We believe that the sciences are being unnecessarily constricted by dogmatic beliefs, in particular those tied to the philosophy of materialism (aka physicalism) and its untestable background assumptions. These dogmas cast a shadow over both science and society at large, predetermining what questions are acceptable to ask and what phenomena are considered possible. Through this website we intend to support the growing movement towards a more open-minded scientific paradigm.
Several recent books have made clear the limitations of materialism and its ramifications for society, including books by three of us: The End of Materialism by Charles Tart; Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship, edited by Alexander Moreira-Almeida; and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.
"The proposed post-materialistic paradigm heals the Cartesian partition separating mind and matter, reunites philosophy and natural philosophy, and begins to resolve the age-old clash between science and religion."
– Dave Pruett, NASA researcher and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Huffington Post
With the support of over 300 scientists, professors, MD's and thought leaders, our 18 point Manifesto for a Post-materialist Science is a touchstone for the movement. The website expands on and supports this, and offers a window onto the wider movement, the principal people involved, their research, conferences, journals, lectures and other relevant resources.
The Campaign for Open Science was born out of the Summit on Post Materialist Science held at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, in February 2014, convened by Gary Schwartz, Mario Beauregard and Lisa Miller. The eight participants in the summit are the founders of the campaign for Open Science. Sebastian Penraeth is Editorial Director.