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Could an ordinary person reach a higher state of consciousness?

Phase I

Phase II

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Goal: $500,000

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According to tradition

Meditation can trigger an unknown force in the human body, thought to allow access to higher states of consciousness.

According to science

No such force exists.

I wanted to separate
fact from fiction

What would happen if I lived
like a monk, monitoring my neurophysiological profile
along the way?

This is the true story of
what happened

Thanks for submitting!

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A data-driven dive down the
spiritual rabbit-hole.

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THE METRICS

With researchers at UCSF and UC Davis, I collected and analyzed over 5,000 unique data points including blood samples, MRI and EEG.

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THE METHOD

Following an obscure Taoist text, I gave up alcohol, coffee, and sex, and meditated for an hour a day.

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THE MYSTERY

The otherworldly effects of the regimen launched me on a quest to understand the science of spirituality and answer the question: What on Earth was happening to me?

 

FEATURING

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Helané Wabeh

Research Director
Institute for Noetic Sciences

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Bob Roth

Executive Director
David Lynch Foundation

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Joan Harrigan

Director
PKYC

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David Vago

Neuroscience
Vanderbilt University

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Sir James Mallinson

Indologist
SOAS London

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Philip St. Romain

Contemplative Ministries

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David Zeigler

Neuroscape Lab

UCSF

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Seth Powell

Founder

Yogic Studies

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Bonnie Greenwell

Transpersonal Therapist

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Rick Archer

Buddha at the Gas Pump

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Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

Cal Poly University

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Mike Molina

Emerging Sciences Foundation

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Scott Hiegel

Himself

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Jason Staiger

Himself

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J.J. Semple

Himself

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Myrna Filman

Herself

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Mina Mann

Herself

 

CREW

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Duncan Carroll
Director

Duncan's interest in meditation began when he had an out-of-body experience at age 18.  Since then he's been determined to apply the scientific method to the investigation of spiritual phenomena.  In 2015 he paired up with Only Human Films to begin work on Super Meditate Me.

SPECIAL THANKS:

Marc Vaccaro, Ben Solnik, Rich & Nancy Carroll, Stephen Austin, Megan Koehler, The Fiehn Lab at UC Davis, Neuroscape Lab at UCSF, The Institute for Consciousness Research, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, The Science & Nonduality Conference, Paul & Dale Pond, Mike Bradford, Teri Degler, Mike & Linda Molina, Gene Keiffer, Dr. Maria Samsonov, Lasse Järvi, Dan Lindsay, Melissa Neidich, Amanda Micheli, Penny Kelly, Mark Harrison, Eric Wright, Stuart Sovatsky, Segyu Rinpoche, Gary Kraftsow, Stuart Perrin, Louis Komjathy, Shamini Jain, Indre Viskontas, SkeptiCal, Daniel Kottke, Kris "Thrash" Weston, and Gopi Krishna.

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Josh Izenberg
Cinematographer

Only Human Films

Josh Izenberg is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and producer, whose debut documentary, SLOMO (2013) premiered as a New York Times Op-Doc, won over a dozen awards, and was shortlisted for an Academy Award.

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