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  • Late Thoughts; After 90 years Editor’s Note:  Member Professor Erland Lagerroth celebrated his 90th birthday this year. As you will see from the autobiography and article below, he has been a prolific and pioneering author in Swedish. He was prominent enough to attract the attention of Swedish skeptics, who awarded him the title of ‘Misleader of the Year’ – a ...
  • Jewels Made From Diamonds or Plastic? Whenever we have been furnished with tar baby ostensibly stuffed with jewels, and warned that it will be dishonourable and irreverent to disembowel it and test the jewels, we keep our sacrilegious hands off it. We submit, not reluctantly, but rather gladly, for we are privately afraid we should find, upon examination, that the jewels ...
  • It’s Happening Now The new psycho-spiritual paradigm The Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists was founded just over 10 years ago by a number of Network Members, and now has over 2,000 members. Interestingly, this makes it the largest SIG within the College. Larry Culliford has been actively involved in this group and outlines in 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 ...
  • The ‘Cognitive Iceberg’ Model of Sensory Awareness
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Homeopathy: The therapy that dare not speak its name? According to modern pharmacology, there can be no biochemical basis for homeopathy because substances diluted out of existence should not have any effects, let alone therapeutic ones. So to practice or partake of homeopathy is tantamount to believing that nothing has the power to do something, i.e., homeopathy is magic. Although many homeopaths would no ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Living Philosophy and the Joy of Life The art of living is second to none. The art of understanding is also important: it should help us not only to comprehend the ways we have been bound and imprisoned, but also to find a path to liberation, to freedom, to fulfillment. We need to start with assumptions about the world in which we are ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Less is Better – A Powerful way of Being Intelligent We sometimes hear the phrase “less is more”, and we probably know what it means. In fact, less is not more. More is more! However, less is often better. This is very significant, because we in live in times when many people believe that “more is better”, a belief that is probably at the root ...
  • 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 ...
  • Network Review Spring 2010   Editorial: A People’s Revolution – a personal message from the chair – John Clarke Articles Seeking a New Paradigm of Matter, Mind and Spirit – Bernard Carr Aim and Structure of the SMN: a Silent Dog – Frank Parkinson Humanity’s Collective, Evolution-of-Consciousness Adventure – Martin Lockley and Ryo Morimoto Compassion and Life’s Challenges – Paul Gilbert Recent developments in science and medicine – Marilyn Monk “A theory you can’t explain ...

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 […]

Beehives Funded by the Scientific and Medical Network Installed in Kenya

A letter from Dr. Lucy King, speaker at the SMN Mystics and Scientists Conference 2015. In response to her presentation, members collected £2,015 toward beehive fences to protect two Kenyan villages against elephant incursions. I hope all is well! I just wanted to send you a file of images to […]

Laudato Si… Respect for our Earth

June 2015. Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, “Laudato Si” is likely to go down as one of the most significant documents published in our time. No other is likely to have comparable impact on our society.  Most important, it is more than a document. This is church teaching that may reach […]

Head Transplant or Body Transplant?

Would you like to donate your head to science along with your other organs?  Or have a head transplant because you don’t like the shape of the rest of your body? Is that a head transplant or a body transplant? The question is by no means academic nor whimsical.  According […]

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 […]