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The Emergent Universe

Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA
Wednesday October 18 – Sunday October 22, 2017

Join Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND) for a 5-day immersive experience where leading scientists, philosophers and spiritual teachers gather to explore a new understanding of who we really are, both as individuals and as a society. Join us for 2 days of pre-conference workshops followed by a 3-day conference filled with talks, panels, meditation, performances, music and dance.

Tao gives birth to one,
One gives birth to two,
Two gives birth to three,
Three gives birth to ten thousand beings.
~ Tao Te Ching

Quarks in an atom; molecules in a liquid; proteins in a cell; cells in an organism; neurons in a brain; people in a city; grains of sand in a dune; snowflakes in an avalanche; stars in a galaxy: when the many parts of a system interact, behaviors appear in the whole system that weren’t present in the parts themselves. These surprising “emergent” behaviors are what our universe appears to be made of, from the Big Bang, to the unfathomable complexity of Life, to the unimaginable future yet to come.

Biology isn’t applied chemistry. Psychology isn’t applied biology. Every scale, every level of abstraction brings its own universe of phenomena, complexity, questions, hypotheses, exploration and experimentation. The whole is not only greater than the sum of its parts, it is fundamentally different. Analysis and reductionism can only provide limited insights, never capture the essence of the indescribable.

Join us to contemplate who we are, as individuals, as societies, as humanity, as cosmos from the perspective of emergence, listen to what science and the timeless wisdom traditions can tell us, and surrender to the awe which emerges when the mind gives up.

Registration is currently open and the abstract system will open February 1st.

 Standard Rate
Now - Oct. 1
Late Rate
Main Conference
Thur. Oct. 19, 7pm through
Sun. Oct. 22, 6 pm
(plus processing fee)
Includes 3 lunches
(plus processing fee)
Includes 3 lunches

Wed. Oct. 18 &
Thurs. Oct. 19
(plus processing fee)
(plus processing fee)
Standard Rate
Now - Oct. 14
Late Rate
"Taste of SAND"
Thursday Evening
Oct. 19, 6 pm - 10 pm
(doors open at 6 pm, program begins at 7)
(plus processing fee)
(plus processing fee)
Friday Pass
Oct. 20, 7 am - Midnight
Saturday Pass
Oct. 21, 7 am - Midnight
Sunday Pass
Oct. 22, 7 am - Midnight
(plus processing fee)
Includes 1 lunch
(plus processing fee)
Does NOT include lunch
Here you can Register for:
- Pre-Conference Workshops Only
- Main Conference
(includes the option to add Workshops)
- Day Passes and Taste of SAND
(when available)
SAND Livestream
We will be streaming daily from Thursday Oct. 19th @ 7pm (PST)
through Sunday Oct. 22nd @ 6pm (PST). Cost $70.

Please Click Here to learn more information about Registration details

Download the SAND17 free app. Please note the app is only for SAND17 registered attendees. With the app you will be able to:


  • View the event agenda and plan your schedule.
  • Plan ahead whom to meet at the event by browsing attendee profiles in advance.
  • Send in-app messages and exchange contact info.
  • Find attendees with common affiliations, education, shared networks and social profiles.
  • Receive update notifications from organizers.
  • GPS guidance, maps, and parking directions.
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