Jeff Lieberman’s TED Talk

This video contains many of the ideas that Jeff Lieberman shared at the Conference on World Affairs.

Thoughts on Consciousness

I’ve been thinking a lot about the video that Joanne posted a link to in Thursday’s comments. It’s an interview with neurosurgeon Eben Alexander about his near death experience—here’s the link again: You can also read his article in Newsweek/The Daily Beast:

Natalie Sudman’s book Application of Impossible Things was the first NDE […]


“Consciousness possesses the characteristics of an absolute metaphor–something known to exist which cannot be otherwise described.”

J. F. Pagel, “The Synchronous Electrophysiology of Conscious States” in Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, Vol. 22, Number 3, September 2012 p. 173.


Michael Meade–The Need for the Ecstatic

Animal Consciousness

One of the benefits of the Internet, for me at least, is the amazing number of photos, videos, and stories that I see about inter-species relationships. Like Koko the gorilla and her kitten, or Roscoe the orangutan and his dog, or Owen and Mzee, the tortoise and hippo who bonded after the 2004 tsunami.

It’s […]

Interview with Natalie Sudman

Today I’m delighted to offer an interview with Natalie Sudman. We met in college, carried on a brief correspondence afterward, and then lost contact with each other. We reconnected a few years ago and I learned then that she’d been seriously injured by an IED in Iraq. I was delighted when she announced the publication […]


As a symbol, the lighthouse has a lot of power. It serves as a beacon for ships at sea, showing the edge of the land. If the sea is a symbol for the vast unconscious, the lighthouse serves to mark the boundary of conscious thought. For me, this is a symbol with deeply personal […]