The Phenomenon of Consciousness

Relief sculpture of battle scene in the Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy. “In these confused and restless zones, in which present blends with future in a world of upheaval, we stand face-to-face with all the grandeur—the unprecedented grandeur—of the phenomenon of man. What has made us so different from our forbearers, so ambitious too, and so … Continue reading The Phenomenon of Consciousness

Consciousness in the World: The Universe is Alive

"The greatest achievement was, at first and for a time, a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg. And in the highest vision of a soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities." - James Allen, "Visions and Ideals, 1902 "A man becomes calm in the … Continue reading Consciousness in the World: The Universe is Alive

On Being A Conscious Human

What is it about being human that separates us from all the other species on the planet? Why is it that our fellow creatures on Earth don’t enjoy the same level of cognitive talent as we do? What separates us from even those creatures with virtually the same parts and similar brain structures as ours? … Continue reading On Being A Conscious Human

Neuroscience and Near Death Experiences

"Wind" by Andrew Wyeth For many people, the idea of being "near death," is one they would rather not contemplate, but as anyone who has survived an accidental or unintentional brush with death can tell you, suddenly finding yourself at the edge of such a possibility tends to narrow your focus sharply on whatever action … Continue reading Neuroscience and Near Death Experiences