I had previously touched on Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock’s censored TED Talks in an older post on DMT. I feel as though they warrant a little more attention due to their controversial nature(usually a sign that someone is onto something) and pertinence, with regard to consciousness/spirituality.
First of all, let me just say that this isn’t a full on assault on TED. They’re an organisation who have over the years educated and inspired millions of people, but have recently found it necessary to censor any talk of consciousness existing outside of the human cranium.
He also shows up science’s complete disregard of objective reasoning when it comes to the paranormal.
The funny thing is, that what both these men propose isn’t some outlandish theory but a very balanced(intuition+intellect) and grounded, albeit slightly fringe look at the nature of reality in relation to consciousness.
In Sheldrake’s case, he picks apart the “10 Great Laws(dogmas) of Science” and focuses mainly on the scientific view that your mind is solely located inside your head and all consciousness is just brain activity. He also shows up science’s complete disregard of objective reasoning when it comes to the paranormal.
Hancock in turn takes a more esoteric angle but ultimately comes to the same conclusion. He speaks in his typical emotive style about his experience with ayahuasca, the sacred entheogenic plant mixture. Of how while under its influence during ritual ceremony his conscious was wildly expanded and taken on a vision quest with “Mother Ayahuasca”. This entheogenic experience helped him to kick a 40 year marijuana habit but more importantly revealed to him the symbiotic and conscious relationship we have with all of reality, his account of which is truly inspiring.
Personally, the idea that everything in existence has some level of conscious has always sat pretty well with me. I can’t prove this intellectually, its more of an intuitive knowing born through felt experiences. But to claim that consciousness only exists within the brain, seems to me to be the height of arrogance! This is the kind of narrow minded reductionist thinking that leads people like, the frankly scary futurist Ray Kurzweil, to see nature as just unintelligent and unconscious matter. And that only through human intervention(imbuing it with nanotechnology), will it ever “wake up” and become conscious. Nature…unconscious…unintelligent…really?!? His TED talk wasn’t banned by the way…