— UPCOMING EPISODE OF INTERSECTIONS —
What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond
With Dr. Bruce Greyson, One of the World’s Leading Medical Experts of Near-Death Experiences
I look forward to Thursdays now! Hitendra—thank you for sharing your insight and gifts! It is making this pandemic palatable and I feel more peace.
Thank you, Hitendra, for the amazing gift you are giving to this wonderful community you are building. You have brought love, excellence, and the incredible generosity of spirit to your visionary, powerful, and highly impactful work. That is how I know you are doing God’s work in the very special vineyard where you have been planted.
Thursday, March 11 (11 AM ET | 8 AM PT | 5 PM CET)
What do Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) reveal about the nature of life, death and the continuity of consciousness - and about who we are, at our core? How have these experiences transformed the lives of people and shaped their attitudes, beliefs, values, and personalities? What insights can we draw from these captivating first-hand accounts and decades of scientific research—on how to live with more meaning and fulfillment, develop more compassion for our fellow beings, and make the best of our remaining time on our planet?
Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa on Intersections on Thursday, March 11 (11 AM ET | 8 AM PT | 5 PM CET) in conversation with Dr. Bruce Greyson, one of the world’s leading medical experts of Near-Death Experiences and Professor Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Greyson’s interest in NDEs spiked shortly after graduating from medical school, “when he treated an unconscious patient in the emergency room who stunned him the next morning with an account of leaving her body. That event challenged his beliefs about the mind and the brain, and ultimately led him on a journey to study NDEs scientifically, leading to more than a hundred publications in medical journals”.
Dr. Greyson has co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies to support and promote research into these experiences, and edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to this body of research, for 27 years. He has been on the medical faculty at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut; consulted with the National Institutes of Health and addressed symposia on consciousness at the United Nations and at the Dalai Lama’s compound in Dharamsala, India; elected a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.
His research over nearly half a century has reported remarkable consistencies across NDE accounts and accuracy of events that unfolded while these individuals were unconscious, leading to the publication of his latest book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond.
Join us on Intersections to explore fundamental questions about life, death, and consciousness, learn about the universal themes captured from NDEs that cut across cultures and beliefs, and take away powerful insights about what it is to be human, and what lies beyond our immediate, everyday understanding of our true self.
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Thursday, January 28 (11 AM ET | 8 AM PT | 5 PM CET)
What would life be like if you followed your heart in the pursuit of exploration and adventure? If you made a habit of stepping out of your comfort zone every day? If every project you took on required remarkable courage, humility and laser-sharp focus? If one wrong move could make the difference between success and failure, between living and dying?
Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa on Intersections for an exhilarating conversation with Hilaree Nelson on Thursday, January 28 (11 AM ET | 8 AM PT | 5 PM CET). The 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and Captain of The North Face Athlete Team, Hilaree is the first woman to summit two 8,000 meter peaks, Mt. Everest and Lhotse, in one 24-hour push.
Her grit and skills in mountaineering are world-renowned. She climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with a broken leg, skied from the summit of the world’s sixth-highest mountain, the 26,906-foot Cho Oyu, without supplemental oxygen, and returned to the 27,940-foot Lhotse a second time to ski from the summit.
Outside Magazine has named her “one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports” and Men’s Journal to name her “one of the most adventurous women of the last 25 years.” Her feats on some of the world’s most remote mountains have also been featured in several documentaries, including Lhotse, Down to Nothing, The Denali Experiment (directed by Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk), and K2: The Impossible Descent.
Hilaree is also a leading environmental activist through her work with Protect Our Winters. She has been described "as a role model and mentor to other women adventurers, [who] continues to push the envelope of not only geographical exploration but exploration of our human capacity to challenge social norms."
Join us on Intersections to discover Hilaree's journey as a lifelong learner, with passion as her compass, and take away lessons to “dare greatly” into your own future.
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Mick Ebeling was a successful entrepreneur in the American film industry when he first learned of Tony 'TEMPT' Quan. Tony was a legendary graffiti artist in Los Angeles who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) that left him ‘entirely paralyzed but with his mind completely intact, confined to his bed and only able to move his eyes’. To help Tony, Mick organized a group of hackers, engineers and artists to invent the world’s first low-cost eye-tracking device that enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes. TIME magazine called it one of the “50 Best Inventions of 2010,” and the device is now part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Tony wrote back to Mick saying, “that’s the first time that I’ve drawn anything for seven years. I feel like I had been held underwater, and someone finally reached out and pulled my head up so I could take a breath.”
What gets some people to dream big, and then to translate their dream into reality? How can technology accelerate our pursuit of the impossible in today's time of transformation? What limits some of us from pursuing goals very dear to our hearts that others may consider impossible? When the odds are overwhelming and our skills are limited, what kind of superpowers can we tap into to turn imposing challenges into miraculous, life-changing stories?
Watch this episode of Intersections with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa and Mick Ebeling, renowned social change maker, and CEO of Not Impossible Labs—a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, founded on the premise that nothing is impossible. Mick’s story starts from the Hollywood hills where his commercial film production company developed animation and visual effects for many blockbuster films including ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, ‘Kite Runner’ and James Bond’s ‘Quantum of Solace.’ But it wasn’t these films that brought international acclaim to Mick’s contribution to humanity; it was his work with Tony, and later, with Daniel Omar.
When bombs were dropped in 14-year old Daniel's village in Sudan, he was so badly injured that both his arms had to be amputated. With more than 50,000 people having lost their limbs due to ongoing conflicts and lack of reliable access to prosthetics, Project Daniel was born to help the Sudanese population grapple with the complexities of living in a war-torn land and find ways to help them live better lives. Without any prior experience or knowledge, Mick learned from scratch how to make 3d-printed prosthetic arms, covertly traveled to Sudan, designed and printed an arm for Daniel, within four months of learning about him. Daniel was able to feed himself for the first time in two years. Mick also set up the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility in the Nuba mountains in Sudan, and empowered the local community with the expertise and technology to continue making prosthetic limbs, long after he was gone.
Mick Ebeling has since sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation, harvesting the power of technology and story to change the world. He has been named as One of the Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, and listed as One of the World’s Most Influential Creative People by The Creativity 50’s.
Watch this Intersections episode to discover the roadmap to high-impact large-scale social transformation, the mindset and temperament needed for taking on impossible projects, and Mick Ebeling's inspiring journey—from commercial film production and design, to finding incredible solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
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