Portugal 12th Symposium of the Bial Foundation: Behind and Beyond the Brain

April 4-7, 2018
Casa do Médico, Portugal

From doping to brain training, from meditation to brain stimulation, the idea that the mind can be enhanced so as to increase cognitive capacity, well-being, or health is now a major research endeavour that engages different disciplines in a reflection about the relationships between the mind and the body and about the ethical implications of attempts to go beyond what is naturally possible. The 12th Symposium of the BIAL Foundation “Behind and Beyond the Brain” gathers some of the most prominent scientists and philosophers in this broad, controversial domain so that they can share their ideas and findings and discuss their implications in a resolutely interdisciplinary setting.

US The 2018 IRVA & SSE Joint Conference Exploration

June 6-10, 2018
South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

SSE Conferences are an opportunity to share and evaluate some of the most exciting and promising original research happening today. The event is highly interdisciplinary, with talks covering subjects ranging across consciousness research, progress in new energy technologies, discoveries bearing upon healing and medicine, and much more. This will be a joint conference with the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA).

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]