• Online MA Program in Consciousness & Transformative Studies

    May 30, 2016 | 18:20 pm

    Online MA Program in Consciousness & Transformative Studies Karen Jaenke, PhD Chair, Consciousness & Transformative Studies John F. Kennedy University Consciousness Studies in Context With seeds in the Human Potential Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Consciousness Studies is a pioneering field within academia. Still today, Consciousness Studies is a cutting edge, alternative course of study existing in only a handful of universities throughout the nation and world.[…]

  • BIAL Foundation Accepting Applications for Research in Psychophysiology and Parapsychology

    Apr 22, 2016 | 18:20 pm

    BIAL Foundation Accepting Applications for Research in Psychophysiology and Parapsychology Since 1994 the BIAL Foundation has supported 537 projects involving some 1200 researchers from 25 countries, resulting in the publication of 759 articles and abstracts in indexed journals. The current repository of scientific activity supported by the BIAL Foundation is fully searchable through their new database of project documents. Grants for research in Psychophysiology and Parapsychology are between €5,000 and[…]

  • Robert Newman's The Brain Show targets the failings of neuroscience

    Apr 8, 2016 | 18:15 pm

    Robert Newman's The Brain Show targets the failings of neuroscience In his new act The Brain Show British comedian Robert Newman targets the failings of neuroscience in assuming that brain equals mind, saying “the idea that the brain is a wet computer is a philosophical assumption, not a scientific idea”. After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you're in[…]

  • The Institute for Venture Science Now Accepting Proposals for Unconventional Scientific Inquiries

    Apr 2, 2016 | 15:52 pm

    The Institute for Venture Science Now Accepting Proposals for Unconventional Scientific Inquiries Starting on April 15, 2016 the Institute for Venture Science (IVS) will be accepting pre-proposals for the funding of unconventional scientific investigations that challenge mainstream paradigms. Early submittal is key as they may need to limit the number of submissions;the deadline is June 25. IVS is interested in a wide range of subjects, from gravity, magnetism, relativity and the physics[…]


An Atheist in Heaven: Evidence for Life after Death from a Lifelong Skeptic?

Book cover for Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False
by Paul Davids and Gary E Schwartz

What happens when a lifelong skeptic dies and discovers he was wrong about life after death? Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008), a luminary in the early history of science fiction and an ardent, lifelong atheist, promised that if he were wrong about the non-existence of an afterlife, he would attempt to send a convincing message to a few people he especially respected. Not only did Forrest leave a physical message for co-author Paul Davids that could not be explained by contemporary forensic science, but Forrest produced an extraordinary wealth of four kinds of converging evidence: [read more]

The Five-Finger Test for Extraordinary Evidence (40:40)

Gary Schwartz

When Carl Sagan said "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" perhaps he didn't realize how often his words would be used by mainstream skeptics as a cudgel to enforce the paradigm of materialism. In this lecture, given at the Electric Universe 2015 conference, Dr Gary Schwartz presents the “Five Finger Test” (FFT) as an universal method for determining when evidence for a new idea is worth serious consideration. He applies this to some of his own research and to the Electric Universe.

Are the conventional explanations of nerve impulses and muscle contractions wrong?

For many years, nerve impulses have been understood in terms of action potentials moving along nerves, with the whole system depending on ion pumps and ion channels. Muscle contraction has been understood in terms of molecular bridges between actin and myosin molecules. But research on structured water by Gerald Pollack and his group at Washington State University has revealed that there are many surprising properties of water and gels that shed new light on both nerve impulses, muscle contraction and vesicle secretion by cells. [read more]

Open Science News

  • New Study Shows Energy Healing Modality May Affect Gene Expression

    IONS Blog Sep 28, 2016 | 13:22 pm

    IONS scientist Dr. Garret Yount, along with collaborator Dr. Dawson Church, is doing a series of exciting experiments on the effects of Emotion Freedom Techniques (EFT) on biochemistry and gene expression. EFT is a noninvasive technique that uses elements of cognitive[…]

  • Cana Transformation of Consciousness also Transform the World?

    IONS Blog Sep 26, 2016 | 17:17 pm

    In this audio interview, IONS President and CEO Cassandra Vieten talks about the importance of creating a shift in consciousness to help humanity evolve toward a more peaceful and supportive global existence.

  • Microbes in Animals Confound Research

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Sep 25, 2016 | 21:40 pm

    Microbes in Animals Confound Research While many scientists draw conclusions from research that they think is incontrovertible, in fact there are many inherent problems with current research and its conclusions. A previous post described the many issues involved in attempts to understand the brain.  Another[…]

  • Dr. Jeffrey Long’s, God and the Afterlife – Science & Spirituality Have Collided |327|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Sep 20, 2016 | 21:28 pm

    New Near-Death Experience research from Dr. Jeffrey Long challenges science’s understanding of the afterlife. photo by: Skeptiko We’ve covered a lot of Near-Death experience science over the years, but I can’t think of a more important book than Dr. Jeff Long’s, God and the Afterlife. Jeff[…]

  • Update on Inflammation and Degenerative Brain Disease

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Sep 18, 2016 | 18:49 pm

    Update on Inflammation and Degenerative Brain Disease While mapping connections of neurons has become the holy grail of current neuroscience, it is clear that communication of neurons with many other types cells is, also, vitally important to every aspect of brain function. This includes constant back and[…]

  • Latest Near-Death Experience Research Hit Job |326|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Sep 7, 2016 | 06:52 am

    A critical look at an academic near-death experience book by Dr. Ben Mitchell-Yellin and Dr. John Martin Fischer.  photo by: Iwan Gabovitch It’s hard to be surprised by the lengths some academics will go to trash near-death experience research, but the recent non-research-research of today’s guest[…]

  • Prometheus and Atlas – Great Book Number 1

    Charles T. Tart Aug 26, 2016 | 11:03 am

    Prometheus and Atlas – Great Book Number 1 Charles T. Tart This month has been a rich time for receiving books that I not only ought to, but definitely want to read!  This is to tell you about one I[…]

  • Causality ― Outside or Inside?

    Ashish Dalela Aug 19, 2016 | 06:49 am

    If you have had a difficult life―like some people around us―you might have asked yourself: Why does it happen to me and not to others? If you are a good person, but have still suffered at the hands of others,[…]

  • Double-Slit experiments with mind-eye observers explained

    Mind-Energy Aug 13, 2016 | 13:03 pm

    Dean Radin of IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) with a great talk explaining the results and implications of the experiments that IONS ran for over three years. The experiments purpose was to see if the non-physical “consciousness” is the one[…]

  • 12 of the Most Influential Podcasts in Parapsychology, Mindfulness, and Spirituality

    Mind-Energy Aug 9, 2016 | 08:22 am

    Podcasts can be an invaluable source of information, a place for education and daily inspiration. However, you will often have to do a lot of research and wade through a lot of mediocre shows to find some real value. I[…]

  • An Indigenous Perspective: Dreaming as a Transformative Practice

    Jul 18, 2016 | 14:26 pm

    A recent article published in the online magazine, Inverse, details the the life and dreaming culture of the indigenous Achuar peoples of the Amazon. I was interviewed for this piece, drawing upon my experiences working with and conducting anthropological research with this thriving[…]

  • Retiring this blog, sort of

    Entangled Minds Jul 7, 2016 | 12:49 pm

    I have pretty much retired this blog and have switched to posting shorter notes to Facebook and Twitter.Writing a blog was occasionally fun but ultimately not worth the time or effort given the limited number of followers. While this blog[…]

  • The Importance of Curiosity:In Transpersonal Psychology, in Spiritual Development

    Charles T. Tart Jun 29, 2016 | 15:25 pm

    This is a modification and addition of draft version of a chapter to appear in Kaklauskas, Clements, Hocoy, & Hoffman (Eds.), Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology, to be published in 2016 or 2017 by University[…]

  • Cultivating Social Consciousness

    Jun 20, 2016 | 13:13 pm

    What does it mean to be part of a greater whole? How does our worldview, or model of reality, impact what we understand about who we are and how we relate to others? And how can we become more aware[…]

  • The Semantic Interpretation of Quantum Theory

    Ashish Dalela May 25, 2016 | 08:48 am

    I’m always looking to formulate new ways of describing a problem and its solution; this not only helps us understand what is missing, but why the solution is necessary. This post presents a different way of understanding my Semantic Interpretation of Quantum Theory[…]

US 2nd International Congress on Consciousness

May 19th to 21st, 2017
Miami, Florida, USA

This congress shall serve as a global forum for an open exchange and debate on study and research centered upon the consciousness. Speakers include Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi, Harry Jabs, Federico Faggin, Jeffery Martin, Beverly Rubik, Pim van Lommel and Jim Tucker. Researchers and authors are invited to submit their work by August 1st, 2016.