The Scientific and Medical Network (SMN) is a worldwide professional community and membership organisation for open-minded, rigorous and evidence-based enquiry into themes bridging science, spirituality and consciousness. It promotes a cultural shift in our understanding of reality and human experience beyond the limits imposed by exclusively materialist and reductionist approaches. The Network brings together open-minded and discerning people who are inclined to a non-materialist interpretation of the universe. Please click here to join us on our journey, or click here for information about our Local Groups and Meetings.
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- Is the Sun Conscious? – Rupert Sheldrake PhD on 16th Jan 2017 7:30:pm, at Hampstead London
- The Frenchman’s Cove Experience, Jamaica – The Cosmic Consciousness Connection on 17th Jan 2017 2:00:pm, at Frenchman’s Cove
- Science, religion and the future of the afterlife – Dr. Peter Moore on 13th Feb 2017 7:30:pm, at Hampstead London
- Experiences of Angels: Intimations of Ultimate Reality? – Marianne Rankin on 13th Mar 2017 7:30:pm, at Hampstead London
- 40th Anniversary Mystics and Scientists Conference on 7th Apr 2017 11:00:am, at Horsley Park
- In-formation at the Centre of Creation: consciousness, causality and coherence – Dr. Jude Currivan on 24th Apr 2017 7:30:pm, at Hampstead London
How does digital technology change the way the brain works? Is digital technology making us smarter? Do children learn faster using computers? Neuroscientist and philosopher, Manfred Spitzer, argues in this TV interview that digital technology is dangerous to the developing brain, and should be banned in education.
"Last April I reviewed Peter Gotzsche’s earlier book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime, which was a systematic exposition of the corruption of the medical system through the pervasive influence of the pharmaceutical industry that effectively controls education, journals, regulation and governments, the last as a function of their obsession with economic growth. "
"Millennia-old religious faith and cutting-edge neuroscience seem an unlikely pairing, but by combining the two, researchers have uncovered new information about our brain's response to spiritual experiences. The team observed the brain's reward circuits in Mormons as they engaged in spiritual activities, finding that they activated reward regions in a very similar fashion to other stimuli like gambling, drugs, sex and love."
"Consciousness isn’t something scientists like to talk about much. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, and despite the best efforts of certain researchers, you can’t quantify it. And in science, if you can’t measure something, you’re going to have a tough time explaining it."
"Spiritual experience is an experience of aliveness of mind and body as a unity. Moreover, this experience of unity transcends not only the separation of mind and body, but also the separation of self and world. The central awareness in these spiritual moments is a profound sense of oneness with all, a sense of belonging to the universe as a whole." - Dr. Fritjof Capra
"Claims of paranormal phenomena/experiences during Near-Death Experiences are not just purely subjective. There are cases of NDE in which a third party (partner, relative, friend or medical professional) directly confirms these claims, rather than only through the near-death experiencers (NDErs) themselves. Skeptics have tried to debunk such strong cases but they have failed."
"Differentiating states of consciousness in brain-injured patients is a major challenge for clinicians. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and their colleagues recently used positron emission tomography (PET) to measure the metabolism of glucose in the brains of 131 patients, finding that 42 percent of normal cortical function is the minimum amount of energy required for conscious awareness. The findings provide “a simple and objective metabolic marker” of consciousness, the authors wrote in their study, published today (May 26) in Current Biology."
Watch this video to find out more about the aims and ideals of the Scientific and Medical Network. Listen to a small selection of our members, as well as past attendees of SMN conferences, as they share some of their thoughts on the network.
Scientific and Medical Network - Introduction Video
The FemmeQ Summit last June brought together a diverse, awakened and gifted group of changemakers from over 15 countries, inspired to validate a realistic and possible world in which the feminine p…
If we think of nature as alive rather than unconscious and mechanical, then many new questions arise. We are all familiar with the idea of Gaia, the earth, as a living organism, but what about the sun? And if the sun is alive, is it conscious? And if so, what does it think about? And what about other stars, and indeed the entire galaxy?
"In 2008, researchers discovered that the worms squirm away from ultraviolet (UV) rays, presumably to avoid lethal doses of the sun’s radiation in the wild. But when scientists traced the nematodes’ light-avoiding behavior, they found the responsible protein was neither an opsin nor a cryptochrome, the only two types of light-sensitive proteins, or photoreceptors, known to exist in animals."
"I shall be looking at how we might push back the boundaries set by our five senses. I shall attempt to describe what I mean by our “inner senses”, and I shall say why I believe that it to be important that some of us take the time and trouble to train our inner senses to the point at which they become a useful part of our everyday lives."