“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 conference series with Willis Harman and Edgar Mitchell of the Institute of Noetic Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1995. This will be the twelfth in the series. The conferences all explore the frontiers of consciousness research beyond the limits of scientific materialism. We are hosting this year’s event in partnership with four organisations that are furthering the boundaries of consciousness research: The Institute of Noetic Sciences, the Parapsychological Association, the International Association for Near Death Studies and the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona. Our speakers are all at the cutting edges of their fields and will be discussing innovative research strategies to probe the nature of consciousness. You will gain a vital overview and a deeper understanding of how consciousness research is expanding the horizons of science. On the Friday evening we will be holding the UK premiere of Amit Biswas’ award-winning film The Bridge. You will have your minds stretched and your hearts warmed at this exciting event and will enjoy networking with like-minded people. This landmark conference is not to be missed, so we greatly look forward to your participation!