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  • Opening the Mind – Reincarnation Research Reconsidered In the field of reincarnation research, there is only one name that can be considered to be almost legendary, Professor Ian Stevenson. Over the course of forty years research work, Stevenson would come to investigate over 3000 cases suggestive of reincarnation, that is to say, these cases contained evidence strongly supporting the possibility that some ...
  • Panspermia – Rosetta’s comet has ingredients of life These days more astrobiologists take seriously the idea that life may not have originated on Earth but was brought here soon after the Earth formed, by comets. In its early days the Earth was a hot ball, inhospitable to life. Traces of life would not have survived those conditions. A theory known as Panspermia suggests that ...
  • The Prince of Wales speaks on antibiotic resistance On May 12 the Prince of Wales spoke in London to the Global Leaders Conference on One Health and Antimicrobial Resistance. HRH raised the issue of the overuse of antibiotics especially in the raising of farm animals, a situation that has led to antibiotic resistance in the human population in many parts of the world. He ...
  • How old is self-awareness? We take it for granted that we are self-aware. That we are conscious of ourselves. But how far back in human evolution can this self-awareness be traced? One way of finding out is to look for the earliest graves. Human beings are the only species that bury their dead. Not only do we bury our ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Living Energy Resonators: Transcending the Gene to a New Story of Light and Life Science has yet to solve major mysteries concerning life’s spontaneous selfassembly into intricate patterns. While explanations may one day be found by focusing entirely on genes and molecules, an elegant alternative already exists. For living beings have the capacity to behave as energy resonators, trapping spatially patterned light (electromagnetic energy) within them. This patterned energy ...
  • 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 Gaian Bottleneck (or why Earth is special) In 1950, Enrico Fermi reputedly exclaimed to his colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Well, where are they?” He was talking about alien civilizations. If there’s nothing special about Earth, and there are millions of similar rocky planets in our galaxy then surely carbon-based life would have arisen many times, given rise to intelligent civilizations that ...
  • Research Project on NDE/OBE – Request for Participants A research team at John Hopkins university headed by experimental psychologist Alexander DeFoe is looking for verifiable cases of Near Death Experiences or Out of Body Experiences for a research project. Alexander De Foe received his PhD from Monash University. In 2015 he founded the Centre for Exceptional Human Potential in Melbourne, Australia. He is ...
  • Hagger, N ‘The New Philosophy of Universalism: The infinite and the law of order’ – Metaphysics as a Possible Open System   This book offers a comprehensive philosophy of the universe. At these words one’s heart sinks. Here is yet another elaborate metaphysical cloud castle which seeks to tie together science, religion, God, and matter all in one formula. Fortunately this book is better than its pretensions. Although it does offer elaborately structured answers to metaphysical issues, ...
  • Lord Jonathan Sacks awarded Templeton Prize Lord Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s former chief Rabbi was awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize for his work in promoting inter-faith toleration and a dialogue between religion and science. Jennifer Simpson, chair of the Templeton Foundation’s Board of Trustees, said that the award recognised Lord Sacks’s response to the challenge posed by radicalisation and extremism. “Lord Sacks has always ...
  • Regenerative Medicine – New Body Parts From ‘Recent Developments in Science and Medicine’ by  Professor Marilyn Monk. Network Review 107, WInter 2011 Regenerative medicine is the process of generating human cells, tissues or organs in the laboratory, for the repair of diseased or damaged tissue in the body. Normally, the repair and replenishment of tissues takes place from resident tissue-specific stem cells ...
  • The Burden of Disorders of the Brain From ‘Recent Developments in Science and Medicine’ by Marilyn Monk. Network Review 107, Winter 2011 It appears that more than a third of people in Europe (164.8 million persons) suffer from mental disorders and only a quarter of these receive help. Wittchen and collaborators (Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany) report 12-month ...
  • In Memoriam: Edgar Mitchell, ScD, PhD By David Lorimer, on behalf of the SMN: I was sad to read about the passing of Edgar Mitchell, whose obituary appears below.  I had the privilege of sharing a platform with him a few years ago at a meeting in Bruges where he was speaking about his vision for a science of consciousness. Most of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Insights into Biomedicine from the Study of Acupuncture Fifty years ago no traditional doctor would have looked seriously at acupuncture let alone recommended its treatment. Recently my NHS consultant in Aberdeen recommended that I use acupuncture for my condition. And she is not alone. Acupuncture has made major inroads into the bastions of medicine. A recent article in the Journal of Alternative and ...
  • Schrödinger: Risk, Mystery, Creativity and a Contempletive Spirit in Science – Professor Jim Malone Professor Jim Malone discusses how he uncovered a painting of Erwin Schrödinger and what the painting says about the artist, the subject and their relationship to science and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/embed/UVnsALk0yEA
  • Mind and Life XXX: Perception, Concepts, and Self Over the last several decades, the Mind & Life Institute has organized regular dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading scientists and philosophers. The goal of these meetings has been to creatively but critically investigate themes of mutual interest—such as the nature of reality and consciousness, ecology and our global environment, the neural ...
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Call for Papers – 2019 SSE Conference

The theme for the 38th annual meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration will be *Consilience*: Developing the Foundations of a New Scientific Paradigm.* /*Consilience refers to the principle that evidence from unrelated sources, especially science and the humanities, can converge and produce unified conclusions./ The conference will take place […]

Diamonds from Heaven: A 20 year psychedelic journey

In this presentation I will share some of the boundaries crossed and lessons learned in my 20 year psychedelic journey reported in Diamonds from Heaven (forthcoming). Seventy-three high dose LSD sessions conducted between 1979-1999 became the philosophical adventure of a lifetime, but one I had to keep largely hidden from […]

Online Courses

The Blind Can See During Near Death Experiences

In their book Mindsight, Dr. Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper report on in-depth interviews with 31 people who were fully or partially blind and had a near-death experience where they could see. One of their subjects was Vicki Noratuk who had been blind from birth when she was involved in a car […]

Electromagnetic Waves

Harnessing the Bioelectric Potential of Cells for Regeneration

Michael Levin, biologist at Tufts university discusses the role of electricity in healing and regeneration of lost organs or limbs. In a series of remarkable experiments, he showed how organisms contain information on how to heal wounds or regenerate limbs. In one experiment, by changing the voltage of certain cells, he […]

Glow Of The Mind

Further Reaches of Consciousness Research

“I regard consciousness as fundamental, matter is derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” – Max Planck Consciousness is one of the hottest topics in science, which is why we established the interdisciplinary Beyond the Brain […]

Larry Dossey presentation

Is the Soul Obsolete? Video Presentation by Larry Dosseyblo

Dr. Larry Dossey is an internal medicine physician, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-previewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science […]

Dying is Unexpectedly Positive

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 […]

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 media have established themselves as teaching / learning tools. A recent New York Times article, How Google Took over the Classroom, relates how much of this advance is driven by […]

Michael Persinger

Michael Persinger on the Neurology of NDEs

What happens in the brain during a Near Death Experience? Does an EEG flat-line mean that there is no brain activity during a NDE? Alex Tsakiris questions neurologist Michael Persinger on his views about NDEs, neurological research and veridical events reported by NDE patients. Persinger, a researcher at Laurentian University […]