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ArticlesThe SMN members have created a large volume of written material over the years, much of which has been published in the Network Review. Here you will find a selection of the member articles.

  • Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science We are a group of internationally known scientists, from a variety of scientific fields (biology, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, psychiatry), who participated in an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality and society.  The summit was co-organized by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD and Mario Beauregard, PhD, the University of Arizona, and Lisa Miller, PhD, Columbia University. This ...
  • Mind and Neurons: Consciousness and the Brain in the 21st Century The nature of consciousness has become a hot topic in the last fifteen years. For nearly 30 years, Larry Dossey has been exploring the outer reaches of consciousness in an important series of books, where he marshals the best research evidence indicating the need for a wider and deeper understanding of consciousness and its role.  What ...
  • My Experience of Publishing Positive Health PH Online for >22 Years David Lorimer’s invitation to describe the impact of publishing Positive Health PH Online for >22 years has provoked within me an intense period of reflection and introspection. Twenty-two+  years is, after all, a fairly long time in one person’s life. Technologically speaking, thinking back to pre-1994, this was just about the very onset of emails; ...
  • Paradoxes of Wilber’s Appreciation of the Trump Challenge by Anthony Judge Introduction Few with a philosophical or psychological inclination have as yet commented extensively on the significance of the election of Donald Trump. The insights of George Lakoff are a valuable exception (Understanding Trump, 23 July 2016), although he holds the view that Trump won by somehow breaking the current rules of the American electoral system (A ...
  • Psyche and Cosmos: the emergence of order out of chaos Recent developments in the fields of complexity, self-organising systems and cosmogenesis have revived interest in the anti-reductionist idea of emergence, and this paper will examine some of the implications of this idea for our understanding of the human psyche, with particular reference to Jung’s thinking. In recent years there has been a growing interest in emergence ...
  • Rebalancing the Masculine and the Feminine
  • Reflections on the Reception of Unconventional Claims in Science As a sociologist of science I remain outside of the controversies surrounding unconventional claims in science. My commitment is to the judicial process within the scientific community rather than the resolution of specific debates. My general concern is to try to foster an interdisciplinary program, best called anomalistics, on the study of facts that seem ...
  • Science and Wisdom – Compassion   It has surprised me that so many people who are convinced of the universal and objective nature of scientific knowledge work so diligently to find in the latest discoveries of the sciences an exclusive vindication of statements in the Vedas or in the Qur’an or of dogmas accepted by the Church Councils at some stage ...
  • Seeking for whom the bell tolls: Exploring mind-matter interactions on a global scale Is there a global mind? Could it be detected quantitatively? In an empirical approach to this question, over the last decade a half-dozen researchers have examined the outputs of electronic noise-based, truly random number generators (RNG) before, during and after highly focused or coherent group events. (See video). The group events studied included intense psychotherapy ...
  • Shaping our Evolution Taking up some themes in John Broomfield’s article, Chris Thomson proposes that consciousness is still evolving and needs to do so. He suggests that this will include the wider development of what he calls teleconsciousness and paraconsciousness, faculties that shamans had acquired already and which have by and large been neglected with the development of ...
  • Singing the Body Electric We’re used to thinking of our bodies as bio-chemical systems  that our cells are maintained by chemical processes. When we visit a doctor, the treatment usually comes in the form of a pill, something to change our chemistry. What about electricity? What role does it play in biological systems? The recent discovery of electric bacteria, that ...
  • Smith, Jonathan C. – A Critical Take on Psychical Research This extended review was among the last things David Fontana wrote. Here David provides a critical response to a sceptical book on parapsychology. PSEUDOSCIENCE AND EXTRAORDINARY CLAIMS OF THE PARANORMAL: A CRITICAL THINKER’S TOOLKIT Jonathan C. Smith Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 410 pp.,   £23.99, p/b – ISBN 978-1-4051-8122-8 On page 262 of Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal the author ...
  • Spirit and Brain in the Emergence of the Complete Human Being on Earth It remains controversial to this day the precise point in the evolutionary chain leading from apes to modern man at which the first men, the primeval men, came into being on earth. The main reason for this controversy derives from the inability of the evolutionists to be able to formulate incontrovertible criteria for distinguishing between ...
  • Spiritual Emergency – the Transpersonal Path to Understanding and Supporting Psychospiritual Crisis This paper explores varieties of spiritual emergency as a process of profound psychospiritual transformation. “I’ll be talking about myself! I’ll probably go mad after giving this paper.”1 This refrain went round and round in his head. The paper was on the ‘Importance of the Unconscious in Psychopathology’. The year was 1914. World War I was about ...
  • Spiritualise: revitalising spirituality to address 21st century challenges Our global culture seems to be ever seeking new lows. The mass media prefers gossip over news, status updates are replacing intellectual debates and our leaders provide us with more scandals than social improvements. Could spirituality play a major role in counteracting the growing social malaise? In a new report written by Dr Jonathan Rowson of ...
  • Summary of members’ forum: SMN AGM on 5th July, 2015. Within the next 10 years, the SMN will: Be a protective place and springboard for a new generation of scientists. Be an organisation which is challenging whatever is the current orthodoxy and continuing to be leading-edge. Hold events which are more participative and experiential – and have acquired the understanding of how to do this safely. Become a nurturer ...
  • The ‘Cognitive Iceberg’ Model of Sensory Awareness
  • The Brain on LSD: First scans show how the drug affects the brain A recent study by scientists at Imperial College London has revealed for the first time how the brain behaves during an LSD induced experience. The study, led by David J. Nutt, involved fMRI scans of subjects who had taken LSD and compared them with others who had been given a placebo. A major finding of the ...
  • The Cosmological Constant The universe owes its existence, not to reality, (of which we know precious little), but to human imagination and mathematical equations. Only through the medium of conscious observation does the universe become a bona fide representation of itself, and even then, only through the eyes of the beholder. Imagine then, what the universe must look ...
  • The Evolution of Consciousness and the Ishi Challenge Introduction The problem posed by the discovery in 1911 of Ishi, the last of the Yahi tribe in California, is one I like to call the ‘The Ishi Challenge’. In a short space of time Ishi learned English and took a job in a museum, which also became his home until he died. Most remarkably ...
  • The Holographic Soul – Part 1 The modern focus on topics such as the power of now, cosmic ordering, quantum mysticism and cosmic consciousness has led many people towards a spiritual view that places the emphasis on the idea that we are all One. But what of the persuasive evidence that we are also individual, reincarnating souls? How can we bring these two ideas together, and ...
  • The Holographic Soul – Part 2 The modern focus on topics such as the power of now, cosmic ordering, quantum mysticism and cosmic consciousness has led many people towards a spiritual view that places the emphasis on the idea that we are all One. But what of the persuasive evidence that we are also individual, reincarnating souls? How can we bring these two ideas together, and ...
  • The Human Energy Field Introduction Despite the recognition by modern medicine that electrophysical exchanges underlie most cellular activity, scant attention has been directed to the possible existence of a total or unified field or fields underlying the human organism. Such recognition might revolutionise modern medicine in the areas of causation, diagnosis and treatment of disease. This article briefly explores ...
  • The Human Future As the world population passes the 7 billion mark, Sir Crispin asks: Where are we coming from? Where are we now? Where are we going? There are no easy answers. For all of us the past as well as the future is an almost unknown country; and the present is a doubtful place with signs ...
  • The Multiverse on Earth June 2015. No, it’s not the universe. Unless you’ve been recently living on an uninhabited island and away from the internet, you’d have heard of the multiverse. That maybe, we don’t live in a one universe, but that our universe is one out of billions and billions (Apologies to Cark Sagan) of universes; the multiverse. ...
  • THE PHOENIX GENERATION: A New Era of Connection, Compassion & Consciousness In the years ahead we are going to see great change sweeping through our diverse human societies. It will be change not only brought about by intentional minds and willing hearts; but also by necessity, by coercion, and from an evolutionary imperative. The 21st century will be equivalent to the dramatic ‘flat Earth to round ...
  • The Science of Dreaming – Interview with Kelley Bulkeley Have you ever had a dream that was particularly memorable — one that shook you to the core; perhaps it marked a significant change in your life? Carl Gustav Jung referred to such dreams, that normally occur 2-3 times in a person’s life  as Big Dreams. Recently Kelley Bulkeley, dream researcher, theologian  and Visiting Scholar ...
  • The Scientific and Medical Network members sponsor Bee Fences in Kenya Following a presentation by elephant researcher Lucy King at the 2015 Mystics and Scientists Conference, members raised £1459 towards the purchase of Bee Fences to protect at least two villages in Kenya from foraging elephants. Together with Gift Aid secured from Lord Andrew Stone, the total gift is £2,015 (matching the calendar year). The Bee Fence ...
  • The Self and the Mind Introduction “The self” is one of the most frequently used terms whether in professional or common language, but a consensus is still needed as to its meaning. Opinion is growing that it is merely a delusion, a model generated by the brain to help us cope with the world, or just a formal concept in the ...
  • The Self-Creating Universe: the Emergence of a New Worldview Emergentism, the subject of this article, is an old idea which in recent times has acquired new life and generated much interest and research across the whole spectrum of the natural and human sciences as well as in philosophy. John Clarke suggests it may offer a new worldview in needy times. ‘The greatest riddle of cosmology ...
  • The Skepticism of Believers I used to think of skepticism as a primary intellectual virtue, whose goal was truth. I have changed my mind. I now see it as a weapon. Creationists opened my eyes. They use the techniques of critical thinking to expose weaknesses in the evidence for natural selection, gaps in the fossil record and problems with evolutionary ...
  • This House takes note of the role of Religion and belief in British Public Life. A debate in the House of Lords, 27th November, 2014 Editor’s Note: The following exchange in the House of Lords, on the role of meditation, could not have taken place fifty or even twenty years ago. That it took place at all indicates the extent to which practice of meditation has penetrated our society. Predictably, the ...
  • Trailing clouds of glory – Awakening and training our inner senses Man, afraid to be alive, Shuts his soul in senses five; From fields of uncreated light Into the crystal tower of sight; And from the roaring songs of space Into the small flesh-carven place Of the ear whose cave impounds Only small and broken sounds; And to his narrow sense of touch From strength that held the stars in clutch; And from the warm ambrosial ...
  • Understanding C.G Jung’s Red Book – Part 3 This is the second part of Roger’s comprehensive review of Jung’s Red Book. Very sadly, Roger passed away shortly after writing this concluding part to his analysis of Jung’s work. His excellent series on the Red Book has proven to be among the most popular articles we have shared, a great testament to Roger’s remarkable ...
  • Understanding C.G. Jung’s Little Red Book – Part 1 As Roger Woolger observes below, the appearance of Jung’s Red Book is not only a landmark in the history of psychology, but also in Western Culture. The book is exquisitely produced in a large format and contains beautiful calligraphy and symbolic paintings by Jung himself, the fruit of countless hours of painstaking labour. Anyone seriously ...
  • Understanding C.G. Jung’s Red Book – Part 2  Roger Woolger continues his analysis of Jung’s Red Book, a landmark in the history of psychology and for philosophical thinking in Western Culture. The book is contains calligraphy and symbolic paintings provided by Jung himself. Anyone seriously interested in Jung needs to have a copy of this book. This is the second half of a ...
  • Ways of Knowing and Unknowing This was the keynote lecture delivered by Fr. Laurence at the 2012 Mystics and Scientists conference on Western contemplative traditions.   We are, each of us, the product of a union of opposites. Perhaps we enjoy, for an instant after our personal big bang, a fleeting experience of unity which haunts and entices us throughout our life, ...
  • We Are Not Alone, The Shamans Tell Us – Part 1
  • We Are Not Alone, The Shamans Tell Us – Part 2 Continued from part 1 Reconnecting with Nature Effective education must have a large experiential component, I said. Given the current critical imbalance between humans and other species, nature should be a primary area of experiential education. We should balance the abstractions of our classrooms with experiences of the wholeness of living, growing wild things. Following the centuries-old ...
  • What happens if we admit that we are thinking about thinking?     (The points are numbered to aid quick reference and refutation.) 1. The argument of this paper is that if we actually admit that we are self-conscious, and that when we are doing consciousness research we are actually thinking about thinking, then a great deal, if not the whole of what currently passes for consciousness research is ...
  • What were Network Members reading in 1975? By Paul Kieniewicz Back in 1975 I ran a bookshop called “The Gateway” in Ojai, California: Books for Mind Body and Spirit. Meanwhile on this side of the Atlantic the Scientific and Medical Network was taking shape. In those days, the Network was a group of scientists and doctors brought together by George Blaker, Peter Leggett, ...
  • When Denial has to End Spending time over the past year researching and writing a book about the future of food in relation to the environment, the phenomenon of denial and inadequate policy responses to the mounting ecological crises is only too apparent. Here the Founder of the World Future Council issues a robust warning that a position of denial ...
  • Who Am I? Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle! Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Human beings can speak, and when a person refers to himself, he uses the first personal pronoun ‘I.’ But the faculty of human thought is extremely complex, and the “I” of the average man/woman is much more than ...
  • Why are Scientists Afraid of Daryl Bem? Many readers will be aware of the furore occasioned by a recent publication of Daryl Bem, which seems to violate the presuppositions of scientific materialism. This is an edited version of Larry’s editorial in Explore. Scientists are supposed to be evidence-based and reasonable, but this episode reveals deep-seated prejudices with which Network Review readers will ...
  • Why Clones? A recent news item tells us that the Raelian sect – an American group which teaches that the human race stems from intelligent aliens who generated it by cloning themselves – now claims to have produced two actual babies by cloning. This is not, of course, a very plausible story. Ian Wilmot (leader of the ...
  • World Climate about to Warm by 1 Degree Editorial by Paul Kieniewicz, December 2015 According to sources at the UK Met Office, the world is officially about one degree warmer than in pre-industrial times. There is nothing magical about the one degree figure except that it is half the way to 2 degrees, regarded by many climatologists as a critical limit, beyond which any ...
  • ψ The Silent Impulse, A Study in Consciousness and Time, The Space Between – by Kathleen M. Stranks  By Kathleen M. Stranks Paper presented to the Scientific and Medical Network Continental Meeting 2016 – Convergent Evolution, Attractors and Love, October 2016, Casa San Bernado, Rome 1/10/16 Synopsis This paper is concerned with attempting to offer some insight into how psychic processes occur. To do this properly we need to examine the idea that consciousness is the primary source of our ...
Books

What were Network Members reading in 1975?

By Paul Kieniewicz Back in 1975 I ran a bookshop called “The Gateway” in Ojai, California: Books for Mind Body…What were Network Members reading in 1975? was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz

Robots and Human Hands

Body Issues — Human and Robotic

  By Paul Kieniewicz Back in the 1960’s, the Polish Science Fiction writer, Stanisław Lem wrote a short story about…Body Issues — Human and Robotic was last modified: May 5th, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz

Conscious Machines – What do they think?

By Paul Kieniewicz So, we may one day all be replaced by intelligent machines. One day, given enough computational power,…Conscious Machines – What do they think? was last modified: Apr 27th, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz

beautiful sunset with dolphins jumping

Dolphins Talk When Performing a Team Task

Do dolphins have language skills similar to ours? Do the vocalizations of bottlenose dolphins mean anything? Are the dolphins conveying…Dolphins Talk When Performing a Team Task was last modified: Sep 23rd, 2017 by Richard Irwin

Burst Background

Singing the Body Electric

We’re used to thinking of our bodies as bio-chemical systems  that our cells are maintained by chemical processes. When we…Singing the Body Electric was last modified: Oct 4th, 2017 by Richard Irwin

Elementary Particles series. Interplay of abstract fractal forms on the subject of nuclear physics science and graphic design.

All Physics is Nonlocal!

By Paul Kieniewicz (SMN) At the recent SMN conference devoted to the work of David Bohm and Ilya Prigogine, Basil…All Physics is Nonlocal! was last modified: Apr 27th, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz

Digital Media and Early Child Development

Editorial by Paul Kieniewicz Anyone visiting their child’s classroom today will be impressed at how the computer, and other digital…Digital Media and Early Child Development was last modified: Apr 27th, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz

Electromagnetic Waves

Are PSI phenomena transmitted by Electromagnetic Waves?

One of the main objections raised against the existence of paranormal phenomena is the lack of a scientific mechanism to…Are PSI phenomena transmitted by Electromagnetic Waves? was last modified: Apr 27th, 2018 by Paul Kieniewicz