Evening Lecture on “An Open Mind” by Dr. B. Alan Wallace. Recorded on March 9th, in Santa Barbara.
Philosophers and scientists often comment on the “mystery of consciousness,” and despite the widespread reduction of the mind to the brain, the so-called “mind-body” problem remains as unsolved today as it was at the dawn of modern science. This mindset is entrenched in the unquestioned assumption that if we—modern, educated people who look to science for all our answers about the nature of reality—haven’t fathomed the nature of the mind, no one has. But if we look beyond the confines of Eurocentric modernity, we uncover a treasure of perennial wisdom about the nature and origins of the human mind and the role of consciousness in the universe. In this lecture, Dr. Alan Wallace will explore the benefits that emerge from cultivating an open mind and from taking a radically empirical approach to the study of consciousness, in the spirit of Galileo toward physics, Lavoisier toward chemistry, and Darwin toward biology. We may be on the brink of a true revolution in mind sciences.