My talk was accompanied by a multimedia presentation, which has been edited into this video. There were technical issues: the official camera wasn’t there, so a friend recorded this on her camcorder and the sound quality isn’t ideal. I ran out of time and had to cut some things that I added to this video, etc. But hopefully, you’ll enjoy the content. I put a lot of thought into this over several months.
- Introduction by Deepak Chopra.
- We’re sense organs of the infinite; instruments of the Divine.
- Some of my personal history.
- If science and spirituality are both about understanding Reality, then they should be on the same team.
- Science, and a scientific approach, can help restore experience, rather than belief, as the foundation of religion and spirituality.
- If the ultimate reality is consciousness, then what instrument could be better suited to exploring it than the human nervous system?
- If everything is consciousness, then the qualities we see displayed in the world must somehow reveal the qualities of consciousness.
- If everything is consciousness, does it follow that everything is conscious? And to what degree?
- Atman (the Self), smaller than the small, greater than the great, is hidden in the hearts of all living creatures.
- A vast, universal perspective does not negate or diminish our personhood.
- Practical implications.
- How do we realize our true nature as infinite intelligence?
- Concluding with a couple of songs, and a note on devotion. The song “There is a Light” is by Maryanne Eagleson, and the song Holy Now is by Peter Mayer.
Talk recorded 10/23/2015 at the Science and Nonduality Conference.
Other talks by or interviews of Rick on BatGap:
- SAND 2019 – Knowledge/Reality is Different in Different States of Consciousness
- 2018 SAND Conference Q&A and Interview by Shakti Caterina Maggi
- SAND 2017: “The Ethics of Enlightenment”
- Talk at Berkeley Open Circle Center
- Interviewed by Fax Gilbert
- Interviewed by Richard Miller
Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.