Manifesto Authors

Mario Beauregard

PhD; Neuroscientist, University of Arizona; Author of The Spiritual Brain & Brain Wars

Materialism’s truncated understanding of what it means to be human often prevents us from seeing what is staring us in the face.

Larry Dossey

MD; Executive Editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, author of 13 books and hundreds of articles.

A consciousness that is nonlocal with respect to space is infinite and omnipresent. A consciousness that is nonlocal with respect to time is eternal and immortal.

Lisa Jane Miller

PhD; Professor, Columbia University; Director, Spirituality & Mind Body Institute; Author of The Awakened Brain

I know childhood spirituality to be a powerful truth that is incontrovertible yet strangely absent from our mainstream culture.

Alexander Moreira-Almeida

MD, PhD; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Federal University of Juiz de Fora; Founder, Center in Spirituality and Health, NUPES

What we ask is for a science that's really committed to the scientific spirit of openness but at the same time very rigorous.

Marilyn Schlitz

PhD; Professor of Transpersonal Psychology, President of Academic Faculty, Sofia University; CEO/President Emeritus, Senior Fellow, Institute of Noetic Sciences; author of Death Makes Life Possible

The view of reality that is emerging in the twenty-first century is dynamic, inclusive, and in some ways beyond words.

Gary Schwartz

PhD; Professor of Psychology; Director, Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, University of Arizona; author of The Afterlife Experiments

Post-materialist theory will be an expanded vision for which the materialist model becomes a more limited or special case of the bigger theory.

Rupert Sheldrake

PhD; Biologist and Author of A New Science of Life & The Science Delusion

It is not anti-scientific to question established beliefs, but central to science itself. At the creative heart of science is a spirit of open-minded inquiry.

Charles T. Tart

PhD; Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California & Core Faculty, Sofia University

There's much to be said for being open and flexible about examining our own beliefs, any beliefs, testing them rather than letting them become rigid.

Thinkers of the Month

Allan Leslie Combs

PhD; Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies; Director, The Center for Consciousness Studies; President, Society for Consciousness Studies

Conscious experience is like a dance in which we glide and then pause, glide and then pause. If we stop to reflect on our own awareness we capture only the moment of the pause.

Daryl Bem

PhD; Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Cornell University

The presentiment studies provide evidence that our physiology can anticipate unpredictable erotic or negative stimuli before they occur.

Brian Josephson

PhD; Professor Emeritus of Physics, Cambridge University, 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics

The idea that water has a memory can be refuted by any one of several easily understood, invalid, arguments.

Pim van Lommel

MD; Retired Cardiologist, Rijnstate Hospital, the Netherlands; bestselling author of Consciousness Beyond Life

There appears to be an inverse relationship between the clarity of consciousness and the loss of brain function.

J. Kim Penberthy

PhD, ABPP; Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia; Member of the Division of Perceptual Studies, UVA

Acknowledging our own lived reality, that our consciousness and associated abilities are not mere manifestations of our body’s efforts, is important in liberating our true extraordinary potential.

Marjorie Woollacott

PhD; Professor Emeritus of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon; Research Director for the International Association of Near Death Studies; President of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences.

I have come to think that the mind, while being influenced by the brain, is much more than a function of it.

Harald Walach

Dr, DrPhil; Professor, Poznan Medical University; Visiting Professor, Witten/Herdecke University; Founding Director, Change Health Science Institute, Berlin

Acknowledging that consciousness cannot be reduced to brain activity is in fact the most important element and the single most decisive step towards a post-materialist science and its according methodology.

Marilyn Monk

Professor Emeritus of Molecular Embryology, University College London; Honorary Professor, University of Melbourne; Formerly Adjunct Professor, Monash University, Australia

I have observed in my research, and in my love for all creatures on this earth, that all life is aware and responsive to surroundings.

Kathleen Noble

PhD; Professor of Consciousness, University of Washington, Bothell (UWB); licensed clinical and counseling psychologist

By the end of each year’s course students reported feeling increased optimism, hope, and a desire to learn more, and a corresponding decrease in feelings of depression, anxiety, and nihilism.

Who's Who in Open Science

Julia Assante   near-death experience, archaeology, art history of the ancient near east Henry Bauer   electrochemistry, history, philosophy, sociology of science Mario Beauregard   neuroscience, neuropsychology, mystical experience, postmaterialist science Marc Bekoff   animal behavior, cognitive ethology, behavioral ecology, compassionate conservation Daryl Bem   psi, self-perception theory of attitude formation, social psychology, physics William Bengston   energy healing, sociology, research methods and statistics Dick Bierman   consciousness and quantum physics, artificial intelligence Stephen E. Braude   parapsychology, philosophical psychopathology James Carpenter   parapsychology, clinical psychology Deepak Chopra   consciousness, mind-body medicine, endocrinology Allan Leslie Combs   consciousness, neuropsychology, systems sciences Larry Dossey   internal medicine, Explore, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Brenda J Dunne   PEAR laboratory, consciousness, psychology Peter Fenwick   neuropsychiatry, near-death experience, consciousness Bruce Greyson   near-death experience, psychiatry, neurobehavioral science Stuart Hameroff   consciousness, microtubules, anesthesiology Robert Jahn   PEAR laboratory, physics, aerospace engineering Brian Josephson   Nobel Prize in physics, tunnelling effect in superconductivity Menas Kafatos   computational physics, astrophysics, consciousness Bernardo Kastrup   metaphysical idealism, reconfigurable computing, AI Stanley Krippner   consciousness, psychology, dream research Pim van Lommel   near-death experience, cardiology David Luke   altered states of consciousness, transpersonal psychology, parapsychology Lisa Miller   clinical psychology, mind-body medicine, spirituality in children Kathleen Noble   consciousness, clinical and counseling psychology, early university entrance Alexander Moreira-Almeida   spiritualily and health, mind-brain problem, mediums, psychiatry Elaine Morgan   the aquatic ape hypothesis, evolutionary anthropology Roger Nelson   Global Consciousness Project, experimental psychology, psychophysiology, Marilyn Monk   molecular biology, epigenetics, methylation of DNA, deprogramming Adrian Parker   the ganzfeld technique, psychical research, clinical psychology J Kim Penberthy   mindfulness, psychiatry, clinical psychology Gerald Pollack   the fourth phase of water, medical and biological engineering Diane Powell   consciousness, autistic savants, neuropsychiatry, clinical psychiatry Dean Radin   consciousness, psychology, physics, electrical engineering Beverly Rubik   biophysics, consciousness, spiritual healing, energy medicine Marilyn Schlitz   mind-body medicine, parapsychology Gary Schwartz   spirit detection, life after death, dream precognition, mediums Rupert Sheldrake   morphic resonance, telepathy, the sense of being stared at, biology Stephan A Schwartz   remote viewing in archaeology, nonlocal consciousness Rudolph Tanzi   Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's, genetics and aging, neurology Russell Targ   lasers, remote viewing, Stanford Research Institute Charles T Tart   transpersonal psychology, altered states of consciousness, dreaming, hypnosis Neil Theise   multi-organ adult stem cell plasticity, pathology, theoretical biology, complexity Jim Tucker   psychiatry, neurobehavioral science, children who remember previous lives Cassandra Vieten   IONS, mindfulness, addiction, mind-body medicine Harald Walach   consciousness, homeopathy, complementary medicine, clinical psychology Marjorie Woollacott   meditation, near-death experience, human physiology, neuroscience