Balancing the MindwithChris Niebauer

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Chris Niebauer earned his PhD in cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Toledo, specializing in the differences between the left and right sides of the human brain. He is the author of the bestselling book No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology Is Catching Up to Buddhism and the workbook that followed it. He was a professor at a state university in Pennsylvania for 22 years, where he taught courses on consciousness, mindfulness, left- and right-brain differences, and artificial intelligence. His website is

Chris shares his research into left and right-brain processing and the value of understanding these differences. He suggests we’ve gotten ourselves into a thinking problem and we’re under the illusion that we can think our way out using more thinking.

00:00:00 Introduction

00:01:37 Consciousness vs. thinking

00:04:41 Intelligence, knowledge and consciousness

00:07:57 Thinking, feeling and integration

00:10:12 Individualism in left and right brain processing

00:16:57 Nonduality, wholeness, mysticism and joy

00:23:22 Bilateral integration and balance

00:28:43 Suffering, survival and problem solving

00:33:06 Contentment, narratives and paradox

00:36:32 Categorization

00:38:17 Coming to awareness

00:42:06 Brain development and identity

00:51:00 Mindful embodied awareness

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Editor: John Hartmann

(Recorded on March 6, 2024)

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Published on April 17, 2024


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