- International Academy of Consciousness
- 2nd International Congress on Consciousness
- BIAL Foundation Accepting Applications for Research in Psychophysiology and Parapsychology
- Robert Newman's The Brain Show targets the failings of neuroscience
- An Atheist in Heaven
- Gary Schwartz: The Five-Finger Test for Extraordinary Evidence
Apr 22, 2016 | 18:20 pm
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[…]Read more...
Apr 8, 2016 | 18:15 pm
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[…]Read more...
Apr 2, 2016 | 15:52 pm
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[…]Read more...
Jan 12, 2016 | 23:41 pm
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[…]Read more...
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]
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.
Featured Open Question
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
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Jon Lieff, M.D.
May 22, 2016 | 20:08 pm
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,[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Jon Lieff, M.D.
May 15, 2016 | 20:20 pm
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.
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.