysticism. Continue reading “Science & Nonduality (SAND) Conference”

How Meditation & Seer Stones Might Lead to a Clear Mind & Divine Revelations

I believe that meditation and other related contemplative techniques, including the use of seer stones, can help us become aware of the Divine and enter God’s Presence. This post introduces some concepts from psychology and neurobiology which might begin to help explain how this happens. Continue reading “How Meditation & Seer Stones Might Lead to a Clear Mind & Divine Revelations”

“Who Am I?” The Simulation Hypothesis Mindfully and Mormonly Reconsidered

I came across a passage several years ago that I blogged about. I thought I’d say some more about that passage today.

…it could very well be that we’re the products of an elaborate simulation… Moreover, we may not be who we think we are. Assuming that the people running the simulation are also taking part in it, our true identities may be temporarily suppressed, to heighten the realness of the experience.

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