• 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[…]

  • The Replicability Crisis in Science

    Jan 12, 2016 | 23:41 pm

    The Replicability Crisis in Science The world of science is in the midst of unprecedented soul-searching at present. The credibility of science rests on the widespread assumption that results are replicable, and that high standards are maintained by anonymous peer review. These pillars of belief are crumbling. In September 2015, the international scientific journal Nature published a cartoon showing the temple of “Robust Science” in[…]


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]

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  • From Physics to Consciousness: An Interview with Gabriel Guerrer

    IONS Blog May 27, 2016 | 15:05 pm

    IONS intern Adrian David Neslon met up with Gabriel Guerrer, a physicist and former researcher at CERN, during the Foundations of Mind conference in Berkeley. Gabriel recently visited IONS, preparing a replication of experiments at IONS exploring quantum measurement and[…]

  • Can materialistic science answer life’s big questions?|317|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point May 27, 2016 | 06:49 am

    Science is notoriously bad at answering life’s big questions, but can the methods of science bring us closer to truth? photo by: Marcello Maria Perongini [NOTE: Laird Shaw has authored this terrific post synthesizing many contributions from Skeptiko-Forum participants. Please join us[…]

  • Celebrating The Sporting Life and Spirituality

    IONS Blog May 26, 2016 | 16:56 pm

    ”The elements of sport that I have just described are present in other transformative practices, but in the context of sports they evoke a greater range of physical abilities than are produced by any other family of disciplines. In the[…]

  • 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[…]

  • Joe Martino Sees a Consciousness Shift… And That’s a Good Thing |316|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point May 24, 2016 | 08:35 am

    Joe Martino started Collective-Evolution to challenge the status quo, raise consciousness and make the world better. Easy, right? photo by: Collective-Evolution Are we experiencing a shift in consciousness, or just seeing what we want to see? Is there any difference? These[…]

  • Vast Complexity of Immune Micro RNA Signals

    Jon Lieff, M.D. May 22, 2016 | 20:08 pm

    Vast Complexity of Immune Micro RNA Signals Immune cells travel independently and depend on signals for their activity. Called the “wireless” brain, immune cells communicate with many other cells—neurons, astrocytes, microglia, blood vessel cells, intestinal and skin lining cells, and tissue cells. Signals help develop special capabilities,[…]

  • Survival of Death: Why I’m “Sitting on the Fence” About It

    Charles T. Tart May 21, 2016 | 11:02 am

      Some years ago I started a private discussion group to connect the few people in the world who have published scholarly and scientific research on the question of whether we survive death in some form.  Although there is an[…]

  • Computers and the Mind – What’s the Difference?

    Ashish Dalela May 20, 2016 | 10:24 am

    This post discusses the widespread notion that the mind is some kind of computer; that the computer is able to represent knowledge, and this knowledge can be about the world. As we shall see, this notion is quite silly, although people—who are[…]

  • Vital Immune Communication with Peptides

    Jon Lieff, M.D. May 15, 2016 | 20:20 pm

    Vital Immune Communication with Peptides Communication among cells is the basis of all immune and nervous system activity. Research continues to find large vocabularies of signals in different languages—neurotransmitters, cytokines, small RNAs, protein transcription factors, small lipid molecules and glycan sugars. The numbers of signals[…]

  • John Hopkins University Survey on OBEs and NDEs

    Public Parapsychology May 4, 2016 | 11:46 am

    The States of Consciousness Research Team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is conducting an anonymous online survey of Near Death Experiences (NDE's), Out of Body Experiences (OBE's) or other non-ordinary experiences that fundamentally altered beliefs or understanding about[…]

  • Psychic Abilities and the Illusion of Separation talk by Dean Radin

    Mind-Energy Apr 8, 2016 | 15:36 pm

    The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) published a new video of its head scientist, Dean Radin, speaking in front of students at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) about current state of psychic research. It’s a very accessible, well-recorded, presentation. Recommended[…]

  • Immrama Institute Infinity Program Brainwave MP3

    Mind-Energy Apr 7, 2016 | 20:59 pm

    Immrama Institute produce some high-quality brainwave sound programs. I have previously wrote about the first two Immrama programs: Insight and Focus. This time I wanted to tell about their Infinity Program. This brainwave audio program is designed to improve one’s[…]

  • Can We Survive Death Without Biographical/Episodic Memory in Life?

    Charles T. Tart Apr 3, 2016 | 11:34 am

    To think about…. When we research whether Person A survived death, the kind of material we consider evidence is of several kinds.  A very important one is getting factually correct information about Person A (usually through a medium) while she[…]

  • Sacred Song, and Where to Find it

    Rupert Sheldrake's Blog -- Science Set Free Mar 3, 2016 | 23:24 pm

    From Resurgence & Ecologist, Jan/Feb 2016, page 56I was an atheist when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge and for several years afterwards, yet I still went to choral evensong because I found it so inspiring and uplifting. Whatever your[…]

  • A Final Farewell: Obituary for Edgar Mitchell

    Feb 28, 2016 | 10:23 am

    Captain Edgar Mitchell was a hero, stepping up to challenges throughout his life with courage and tenacity. Born in Texas on September 17, 1930, Mitchell embraced a changing world in every moment. He often remarked that his grandparents had traveled[…]

US IANDS 2016 Conference: Explore The Extraordinary

July 28-31, 2016
Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South, Florida, US

Featuring Anita Moorjani, Suzanne Giesemann and many more! The NDEr's Path to Healing and Wholeness: NDEs and near-death-like experiences often result in a greater sense of well-being and purpose in life. But the journey of integrating the experience is often fraught with challenges as well.

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.