The Theosophical
Society in Australia

Melbourne Lodge

The Self, an illusion, or the reflection of a deeper reality?

Zoom Session, 12.30 - 2.00 am, 23 April 2022.

Featured Speaker:Dr Richard Silberstein
Venue:Melbourne Lodge

Emeritus Professor Dr Richard Silberstein, LODGE MEMBER,  23 April 1.30-3pm

Synopsis of talk

Over the last 50 years, research in areas such as ‘the near-death-experience’ and parapsychology suggest that consciousness cannot be accounted for solely in terms of brain function. This presentation will explore the origin of the ‘sense of self’ from a number of perspectives such as neuroscientific and parapsychological research, near-death-experience accounts and mystical experiences that point to the existence of a deeper and expanded sense of self. This deeper sense of self appears to transcend the separate sense of self that is associated with our normal waking consciousness. The talk will also touch on Theosophical and other perspectives regarding this deeper sense of self.

Brief Bio

Richard Silberstein holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Swinburne University of Technology where he served as Head of the Department of Physics and subsequently, founding director of the Brain Sciences Institute. Richard holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Melbourne and a BSc (Hons) majoring in physics from Monash University. He has over 40 years of neuroscience research experience and has authored and co-authored numerous publications in various areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience as well as consumer neuroscience. His most recent publications address the topic of brain functional connectivity differences in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and brain functional connectivity correlates of creativity.

Register in advance for this Zoom event:
When: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Time: 01:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.


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