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24th of July 2017 12:42 PM Link
"In this presentation, physician Larry Dossey will explore the possibility of survival by examining the inadequacy of a materialist approach to consciousness, which forbids the possibility of survival of mind."
16th of July 2017 02:57 PM Link
"A new particle detected in the atom smasher at CERN has sent physicists scurrying back to revisit an experiment from more than 10 years ago."
11th of July 2017 01:37 PM Link
"Psychologists have only begun to unravel the concept of “personality,” that all-important but nebulous feature of individual identity. Recent studies suggest that personality traits don’t simply affect your outlook on life, but the way you perceive reality."
10th of July 2017 01:33 PM Link
"Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience"
7th of July 2017 05:11 PM Link
What matter of matterless mind minds matter? What forces bind the former to the latter? Can man-made machines have man-like minds? What spills out of the kicked bucket? Is anybody tending the light at the end of the tunnel... or is it all an artefact of the hypoxic retina? Does consciousness surf the self-collapsing quantum wave? What does anaesthesia teach us about the mind? Is consciousness tied down in neural knots or is it a leaky field? What lessons can science learn from magick?

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Join the Scientific & Medical Network this October for an all-star assault on the big questions of existence. Featuring:

Dr RUPERT SHELDRAKE: Biologist & author of 10 books
"The Extended Mind: Experimental Evidence for Effects of Attention and Intention at a Distance"

Dr DEAN RADIN: Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
"Magic 2.0: Towards a Resurrection of an Esoteric Legend"

Prof STUART HAMEROFF: Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona
"Is Consciousness Guiding the Universe?"

Dr CASSANDRA VIETEN: President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
"The Future of Consciousness Research"

Dr DIANE CORCORAN: President Emeritus of the International Association for Near-Death Studies
"Veterans and Near Death Experiences: How we can Facilitate their Recovery"

Prof CHRIS ROE: Director of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes, University of Northampton
"Recent Advances in Parapsychological Research: Approaches to Accessing Unconscious Processes"

Dr PENNY SARTORI: Near-death researcher and lecturer, Swansea University
"The Transformative Power of Near Death Experiences"
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The interdisciplinary Beyond the Brain conferences were initiated with Willis Harman and Edgar Mitchell of the Institute of Noetic Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1995. Over the years we have covered a wide range of topics and this year we are taking a different approach by inviting four partners to join us and making the conference non-residential in London. On Friday evening, however, we will be holding the UK premiere of Member Amit Biswas’ award-winning film The Bridge.

Each partner has taken responsibility for one session covering their particular area of consciousness research. All our speakers are at their respective cutting edges and are constantly devising new and innovative research strategies to probe the nature of consciousness.

Attendees will have their minds stretched and their hearts warmed at this exciting landmark event and be able to network with like-minded people. This landmark conference is not to be missed, and we greatly look forward to your participation!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1543239745728106/
Beyond The Brain: 12th Conference on Consciousness Research
What matter of matterless mind minds matter? What forces bind the former to the latter? Can man-made machines have man-l...
28th of October 2017 07:00 AM
7th of July 2017 01:44 PM Link
The interdisciplinary Beyond the Brain conferences were initiated with Willis Harman and Edgar Mitchell of the Institute of Noetic Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1995. Over the years we have covered a wide range of topics and this year we are taking a different approach by inviting four partners to join us and making the conference non-residential in London. On Friday evening, however, we will be holding the UK premiere of Member Amit Biswas’ award-winning film The Bridge.

Each partner has taken responsibility for one session covering their particular area of consciousness research. All our speakers are at their respective cutting edges and are constantly devising new and innovative research strategies to probe the nature of consciousness.

Attendees will have their minds stretched and their hearts warmed at this exciting landmark event and be able to network with like-minded people. This landmark conference is not to be missed, and we greatly look forward to your participation!
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/916547455153344/
Beyond the Brain XII - Further Reaches of Consciousness Research
The interdisciplinary Beyond the Brain conferences were initiated with Willis Harman and Edgar Mitchell of the Institute...
28th of October 2017 02:00 PM
6th of July 2017 02:42 PM Link
"Often brushed aside like a forgotten stepchild, a 64-year-old theory of quantum mechanics may now share the stage with its more well-regarded siblings. If it holds up, it might lend support to ideas that the universe is improbably interconnected across vast distances."
30th of June 2017 03:18 PM Link
"By analyzing the lifespan of the longest-living individuals from the USA, the UK, France and Japan for each year since 1968, investigators found no evidence for such a limit, and if such a maximum exists, it has yet to be reached or identified."
27th of June 2017 09:27 AM Link
“The system built up over the years to promote scientific advance has become one that narrow-minded people can use to block any advance that they deem unacceptable.”
26th of June 2017 01:31 PM Link
‘Caesar’s Last Breath’ tells the stories of invisible gases
23rd of June 2017 03:37 PM Link
"New study of snail neurons suggests memories that trigger anxiety, PTSD could be 'erased' without affecting normal memory of past events"
22nd of June 2017 02:50 PM Link
"The subtle teachings of the two major streams of spirituality, the Abrahamic and the Indian, will reveal pathways for spiritual development."
22nd of June 2017 02:48 PM Link
"The subtle teachings of the two major streams of spirituality, the Abrahamic and the Indian, will reveal pathways for spiritual development."
15th of June 2017 11:01 AM Link
"Scientists have known for centuries that light is composed of waves. The fact that light can also behave as a liquid, rippling and spiraling around obstacles like the current of a river, is a much more recent finding that is still a subject of active research. The "liquid" properties of light emerge under special circumstances, when the photons that form the light wave are able to interact with each other."
14th of June 2017 12:44 PM Link
"Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that are “a world we had never imagined.”

By using an advanced mathematical system, researchers were able to uncover architectural structures that appears when the brain has to process information, before they disintegrate into nothing."
11th of June 2017 01:39 PM Link
"The eminent conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner will be taking part in our Harmony in Food and Farming Conference on the 10th and 11th July 2017. Along with Dame Ellen MacArthur and other speakers, Gardiner will explore the philosophy and principles of Harmony and the connection between the mathematical laws which inform the musical scale, the movement of celestial bodies and the principles and practices of harmonious agriculture."
8th of June 2017 10:31 AM Link
Two presentations from John Hands

The 2017 Network Annual Gathering returns to the University of Plymouth, where we held the meeting some 10 years ago. The Programme will begin on Friday evening with drinks and dinner and continue on Saturday morning with a presentation from 2016 Network Book Prize winner John Hands, author of the magisterial book Cosmo Sapiens.

In the afternoon there will be free time for networking and for short informal presentations from members related to the theme, such as opening up other ways of knowing and new methodologies. Please send 150-word abstracts to [email protected] by May 30 at the latest.

On Saturday evening we will be going on an extended boat trip in The Spirit of Plymouth, so we can have our meal, entertainment, and party on board!

On Sunday we will hold our formal Annual General Meeting, where Members have a chance to hear from the officers about our work over the past year, to contribute to the evolving direction of the Network and to elect new members of the Network Board.

For those of you who have not yet attended the Network Annual Gathering, you will find it a wonderfully stimulating and sociable event where you can meet other Members in relaxed surroundings to exchange ideas and experiences.
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1207460486044101/
SMN AGM - Widening the Evidence Base in Science and Spirituality
Two presentations from John Hands The 2017 Network Annual Gathering returns to the University of Plymouth, where we hel...
7th of July 2017 05:00 PM
5th of June 2017 02:50 PM Link
"Anyone who has sat at the bedside of a person who is terminally ill will notice that as death approaches, the subject often feels a burst of positive emotions. Contrary to our popular culture, where death is seen as frightening, something to be avoided, the dying don’t necessarily feel that way. Positive emotions about dying are present irrespective of whether the subject is religious or not."
5th of June 2017 12:55 PM Link
"The dying do not simply have to let go as is often said. They also have to find a new awareness of time, space, and body, in a new connectedness with some fundamentally other mode of existence."
2nd of June 2017 10:59 AM Link
"For any given medical problem, it seems, there’s a research team trying to use stem cells to find a solution. In clinical trials to treat everything from diabetes to macular degeneration to ALS, researchers are injecting the cells in efforts to cure patients.
But in one study expected to launch later this year, scientists hope to use stem cells in a new, highly controversial way — to reverse death."