Bruce Damer, PhD, is coauthor with David Deamer, of a new theory on the origins of life that was featured in a Scientific American cover story in 2017. His professional interests also include space exploration, virtual reality, and entheogens. He is author of Avatars: Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet.
He begins this wide-ranging discussion by describing a series of visionary experiences that began in his childhood. He describes the significance of membranes in the evolution of life on earth -- and how the same principle can be applied to the migration of humans into outer space. He discusses his involvement with counter-culture figures such as Terence McKenna as well as his use of entheogens. He argues that consciousness is best understood by carefully observing nature.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in "parapsychology" ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).
(Recorded on March 19, 2019)
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