Science and spirituality: Jeff Lieberman at TEDxCambridge 2011
Albert Einstein referred to thoughts as an optical delusion of conciousness. He felt that thoughts separated us from the rest and were a prison for us — restricting us to affection for a few and personal desires. He said our primary task has to be widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living things. The collapse of the quantum wave function by consciousness would entail a single, universal consciousness.
Jeff Lieberman, an MIT-trained artist, scientist and engineer, makes a scientific argument for mystical experience. He asks us to challenge our perception of what we are, our relationship to the universe, and our relationship to one another. Our minds are “thought-generating machines.” What we would happen if we could turn off the machine? If we could transcend our individual experience of the world?