David Lynch: Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain

The inside story on transcending the brain, with David Lynch, Award-winning film director of Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mullholland Drive, Inland Empire; John Hagelin, Ph.D., Quantum physicist featured in “What the bleep do we know?;”

And Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition Maharishi University of Management. Credits: producers:UC Berkeley Educational Technology Services, speaker: David Lynch, speaker: John Hagelin, Ph.D., speaker: Fred Travis, Ph.D.

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  • Verokomo

    Very insightful speech. I strongly recommend.

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  • Ben W

    This is an extended advertisement for the Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Lynch does not have a prepared address but instead responds to questions from the audience, which he often doesn’t answer satisfactorily.
    John Hagelin’s ‘scientific comments’ contained nothing I could detect as being ‘scientific’. He started by broadly comparing unified field theory in physics to a unified field of consciousness, and suggesting that the two are the same thing (without any explanation of why or how); he then proceeded to extol the virtues of TM some more.

    I should note that I am very open to such ideas as a universal consciousness, and even have a few ideas of my own; I just dislike seeing something dressed up as ‘science’ when there’s nothing scientific about it.

    As a software developer who worked for 6 years developing a medical EEG monitor, I didn’t find Fred Travis’ demo of the EEG of a meditating student that exciting. Yes, TM is effective at relaxing the mind (I practise a very similar but free variety of meditation), and that was all I saw on the EEG.

    This combined lecture seems pitched at complete novices to meditation and spirituality, and it is pitched on the basis of pseudo-scientific bedazzlement and celebrity bedazzlement. I would much prefer if they acknowledged where the scientific gaps were and actually explained why they believe what they believe in a way that can be critically evaluated by the viewer. I would also prefer if they weren’t advertising something that carries a $2500 price tag, when there are free equivalents out there.

    A good equivalent to TM, along pretty much the same lines, involves internal repetition of a two-syllable meaningless sound (Zee-ahm, for instance). Focus is given entirely to this sound, allowing it to speed up, slow down, change slightly, etc. Whenever you notice attention has drifted away from the sound to something else, you gently bring it back. The expectation is, however, that attention WILL drift away, for longer and longer periods, so there is nothing ‘wrong’ about this drift away. Effectively it ties up the critical faculty of the brain allowing first daydream then utter relaxation. That’s it in a nutshell, and it does, as Lynch, Hagelin and Travis say, have wonderful benefits, including dropping you into an “ocean of bliss”.

    • http://www.consciousness.com Dav*d

      Ben,
      It’s interesting about mantras. Supposedly the reality of sanscrit is actually anomonpoeia (excuse my spelling) and the person was clairvoyantly sensing the inner mantra of the thing, and verbolizing that mantra as the word.
      In reality, everything is a mantra except one thing. Personal essence. this is because mantral manifestation is sine wave duality and essence is equilibrium or non valenced energy.

      I find this to be true: “enter the lake without causing a ripple”
      this can only be done as essence, anything else is Under the Sun.

      I have no clue how I ended up at this David Lynch site… oh yes I googled David and consciousness……… since I have the web site consciousness dot calm…

      I am playing with the centrifugal fields of the OptiMystical Universe and I really want a documentary filmed that highlights this Over The Sun
      realization

      Peace of Pi,
      David Hargrave
      1 800 ANGELIC

  • sondra

    I have to agree with the comments above from Ben W. It was disappointing there was no prepared talk by Lynch and it did sound like an advertisement for TM.Lynch really didn’t talk about creativity or his creative process in any substantial way- just referred everything back to TM. I think he must be rich enough that his recommendation of TM is sincere goodwill not profit making-just the message seems a bit ‘brand’ oriented. As Ben W says there are other means of learning meditation, but in fairness as Lynch says- the official TM course about helping you develop the practice to continue the discipline on your own and many people need that help to be disciplined- like a personal trainer…

  • Xander Crews

    This word beautiful is getting flogged a bit…..

  • http://fuckdavidlynch.org fuckdavidlynch

    infomercial for TM. david lynch plays off the cost of TM as though it is nothing, sorry but 2500$ can go towards a lot better stuff. david lynch, you sir are an idiot.

    • Terry

      agreed mate, you should take your $2500 and buy a motor cycle and a new mobile ph:  and play with em both in traffic = )   

  • Terry

    hmmm where is the love from everybody posting here?

    Ben:  Hagelin stated  atom > proton electron > quark and continued to 1 hundred millionth of an atom!?  he is talking about the sum of Everything here..  perhaps try seeing what the bleep.. 

    i personally had never heard of david lynch until viewing this doc, have heard of mulholland drive and have no interest in seeing it..   i wouldn’t part with $2500 either for an ability that we are all capable of reaching on our own for free,  that said tho,  there’s no need to revile the man for charging an instructional fee,  as he said he paid it..

    obviously people posting here have an interest in the subject matter,  if indeed you’d like to move to a better world you perhaps could try an old saying,…    if you do not have anything good to say don’t say anything at all…

  • Suiside167

    Is this still on,I cant seem to view it,I keep getting an error.

  • Suiside167

    Is this still on,I cant seem to view it,I keep getting an error.

  • Paul Lofeoddo

    I love David Lynch, but he sounds pretty crazy most of the time in this lecture. And this random physicist doesn’t even know what consciousness is, or the self, he’s useless.

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