If Mind Comes First: Talk By Neil Soten Theise

May 16, 2014
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Standard, contemporary approaches to explaining the “hard problem of consciousness”start with assumptions about matter, energy, space and time. These are then proposed to organize our world, our bodies, our brains, in turn creating the experiences of our minds.  However, these approaches, so far, have all completely failed. What if our starting assumption is wrong?   What if matter and energy, space and time don’t give rise to mind, but, instead, arise from mind?  What if it all starts with mind?

In this latest talk, Soten will continue to describe his most recent insights into the implications of the universe as a self-organizing, complex system.  In doing so, he will show how changing this starting assumption reveals more and more detailed alignments between contemporary sciences and insights from sources such as Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and Zen Buddhist traditions and Jewish and Hindu mysticisms.  And perhaps the hard problem will turn out to be a bit easier than we thought…

$15 suggested donation at the door.


Neil Theise MD is a diagnostic liver pathologist and adult stem cell researcher in New York City, where he is Professor of Pathology and of Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center of the Mount Sinai Health System. He is considered a pioneer of multi-organ adult stem cell plasticity and has published on that topic in Science, Nature, and Cell.

Beginning with applications of complexity and emergent self-organization to stem cell behaviors, his work has expanded into include cross-cultural models of biology and medicine, quantum behaviors in biological systems (biological complementarity, uncertainty), and parallels between contemplative insights into reality and contemporary scientific understandings. Most recently, his efforts have focused on the nature of consciousness and the role of sentience to the development and organization of the universe.

His teaching efforts regarding all these themes (text and video, for lay and academic audiences) can be found on his blog, and additional writings can be found at his website.

More links:

This is his Facebook page

Article Psychology Today 

And, with Deepak Chopra

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