• 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

  • 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[…]

  • How to Become a Meditation Researcher

    IONS Blog Aug 25, 2016 | 15:03 pm

    Curious about meditation research? Ever wonder how you can become a meditation researcher? In this video Dr. Helané Wahbeh talks about her experience as just that! She also describes the historical arc of the field,  where it has been, where[…]

  • The Incredible Power of Self Talk

    IONS Blog Aug 23, 2016 | 16:01 pm

    We are grateful at IONS to have a spectacular Board of Directors who help guide the Institute in fulfilling its mission and in affecting personal and collective transformation. Made up of approximately 17 talented and accomplished individuals, each board member[…]

  • Dr. John Brandenburg – Plasma physicist gives inside look at outsourced UFO research |325|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Aug 23, 2016 | 12:05 pm

    Dr. John Brandenburg’s interview with Gordon White reveals inner workings of government secret space program. photo by: Skeptiko Every since Gordon White appeared on Skeptiko to talk about his book Star.Ships, I’ve been itching to get him back on to talk about[…]

  • Producing Many Kinds of T Helper Cells

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Aug 21, 2016 | 19:54 pm

    Producing Many Kinds of T Helper Cells T cells are the masters of the immune system. Through active communication with the brain they maintain balance between the immune and nervous systems. T cells respond to situations by regulating all other immune cells through signaling, either with secreted[…]

  • 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,[…]

  • Theosophical Society Revisited |325|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Aug 16, 2016 | 11:39 am

    Is it still relevant and useful? photo by: Dan Brikley When I was 15 I started reading a book called Hidden Teachings Beyond Yoga by Paul Brunton. I could scarcely get through a few paragraphs before falling asleep – not out[…]

  • Epigenetic Signals Regulate New Brain Cells

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Aug 14, 2016 | 19:56 pm

    Epigenetic Signals Regulate New Brain Cells Relatively small numbers of new neurons are produced in several critical parts of the adult human brain. The most well understand region is the dentate nucleus of the hippocampus where new neurons are incorporated into memory circuits for new information[…]

  • 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.