• 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

  • Viruses evade DNA RNA Sensors

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Jun 26, 2016 | 20:32 pm

    Viruses evade DNA RNA Sensors Some think viruses are not alive. It is, therefore, very surprising that they can evade elaborate cellular mechanisms used to find and destroy them. Search and destroy mechanisms of the cell and counter attacks from viruses are very complex. Cells[…]

  • 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[…]

  • Neurons and Immune Cells Talking at Barrier Regions

    Jon Lieff, M.D. Jun 19, 2016 | 21:09 pm

    Neurons and Immune Cells Talking at Barrier Regions It is the border regions of the intestine, skin and lungs where the lining cells meet the outside world. They must respond to a vast amount of microbes and intense environmental factors. Conversations between lining cells, microbes and immune cells[…]

  • On Self-Regulation and Relationships: A Perspective on Peace

    IONS Blog Jun 15, 2016 | 14:58 pm

    War is complicated, but peace doesn’t have to be.Though you wouldn’t know it to look at politics and state diplomacy, there is power in simplicity,  which is too often mistaken for “ease.” How many of us struggle with that difference[…]

  • Meditation: Where East Meets West

    Jun 15, 2016 | 13:12 pm

    How can you find the inner resilience to match the outer complexities of your life? I ask myself this question everyday. It is sometimes a struggle, just to turn on my computer, or get my son to school, or get[…]

  • Dr. Piero Calvi-Parisetti, near-death experience science counters grief |319|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Jun 14, 2016 | 10:19 am

    This physician discovered near-death experience science can help those experiencing grief. photo by: Martin Today we welcome Dr. Piero Calvi-Parisetti, an Italian-born, Scottish-raised MD who since 2004 has developed an intense, scholarly interest in evidence suggesting the survival of consciousness after death. He’s written some[…]

  • Consciousness and the Quantum: Surprising New Evidence

    IONS Blog Jun 10, 2016 | 13:21 pm

    Since it began in 1994, the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson AZ, has become the world’s largest consciousness-focused conference. Founded by philosopher David Chalmers and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, its popularity and prestige reflects the growing academic recognition of the[…]

  • CCCE:Concentration, Clarity, Curiosity, Equanimity

    Charles T. Tart Jun 8, 2016 | 14:56 pm

      CCCE:  Concentration, Clarity, Curiosity, Equanimity Charles T. Tart I teach a three-week web course on meditation and mindfulness a few times each year, giving students basic understanding and practice in developing essential skills for meditation practice, but even more[…]

  • Dr. Stephen Braude – your memories aren’t in your brain|318|

    Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point May 31, 2016 | 09:27 am

    Philosopher and parapsychology researcher Dr. Stephen Braude sees fatal flaws in the “memories stored in brain” model. photo by: Scott Huettel Today we welcome Dr. Stephen Braude to Skeptiko. Dr. Braude is the former chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

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.