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The pursuit of truth is a delicate balance of right intentions, rigorous experiments, phenomenology, silent retreats, spontaneous insights, embodied-enactivism, psychonautics, kindness, humour, and a hint of neuro-reductionism.

Ruben is a contemplative scientist at the VU University of Amsterdam

Seeing clearly

Is it possible that meditation genuinely allows practitioners to perceive the world in a more direct way, beyond conceptions? Using a combination of neuroimaging, machine learning, and neuro-phenomenology, we are investigating some of the rarest states of consciousness accessible to human beings. Read our unifying theory of meditation.

Sudden insight

How do we know when our ideas are true? What causes false insights? We are creating new ways to trigger insight experiences in the laboratory to investigate what leads to the dark side of eureka and the mechanisms that underly mystical experiences.

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