Have you ever wondered:

  • If science can explain spirituality and how various spiritual practices work?
  • Does spirituality fix human problems?
  • Why all human cultures have developed spiritual practices?
  • How does science explain the enlightened states that are reported by some spiritual paths?

A forthcoming book, Spirituality Explained, will suggest credible scientific answers to all of these questions (and more)! Although the working title of this book makes a very bold claim, the ideas in this book have been presented to a significant number of people from various related disciplines (in 22 presentations). Positive feedback indicates wide agreement that these ideas actually do explain spirituality in a new and very scientific way, and this explanation of spirituality contains no “spirits.”

The Author

Frank Heile, the author of Spirituality Explained, holds a Ph.D. in Physics and considers himself to be an atheist. He has been doing a number of different spiritual practices (with positive results) for many years (About).

Frank’s Upcoming Speaking Events

On Friday and Saturday, October 13 & 14, Frank will informally have his Stanford poster displayed at the Transformative Technology Conference in Palo Alto. Frank would be happy to discuss and answer questions about the model during breaks in the conference.  The poster will also be available at the Finders Course alumni meeting on Sunday, October 15 following the conference.

On Thursday, October 19th, Frank will present a poster at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute Symposium. More information about the symposium is here. The poster session is from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on the lawn in the Rehnquist Courtyard.  The poster that will be presented is here.

On Friday, October 20th, Frank will speak at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Jose, CA, from Noon to 12:20 PM. Click here for more details.

On Sunday, November 19th, Frank will be the featured Sunday Brunch speaker at the San Francisco Regional Mensa Gathering in Emeryville, CA. The link to the program is here and the registration link is here. The Sunday only registration is $17 which would include Frank’s talk (but not the brunch).

If you are a member of a group and if you would like Frank to speak at one of your events, please Contact him.  See the Events tab for more information about previous presentations.

More about Spirituality Explained

Spirituality Explained uses a specific three-agent model of the human brain (and consciousness) to explain spirituality. The key ideas are:

  • The model of the human brain is composed of three separate but interconnected and interacting agents.
  • Each agent has different goals and uses different techniques for achieving those goals.
  • The names given to these three agents are Thinker, Doer, and Experiencer.

The book uses the three-agent model to explain:

  • How human consciousness differs from animal consciousness
    • How spirituality arose when human consciousness changed
  • The problem that spirituality solves and how spiritual practices ameliorate that problem.
  • The properties of spiritual enlightenment
    • How certain practices lead to spiritual enlightenment

The models and other ideas in the book are completely consistent with all known laws of physics.

Everyone; atheists, agnostics, spiritual or religious people and even scientists will derive value from this scientific explanation of spirituality.

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Preview of Spirituality Explained


The quickest introduction to these ideas is from the single page poster submitted to the Stanford Neuroscience Symposium in October 2017. This poster has the clearest and most compelling explanation of the core ideas from the current three agent model. This 2.5 page PDF contains the content of that poster.  (For a more complete explanation of the model, see the playlist of 8 videos below this poster.)

Click below to expand and read the PDF:



14-Minute Video:

The following 14-minute video was created by a two-person documentary video production team at Three Bridges West. They interviewed Frank for an hour in August 2017 and this video is the result. This is an excellent and easy to understand explanation of the core ideas in this model that explains spirituality:

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Playlist of 8 Short Videos:

The following image is a link to a YouTube Playlist that contains 8 short videos that add up to 1 hour and 8 minutes of total video. This represents the latest version of my ideas for the book.  There have been significant changes since last April when I had last updated this page. This playlist was created using videos from two talks I gave in July 2017: at the Mensa Annual Gathering in Hollywood, FL on July 7th and at the Humanist Community of Silicon Valley Meetup on July 30th.

Click below to play the video playlist:

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