We believe that the sciences are being constricted by dogmatism, and in particular by a subservience to the philosophy of materialism, the doctrine that matter is the only reality and that the mind is nothing but the physical activity of the brain. We believe that the sciences would be more scientific if they were free to investigate the natural world in an un-dogmatic spirit, following the scientific methods of data collecting, hypothesis testing and critical discussion.
Several recent books have made clear the limitations of materialism, including books by three of us that directly address this point, 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 (in the UK called The Science Delusion).
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.
We seek to:
- Promote open scientific enquiry
- Encourage funding agencies to fund innovative research that goes beyond the materialist paradigm.
- Set up an Open Science website with an annotated bibliography of suggested reading; PDF files of key research papers and reviews, videos and audios of talks, lectures and discussions relevant to open science; links to open science journals and societies (such as the Society For Scientific Exploration; the Electric Universe; the Society for Psychical Research; the Institute of Noetic Sciences; the Scientific and Medical Network; the Parapsychological Association); links to university courses in post materialist science, such as the Masters program in Consciousness Studies in California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon, England; links to university department where it is possible to carry out open science projects; and listings of conferences and open science events.
- Promote local Open Science groups
- Encourage open science projects in schools and to introduce an open science dimension in science fairs.
- Initiate an Open Science Online Encyclopaedia to provide more reliable information than Wikipedia does in disputed areas of science.
We are also planning to produce a documentary on the Campaign for Open Science, including discussions already filmed at the Post-Materialist Summit at Canyon Ranch in February 2014.
Our campaign is intended to be a catalyst for scientific change, rather than an end in itself.