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"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."
Professor Harald Walach is a researcher at the interface between medicine, psychology and consciousness studies. Currently he is affiliated as a professor with Poznan Medical University in Poznan, Poland, where he teaches mindfulness to the international medical students, and as a visiting professor with the Witten/Herdecke University’s psychology department in Germany, where he teaches philosophical foundations of psychology to psychology undergraduates. He is founding director of the Change Health Science Institute in Berlin.
Dr. Walach holds a double Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and History and Theory of Science. He has authored more than 170 peer reviewed papers, 14 books and more than 100 book chapters. The citation database of John Ioannidis and colleagues (2019) ranks him at 31.716, placing him in the top 0.5% of 100,000 scientists.
by Harald Walach
Beyond a Materialist Worldview
The Scientific and Medical Network, 2019
After a career building a research group in complementary medicine at the University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany, he held a research professorship with the University of Northampton, UK from 2005-2009 where he directed the MSc Program of Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies. From 2010 until 2016 he was a professor with the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), where he headed a postgraduate Master program training doctors in complementary medicine and cultural sciences. Since then he has taken on a part-time associate professorship with Poznan University of Medical Sciences and a visting professorship with University Witten-Herdecke and is a freelance scientist and writer.
His research interest is in methodology and evaluation of complementary medicine, the impact of consciousness on health, and a scientific approach to consciousness and spirituality. He is editor of the Journal Complementary Medicine Research, associate editor of the Journal for Scientific Exploration and editor of the Springer book series Neuroscience, Consciousness, Spirituality. He has been active in researching homeopathy, spiritual healing and more recently mindfulness-based approaches to health. He published, together with his group, several influential meta-analyses and the widely used Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory, a questionnaire used to measure mindfulness.
Another more applied strand of his research comprised a lifestyle-based prevention program for dementia and related research. Currently he is working on the influence and impact of the materialist research paradigm we are all subject to. He has developed arguments and brought together data that question this dominant mode of thinking in his report for the Galileo Commission of the Scientific and Medical Network. This led him to thinking about expanded modes of scientific inquiry that incorporate contemplative practices. These are being worked out in more recent publications. This is connected to an integration of spirituality within the scientific remit, and so he is currently working on a book on “Spirituality and Psychotherapy”.
He has also become known for his expanded theoretical approach. Together with physicists he has worked out a generalized formalism of quantum theory that can be used to understand phenomena that are difficult to integrate within the current paradigm, because they comprise non-local phenomena, such as parapsychological phenomena, synchronicity or special healing techniques. This model has been taken up by others in various disciplines and has shown to be a fruitful approach.
By Harald Walach
Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality
Edited by Harald Walach, Stefan Schmidt and Wayne B Jonas
Meditation – Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications
Edited by Stefan Schmidt and Harald Walach
Secular Spirituality: The Next Step Towards Enlightenment
Edited by Harald Walach
Evidence for anomalistic correlations between human behavior and a random event generator: Result of an independent replication of a micro-PK experiment
Harald Walach, Majella Horan, Thilo Hinterberger and Walter von Lucadou
Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, August, 2019
Secular Spirituality – What it is, Why We Need it, How to Proceed
Journal for the Study of Spirituality, Volume 7, Number 1, 2017
Mental, Behavioural and Physiological Nonlocal Correlations within the Generalized Quantum Theory Framework: A Review
Harald Walach, Patrizio Tressoldi and Luciano Pederzoli
SSRN Electronic Journal, January 2015
Mindfulness-based Interventions in Schools – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Charlotte Zenner,Solveig Herrnleben-Kurzand and Harald Walach
Frontiers in Psychology, June, 2014
Parapsychological Phenomena as Examples of Generalized Nonlocal Correlations – A Theoretical Framework
Harald Walach, Walter von Lucadou and Hartmann Römer
Journal of Scientific Exploration, January, 2014
Meditation Based Therapies — A Systematic Review and Some Critical Observations
Lone Overby Fjorback and Harald Walach
Religions, Volume 3, Number 1, 2012
Exceptional Experiences and Spiritual Practice: A New Measurement Approach
Niko Kohls and Harald Walach
Spirituality and Health International, Volume 7, 2006
Homeopathy and Epidemic Diseases
Dr Walach's Blog 03/24/2020
Homeopathy and Depression
Dr Walach's Blog 11/05/2020