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 30 different presentations). Positive feedback indicates wide agreement that these ideas actually do explain spirituality in a new and very scientific way. 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

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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 currently 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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Previews of Spirituality Explained

The following videos and PDFs are the most up-to-date, complete and easiest way to get a preview of the contents of the forthcoming book.


Enhanced PDF for the Most Up-to-Date Video Describing the Full Model!

Frank is excited to announce this enhanced PDF which provides a significantly more in-depth, and coherent explanation of the ideas presented in the video! If you don’t like watching long videos, this is a great option for you to explore the information at your own pace.

Most Up-to-Date and Complete Video Describing the Full Model!

Frank is excited to announce a new 75-minute video of his recent talk in Palo Alto. He is convinced this is the most complete, compelling, and convincing explanation of his model of consciousness thus far. Even if you have seen one of the recent videos, this new video is worth watching since it contains a significant amount of new content. This new video also provides a more straightforward and concise explanation of several aspects of the model. This talk explains multiple different kinds of conscious awareness, the origin and efficacy of spirituality, and how spiritual practices work.

Click below to watch the full 75-minute video:


A Shorter Video

If you don’t have time to watch the 75-minute video, here is a short 20-minute video that describes how this model explains multiple forms of conscious awareness. This video is from Frank’s talk at a concurrent session of The Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, Arizona on April 3rd, 2018.  The 20-minute video of this talk is here. This video explains multiple different types of conscious awareness using Attention Schema Theory combined with the Three Agent Model. These types of conscious awareness include animal consciousness, normal modern human consciousness, flow state consciousness, and enlightened states of consciousness.

Stanford 2017 Poster:

The quickest introduction to these ideas is from the single page poster presented at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute Symposium in October 2017. This poster has the clearest and most compelling explanation of the core ideas from the current three agent model. The (unreadable) image below shows the layout of the original poster as presented. If you click on the image you will get a very readable 3 page PDF that contains the (slightly modified) content of that poster.

Click below to expand and read the PDF:



14-Minute Interview 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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Science and Nonduality Conference 2017:

The following 22-minute video was recorded at Frank’s talk at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Jose, CA, on Oct 20, 2017. This was the first talk where Frank began to talk about Attention Schema Theory combined with the three-agent model. The SF Mensa Talk on Nov 2017 (above) is the first talk that fully incorporates Attention Shema Theory with the three-agent model.

Click the following button to view or download the PDF of the PowerPoint slides used in this video.  Some of the ideas that were expressed verbally during the presentation have been added to this PDF in blue text.  In addition, some new ideas were included that wouldn’t have fit in the time constraints on the presentation.

The Resources page includes these videos, older videos, and additional PDFs that explain this model.

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