This video is a special release from the original Thinking Allowed series that ran on public television from 1986 until 2002. It was recorded in about 1993.
Human beings are capable of extraordinary transformations that often go unrecognized in contemporary thought. Michael Murphy summarizes scientific efforts to document extraordinary human capabilities. He draws upon research in hypnosis, parapsychology, and biofeedback as well as medical accounts of the placebo effect and the uncanny remission of disease. Murphy suggests that programs of transformative training will enable individuals to cultivate capacities that are now considered extraordinary.
Murphy speaks of his studies with Sri Aurobindo in India, as well as his years of work with the Esalen Institute in California and his own involvement in athletic training. He proposes that integral transformative practices in the future will draw from the world’s spiritual traditions and will be more inclusive and wholistic.
Michael Murphy is founder of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He is author of Golf in the Kingdom, Jacob Atabet, The End of Ordinary History, (with Rhea White) The Psychic Side of Sports and The Future of the Body.
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Published on September 23, 2023