About me

Hi! I’m Ben ūüôā How can I help
make your life better?

‚ÄúHow often have you felt completely at home in yourself, as opposed to a collection of evaluations about the world?‚ÄĚ
Gabor Maté

My name is Ben: I’m¬†a philosopher,¬†neuroscientist and author,¬†and an amateur¬†poet¬†and¬†musician. For the first 25 years of my life I was¬†harshly logical, unfathomably¬†self-centered, and thoroughly depressed (think Spock¬† or¬†Sherlock Holmes). The only motivating force in my life was what I considered to be the ultimate question: “what is¬†consciousness?” I ‘dropped out’ of¬†high school when I was 16 and started a B.S. degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, which I completed when I was 19. This degree did nothing to quench my thirst for an answer to subjectivity, so I took¬†another 3 years to complete a B.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. This degree granted me the¬†necessary pre-requisites for admission into a Neuroscience PhD program. I was three¬†years into Marquette’s graduate program¬†when my five¬†year relationship ended and my grandmother died of CJD. While¬†the expected response to tragedies may be depression, I had always been depressed. Instead, my highly ordered¬†mental structure contained the flood of emotion, and, for the first time, I was happy. I followed¬†my¬†thread of feeling and it led¬†me¬†to eightstep. The balance that I had been missing my whole life (between my logic and emotion, my motivation¬†and fulfillment, my brain and my body) was suddenly within reach! Balance is consciousness, and I had been studying it for as long as I could remember. So, I wrote a Master’s thesis¬†and left my promising career in science to be a life coach!

“Life and consciousness¬†… are indelibly interwoven.”
-Antonio Damasio