• 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

  • Kent Forbes, Does the Simulation Hypothesis Defeat Materialism |323|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Jul 26, 2016 | 20:39 pm

    This academic turned filmmaker believes science’s growing openness to the simulation hypothesis may overturn materialism. photo by: Kent Forbes Today on Skeptiko we’re joined by Kent Forbes, whose movie, The Simulation Hypothesis, explores the possibility that reality is a simulation in which[…]

  • Guardians of the Blood Brain Barrier

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Jul 24, 2016 | 19:33 pm

    Guardians of the Blood Brain Barrier Two thousand years ago Aristotle wrote that cells lining blood vessels determine organs. Recently, he was found correct when capillary cells demonstrated elaborate communication with stem cells and many other cells. Unique capillary cells in each organ have dramatic effects[…]

  • IONS Breaks New Ground in Mental Health Care

    IONS Blog Jul 19, 2016 | 15:21 pm

    A new article and book by Institute of Noetic Sciences scientists and their colleagues are shifting the field of mental health care to recognize the vital importance of spiritual experiences, beliefs and practices in psychological well-being.Do people's spiritual and religious[…]

  • 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[…]

  • Are Fungus the Dominant Life Form

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Jul 17, 2016 | 22:28 pm

    Are Fungus the Dominant Life Form Bacteria and viruses exhibit communication and almost endless creativity and variation. We have no real idea just how many species there are. Bacteria and viruses have dramatic effects on the ecology of every part of the earth. Because of this, they[…]

  • Consciousness and Healing: A Path to Whole Person Health

    IONS Blog Jul 14, 2016 | 09:26 am

    If you’re like most people, your life is complex and sometimes challenging. It’s easy to feel the stresses that come with our busy days and diverse demands on our time and attention, mass distraction that pull us off our soul’s[…]

  • Dr. Richard Miller, for some patients, not recommending yoga is a form of malpractice |322|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Jul 13, 2016 | 07:08 am

    This clinical psychologist, and researcher has used yoga to dramatically improve the lives of those suffering from PTSD. photo by: Spirit-Fire When I ran across the work of today’s guest, Dr. Richard Miller, much was familiar. I’ve practiced yoga for[…]

  • 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[…]

  • Bottom Line Spirituality: What Works, What Might Work Better

    Charles T. Tart Jun 26, 2016 | 11:23 am

    Bottom Line Spirituality: What Works, What Might Work Better Charles T. Tart I was reading along, without too much enthusiasm, a discussion held online by a group of informed people aiming to advance spiritual development a discussion about what various[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

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.