Science to End All Suffering

Jeff Lieberman, an MIT-trained artist, scientist and engineer, makes a scientific argument for mystical experience. He asks us to challenge our perception of what we are, our relationship to the universe, and our relationship to one another. Our minds are “thought-generating machines.” What we would happen if we could turn off the machine? If we could transcend our individual experience of the world?

You can read the transcript (thanks to Brad Miele) of this talk here.

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2 thoughts on “Science to End All Suffering

  1. I enjoyed this Tomas, thank you for sharing. My only bugbear about it is the oft repeated insistence that only humans are able to think… why make an unnecessary assumption of that sort within an otherwise excellent presentation? Its a bit like the claims that only humans play, only humans have a sense of humour, only humans use tools, only humans have a soul, only humans have language… these claims just make me cringe… as they are rarely central to the thesis being presented and totally unverified. It seems apparent that humans certainly have an ego… but I would not dare to claim that no other beings likewise big-note themselves… Anyway, we are all energy… I like that. And we are all interconnected, despite silly notions of superiority or inferiority…

    • Yes, Anne, I agree. This anthropocentric attitude (I think it is called) has actually no connection to the good info in the talk. I chalk it up to humanity’s insecurity at this time in our history… Thich Nhat Hanh speaks often of “inter-beingness” as our actual state, together with all other forms of life… I agree. I trust that humanity can overcome all sense of needing to label themselves and then open up to the Mystery of Being – which is where the story gets really interesting. 😉

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