Thomas Ray Preconference Workshop / Navigating the Inner Landscape of the Human Mind: What Psychedelics Reveal...MP3-CDROM(Very Popular at Event)

It may seem to go against the grain of nonduality to suggest that the human mind is composed of discrete components, yet in the full spirit of nonduality, it is realized that these components blend together like the components of flavor to produce a perceputal whole, the conscious mind. We will first review a dozen discrete components associated with twenty-two classes of neurotransmitter receptors: Cognitive domain: The self (ego) - serotonin-2 Consciousness - serotonin-7 Pure cognition (thought, logic, reasoning) - serotonin-1 Affective domain: The self (id?) - sigma Consciousness - kappa Comfort - mu Essence of things or one's self - alpha-2 Joy of life - beta Tenderness, compassion, forgiveness - imidazoline Holding another's soul in our heart - histamine Cognitive - Affective Bridge Religious sentiment (awe, certainty) - dopamine Mental protection - cannabinoid We will explore the major division of the mind: between the cognitive and affective domains. We will place a special emphasis on exploring and understanding the affective domain, which as adult humans we tend to lose touch with, and poorly understand. Then we will examine how these receptors blend together to form the human "modulatory personality," how it evolved, and how variations in the blend affect personality, and in extreme cases underly conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, or bipolar disorder. Finally, we will examine the relationships between the various mental components and various mystical states, including the state of complete nonduality. Dr. Thomas Ray earned undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at Florida State University. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Biology from Harvard University, specializing in plant ecology. He was a member of the Society of Fellows of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1981 he joined the faculty of the University of Delaware, School of Life and Health Sciences. In 1993, he received a joint appointment in Computer and Information Science at U. of Delaware, and was appointed to the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. In August of 1993, he joined the new Evolutionary Systems Department at ATR (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International) Human Information Processing Research Labs in Japan, as an invited researcher. In August 1998 he became a Professor of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Computer Science.