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Hacking the Self is a podcast, blog, and community that explores the emerging convergence of various disciplines, traditions and cultures in their attempts to understand human consciousness and promote human flourishing.

This space dives into the desire to understand The Self, or “atman,” a concept in Indian metaphysics that’s often translated as “consciousness” or “soul.” You will find collection of conversations and written articles that are sometimes esoteric but also aspire to be pragmatic and to help people understand themselves in relation to others.

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The Power of Right Intention and Radical Acceptance

The Power of Right Intention and Radical Acceptance

Right Intention and radical acceptance are two of the most important qualities of living a life filled with great purpose and inner peace. However, if we want to find happiness we have to hack our biology because we’re not hardwired for happiness: we’re hardwired for survival. Modern scientific breakthroughs from ...

#015: Biohacking Tips for Improved Health with Dayne Barkley

This week I speak with biohacker and life coach Dayne Barkley. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Dayne is a Certified Bulletproof Human Potential Coach & Primal Health Coach with a primary focus on Quantum Health principles and sleep. His philosophy towards health and wellness encompasses an holistic approach of ...
Religion for Skeptics

Religious Devotion for Skeptics

Religious Devotion for Skeptics  For many years I harbored serious qualims with organized religion. In all honesty, I still do. But when I moved to Thailand in 2010 I began to study various Eastern religions, particularly Buddhism, which has had an incredibly positive impact on my life and which helped ...
The Power of Right Intention and Radical Acceptance

Announcement: Changing the Name to Hacking the Self

 I’m sure some of you have already noticed that the name of the website and podcast recently changed from Hacking Consciousness to Hacking the Self. I'm writing this post to explain the reasons for the change of the name.   The main impetus for the name change was to avoid ...

#014: Talking Psychedelics with Dennis McKenna, PhD

Guest Bio: The professional and personal interests of Dennis McKenna, Ph.D are centered on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his Doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca ...

#013: Listening to Ayahuasca with Rachel Harris

Guest Bio: Psychologist Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD and Anxiety. She was in private practice for thirty-five years working with people interested in psychospiritual development. During a decade working in research, Rachel received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award and ...

#012: Artificial Intelligence and The End of the Human Era with James Barrat

This week I sit down with James Barrat, documentary film maker and author of "Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and The End of the Human Era." James walks us through the history of AI, outlines the potential dangers, and talks about the need for a thoughtful and honest conversation about ...

#011: Rational Mysticism with John Horgan

This week on Hacking Consciousness: science writer John Horgan on his book Rational Mysticism. We explore the following topics: what science and reason can help us to understand about the nature of consciousness the limits of scientific knowledge the idea of enlightenment the value and drawbacks of using psychedelics to understand the mind ...

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