60 Minutes: The Gift of Endless Memory (Updated)

60 Minutes: The Gift of Endless Memory (Updated)

Jan 12

It is often said that we are our memories — that web of experiences, relationships, thoughts, and feelings that make us who we are. We don’t remember it all of course. That would be impossible. Or would it? There has been a discovery in the field of memory recently, so new you won’t find it in any textbook. It’s so hard to fathom, there are some who remain unconvinced. For the moment, the scientists studying it are simply calling it “superior autobiographical memory.” And unless you happen to know one of the handful of people discovered so far who have it, get ready to be amazed…

New Book: ‘Dream Like A Boss’

New Book: ‘Dream Like A Boss’

Jan 11

Dream Like a Boss (Book One) is an introduction to getting better sleep, having more dreams, and working with the insights that come from dreams and nightmares. In particular, this book shows how to have more vivid dreams, find healing and insight, reduce stress-induced nightmares, tap into creative energy, and problem solve real-life issues. The book also discusses dream herbs, traditional and online dream sharing, and the most promising new dream apps…

National Geographic: ‘Life After Life’

National Geographic: ‘Life After Life’

Jan 05

This National Geographic special features near-death experiencers Christine Stein, Dr. Eben Alexander, and Anita Moorjani and includes comments from Dr. Jeffrey Long, Dr. Lakhmir S. Chawla, Dr. Kevin Nelson, and Peggy Kay, PhD…

The Science Of Resurrecting Dead Bodies

The Science Of Resurrecting Dead Bodies

Dec 21

Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies — and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process…

Panel Discussion: ‘Experiencing Death: An Insider’s Perspective’

Panel Discussion: ‘Experiencing Death: An Insider’s Perspective’

Dec 21

For millennia, human beings have wondered what happens when we die. What is the first-person experience of dying and being brought back to life? Technological advances in resuscitation science have now added an intriguing new chapter to the literature of “out of body” or “near-death experiences” by eliciting detailed and vivid accounts of those who have approached the threshold of death. However we might seek to explain such phenomena, it is no longer tenable to simply dismiss this accumulating body of firsthand experiences. Can these experiences be explained through the lens of biology and neuroscience? What can we learn from the transformative accounts of those who have crossed the threshold of death? How have their experiences affected their sense of self and identity? Join neurologist Kevin Nelson, psychiatrist Peter Fenwick, orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal, and emergency medicine expert Sam Parnia as they share some of these remarkable stories and discuss how they analyze such experiences in light of their own backgrounds and training…

Why Gratitude Makes Ourselves (& Others) Healthier & Happier

Why Gratitude Makes Ourselves (& Others) Healthier & Happier

Nov 04

A growing body of research shows that gratitude can dramatically increase the health, happiness, and overall well being of ourselves and those we are in relationship with…

New Book: ‘Mind Over Medicine’

New Book: ‘Mind Over Medicine’

Sep 20

We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck — and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands. Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. In an attempt to better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself for over 50 years. Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes…

Foreign Accent Syndrome: ‘The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese’

Foreign Accent Syndrome: ‘The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese’

Sep 07

When Sarah Colwill, 38, was hospitalized for an intense migraine in 2010, she awoke to an astounding sound — her voice. Her familiar English accent had been replaced by what sounded like a poor impression of a Chinese person, leaving doctors scratching their heads. Her predicament was a side effect of a rare neurological condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome…

A Teachable Moment: Esquire Versus Dr. Eben Alexander

A Teachable Moment: Esquire Versus Dr. Eben Alexander

Aug 18

A comprehensive look at the controversy that erupted from Esquire’s hard-hitting expose’ of Dr. Eben Alexander, including an NBC news report, a summary of the Esquire article, a video of the Dalai Lama and Dr. Alexander, a list of NDE-related networks that hosted conversations, comments from these networks, and a short list of take-aways for how to view this emotionally charged situation (and others like them)…

TED: ‘Eleanor Longden: The Voices In My Head’

TED: ‘Eleanor Longden: The Voices In My Head’

Aug 15

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive…

Scans Show Early Brain Growth In Breastfed Babies

Scans Show Early Brain Growth In Breastfed Babies

Jun 07

Babies who are breastfed show signs of early brain development, particularly in regions associated with language, emotional function, and cognition…

Memory Study: Near-Death Experiences More Vivid Than Real Life

Memory Study: Near-Death Experiences More Vivid Than Real Life

Apr 06

Long after a near-death experience, people recall the incident more vividly and emotionally than real and false memories, new research suggests. Even years later, the near-death experiences seemed hyperreal. In fact, they were remembered more clearly and emotionally than all other types of memories…

Listening to Music Increases Immunity, Reduces Stress

Listening to Music Increases Immunity, Reduces Stress

Mar 28

Before surgery, listening to music is more effective at reducing anxiety than prescription drugs, report researchers. In a large-scale review of 400 research papers about the neurochemistry of music, researchers have shown that playing and listening to music has clear benefits for both mental and physical health…

Lack of Sleep ‘Switches Off’ Genes

Lack of Sleep ‘Switches Off’ Genes

Feb 25

One week of bad sleep can “switch off” hundreds of genes and raise the risk of a host of illnesses including obesity and heart disease, scientists claim…

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

Jan 04

On January 27th and March 16th of 2012, David Sunfellow gave two talks in Sedona entitled “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World”. The following two-hour, two-part video is a summary of the information that David shared during these presentations…

Dr. Eben Alexander: ‘The Science of Heaven’

Dr. Eben Alexander: ‘The Science of Heaven’

Nov 20

NDEr Dr. Eben Alexander writes: “I am as deep a believer in science, and the truth-respecting values that created it, as I ever was. As such, I want to affirm again — not just to my fellow scientists but to everyone — that there is a larger, more real world out there. Those who have experienced it are neither deluded nor dishonest, but they are hampered by the limits of language to convey the sheer exponential vastness of what they encountered. This world of consciousness beyond the body is the true new frontier, not just of science but of humankind itself, and it is my profound hope that what happened to me will bring the world one step closer to accepting it.”

Using Psychotropic Drugs On An Integral Spiritual Path

Using Psychotropic Drugs On An Integral Spiritual Path

Nov 18

Pulse Resource Page on using Ayahuasca and other psychotropic drugs on an integral path…

Atheists Unhinged Over Dr. Eben Alexander’s NDE (Updated)

Atheists Unhinged Over Dr. Eben Alexander’s NDE (Updated)

Nov 14

Those of you who are regular readers of this website, know that Newsweek recently ran a cover story on the near-death experience of neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander. While many in the NDE movement celebrated Alexander’s story, many who hold materialistic, humanistic, and/or atheistic world views were incensed. On the incensed side of the fence, author, atheist, and neuroscientist Sam Harris posted a blistering attack of Alexander on his website. Aside from the strident accustations that Harris leveled against Dr. Alexander, what made Harris’s article particularly unseemly was that Harris launched his attack without having read Alexander’s book — and then, after being invited to debate Alexander, refused to do so. Read all about it here…

NOVA: ‘What Are Animals Thinking?’

NOVA: ‘What Are Animals Thinking?’

Nov 09

We humans have long wondered how animals see the world — and us. Does your dog really feel shame when it gives you that famous “guilty look?” What is behind the “swarm intelligence” of slime mold or a honeybee hive? How can pigeons possibly find their way home across hundreds of miles of unfamiliar terrain? In this episode of NOVA scienceNOW, David Pogue meets — and competes — with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes “us” different from “them,” expanding our understanding of how animals really think…

Quick List of Prominent Near-Death Experiencers (Updated)

Quick List of Prominent Near-Death Experiencers (Updated)

Nov 06

A quick list of prominent near-death experiencers, including links to their websites, Facebook & Google+ pages, Twitter feeds, and related resources…

Newsweek Cover Story: Dr. Eben Alexander’s NDE

Newsweek Cover Story: Dr. Eben Alexander’s NDE

Oct 07

The October 15th edition of Newsweek is running a cover story on Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience…

Twelve “Any Time, Any Place” Survival Tips (v3.2)

Twelve “Any Time, Any Place” Survival Tips (v3.2)

Sep 06

So, you live on Planet Earth and are wondering what you can do to insure a graceful passage through whatever changes may come your way. And you want advice that you can use any time, any place, even when faced with the kind of apocalyptic changes that are presently knocking on our global door. Here are a few practical suggestions…

Ray Kurzweil On Using Dreams To Solve Problems

Ray Kurzweil On Using Dreams To Solve Problems

Sep 06

Ray Kurzweil on how he has learned to use his dreams to solve problems…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…