Organization I’ve been learning about: The University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies 

Excerpt from their website: 

  • “Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies (UVA DOPS) is a highly productive university-based research group devoted to the investigation of phenomena that challenge mainstream scientific paradigms regarding the nature of human consciousness. DOPS researchers objectively document and carefully analyze data collected regarding extraordinary human experiences.”
  • “The DOPS core research mission is the rigorous evaluation of empirical evidence for exceptional human experiences and capacities that bear on whether mind and brain are distinct and separable and whether consciousness survives physical death.”

If you’d like to learn more about what the key people in the Department of Perceptual Studies have to say, you can check out this talk, delivered at South by Southwest. Note, the first couple minutes are a repeat of the video linked to above. Skip to 2:05 for the beginning of the talk. 


Excerpts From My Journal 

Simple trick for building a meditation routine into your life: leave ten to twenty minutes early any time you are driving somewhere and meditate in your car once you arrive. Half the time it’ll work and the other half of the time you’ll get delayed in traffic and end up arriving on time. 

There’s a lot to be said for being honest with yourself about what you don’t truly know. 

If I had a nickel for ever time I criticized my inner critic for being too critical…

Ideas and beliefs are like spirits; non-corporeal entities that nonetheless have a significant amount of causal sway on physical reality. 

In my experience, life tends to advance one conversation at a time. 


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