Dr. Bruce Damer drops by Mindrolling for a conversation around why evolution is about lifting and gifting, the origin of life and consciousness, and creating a spacious awareness.
Dr. Bruce Damer is a Canadian-American multidisciplinary scientist, designer, and author. Dr. Damer collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth, and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. Learn more about him at damer.com, and be sure to check out his Levity Zone podcast.
Links from this episode: The Origin of Life and Consciousness | Becoming Nobody
Lifting and Gifting
Raghu asks Dr. Bruce about the groundbreaking work he’s doing on the origin of life. For Dr. Bruce, evolution is not about survival of the fittest, but about lifting and gifting, and being collaborative in nature. To Raghu, this sounds just like satsang.
“Where this ties into Ram Dass’s teachings is that, in fact, science may be on the verge of showing that the deepest common ancestor of all life was a community in collaboration, not individuals in competition. It’s breathtaking.” – Dr. Bruce Damer
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The Origin of Life and Consciousness (22:25)
Raghu and Dr. Bruce discuss his talk on the origin of life and consciousness from the Science and Non-Duality Conference. Dr. Bruce recounts some of his experiences using Ayahuasca and how he discovered his own boot code.
“Here are these people on inquiry from all levels, from all ages, who are blessedly fascinated with the liminal ridge between these two worlds [dualism and non-dualism], and willing to be soft enough to take one to the next.” – Dr. Bruce Damer
The Realmer (36:45)
Raghu and Dr. Bruce explore the power of community, and how the next guru is satsang. Dr. Bruce talks about how the satsang he’s a part of is trying to cultivate a spacious awareness. They discuss reincarnation, and just how improbable human beings are in the grand scheme of the universe.
“So in some sense, I gave my consciousness permission to travel. I call it the Realmer.” – Dr. Bruce Damer