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Searching for the Mind: A Scientific Exploration of the Intelligence of Nature – Interview with Evita Ochel
Program with Bill Swail, RPh, and Julia Strickler, ND – The Good News Health Show on People’s Rx
Dr. Lieff’s interview begins at the 14:00 mark.
Program with Bill Swail, RPh and Amy Neuzil, ND – Let’s Get Healthy on People’s Rx
Dr. Lieff’s interview begins at the 17:30 mark.
Lectures for General Audiences
Searching for the Mind
The bulk of current scientific knowledge has been discovered in the past ten years and many of the most original results have appeared in the last year. This lecture will distill the major new findings in the fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, molecular biology, evolution, and biophysics that affect our understanding of the mind. It will focus on the paradigm shift I expect to see over the coming years in the scientific understanding of the connection between mind and the material world.
Lectures for General Scientific Audiences
Searching for the Mind
The bulk of current scientific knowledge has been discovered in the past ten years and many of the most original results have appeared in the last year. This lecture will discuss those findings that relate to a new understanding of the mind. It will focus on new discoveries and their implications for the paradigm shift I expect to see over the coming years in the scientific understanding of the connection between mind and the material world. Advances in the fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, microbiology, molecular biology, evolution, and biophysics will be examined, and their relevance to the emerging view of mind as an integral aspect of nature will be explored.
Lectures for Medical Audiences
Psychiatric Illness in the Medically Ill & Elderly
This lecture will describe the evaluation and treatment of depression, psychosis, and encephalopathy/delirium in patients with major medical illnesses and the elderly. The interaction of medical, neurological, and psychiatric illness is complex including the multiple medications many patients receive. Special attention will be given to the use of psychotherapies and psychopharmacological agents in these complicated patients, as well as the medical medications and procedures that commonly cause mental disturbance.
Advances in Neuroscience: Implications for Psychiatric Treatment
This lecture discusses how progress in neuroscience is shaping future directions in the development of new psychotropic medications and in the understanding of other treatments used for psychiatric illness.
Recent & Upcoming Events
Science and Non Duality Conference
October 23-27, 2012
San Rafael, California
Lecture entitled “Searching for the Mind: Exploring the relevance of recent scientific discoveries to the emerging view of mind as an integral aspect of nature.”
The bulk of current scientific knowledge has been discovered in the past ten years and many of the most original results have appeared in the last year. This lecture will explore a paradigm shift I expect to see in the scientific understanding of the connection between mind and the material world based upon the deluge of this new research.
Important new research relevant to the emerging view of mind as an integral aspect of nature is appearing in the fields of neuroscience, animal and plant behavior, microbiology, molecular biology, evolution, and biophysics.
- Neuroscience is showing evidence of surprising neuroplasticity, that is, growth of new brain cells and new neuronal circuits, triggered by exercise, meditation, psychotherapies, medications, stimulating environments, and new learning.
- Animal research is demonstrating much greater intelligence than previously thought, including the possibilities of empathy and emotions much further down the evolutionary tree.
- Plant research shows surprising abilities including decision-making, complex communication, and self-defense.
- Microbes show decision-making, group behavior, and advanced communication—demonstrating “brain like” capacities without a brain. Even viruses are showing complex behavior.
- Neurons, immune cells, and cancer cells, which are vastly more complex than microbes, are being shown to have extremely advanced communication and group activity.
- Evolution research is demonstrating cellular proofreading, widespread symbiosis, and sharing of genes between creatures, which may be evidence of proto-mind characteristics of cells.
- Information is now being considered as a fundamental characteristic of the quantum world, and might also be expressed in cells and in the human mind.
The above represent a dramatic convergence of research findings about what and where the mind is, most of which is unexplainable by the current view based only on random molecular action. This new research is much more easily understood by shifting to a view of mind as an integral aspect of nature. Also, future research would be enhanced, and likely more creative, with this shift.
Conscious News – Body/Mind/Spirit Summit (online)
April 3, 2013
Available for several days after on website, then part of packet for purchase.
This lecture includes background about “Searching for the Mind,” and a discussion of what neuroscience knows about extraordinary mental states including accidental savants, out of body experiences, near death experiences, psychedelics, meditation, spiritual experiences and more.
Berklee School of Music
April 3, 2013
Lecture to Berklee School of Music Faculty and students: Music, Neuroplasticity and the Mutli Sensory Brain; Music Improvisation and Spirituality; The Power of Music Across the Lifespain; How Musical Training Enhances Our thinking.
American Psychiatric Association
May 20, 2013
Lecture titled “Discussion of Extraordinary Mental States Related to a Case of Xenoglossy”.
Xenoglossy is a paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak or write
A psychiatric patient spontaneously began to speak Sanskrit fluently, write it down phonetically, and translate it into English. Dr. Lieff discusses the case in light of current findings about extraordinary mental states including accidental savants with increased cognitive and artistic capabilities, experimentally stimulated out of body experiences, near death experiences, psychedelic experiences, meditation and spiritual experiences.
Invitee to TED MED 2013
April 16-19, 2013 (Invitation Only)
The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Praise for Speaking
I have attended a number of Dr. Lieff’s lectures over the years. They are always updated with the latest scientific information, sometimes even with data emerging on the day of the lecture. He keeps up with the latest findings in a variety of areas and integrates this burgeoning scientific data into an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion.Ronald Bugaoan, MD
Highpoint’s Men’s Addiction Treatment Center
Based on his years of intensive study, Dr. Lieff has acquired extensive knowledge about multiple scientific fields related to the human mind. He is able to take extremely complicated scientific material and explain its relevance in very practical, understandable terms.Steven Kaufman, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Lieff’s lectures are extremely informative and entertaining. He is able to explain very complex and up-to-date neuroscience concepts in a very enjoyable and easy to understand manner.Duy Pham, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Director, Recovery Ways Residential Treatment Center
Board Certified, Addiction Psychiatry & General Adult Psychiatry
Dr. Lieff is a gifted, informative lecturer. Audiences find his lectures very stimulating. I highly recommend him to audiences everywhere.Rochelle Cooper, APRN
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
Vero Beach, Florida
I always greatly enjoy Dr. Lieff’s lectures. They are filled with the latest material and synthesize information in a way that is challenging and provocative.Shivkumar H. Jha, MD
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas