September 29, 2023 6:00pm

Dr. Robert Thurman in Conversation with Maureen Seaberg, author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses

Robert A.F. Thurman | Maureen Seaberg



Friday, September 29

6:00-8:00pm ET

Hybrid | $25


The latest sensory research is a wakeup call and a new frontier in human potential proving that humans are much more powerful perceivers than previously known.
We can see light at the level of a single photon; hear sounds with amplitudes smaller than an atom; smell a trillion scents; have a newly-discovered set of taste buds for discerning fresh water and can feel a single molecule change in thickness on a smooth surface with our bare fingertips. We are as sharp as the rest of the animal kingdom and no machine can match us.
These newly revealed potentials are the subject of Author Maureen Seaberg’s new book, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses (St. Martin’s Press). Dr. Robert Thurman said in the work:   “The main point is that Western science is imprisoned in the dogma of a kind of very poorly-thought-through materialism…” He went on to say that that was contradicted by atomic theories and physicists’ theories on the quantum…”It’s a matter of seeing better what the nature of reality is, which should be the purpose of science.”
The book grew from a series written with Tibet House’s scientific advisor , biophysical anthropologist William C. Bushell, PhD (MIT, 1994-2020), in Psychology Today in 2018-2019. In 2009 Bushell identified the human senses as potentially a form of “soft-tissue/high technology,” and in fact developed an integrative scientific model which reveals that, through special observational meditative practices, adept Tibetan meditators are capable of achieving sensory-perceptual access to this atomic and quantum level of reality — i.e. to the fundamental fabric of the universe — upon which their understanding of the universe is in turn based.

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Dr. Robert Thurman in Conversation with Maureen Seaberg, author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses

Friday, Sep 29, 2023 06:00 PM



Maureen Seaberg is an author, speaker and sensory research subject with lab-proven super color vision or tetrachromacy, as well as synesthesia.
She has written for the New York Times, National Geographic, Psychology Today, Vogue and many other outlets.
Her latest book, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses (St. Martin’s Press),  is about the new, much higher human sensory potentials recently proven by science — though known about among adept meditators for centuries. It has been chosen as a “must-read” by Malcolm Gladwell’s Next Big Idea Club and has been positively reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.
Ms. Seaberg was present at the opening ceremony at Tibet House as a young reporter and is very grateful for the opportunity to share her work.
Robert Thurman is the President and Founder of Tibet House US. Known in the academic circles as Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, he is a talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings and the first Westerner Tibetan Buddhist monk ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A charismatic speaker and author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, Bob was named by The New York Times the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, and was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2020, for his help in recovering India’s ancient Buddhist heritage. Time Magazine chose him as one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.”

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