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Day 1
28 Oct 2017

Introduction with David Lorimer

Introduction to Session 1 with David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific & Medical Network.

The Extended Mind

Our minds seem to extend far beyond our brains. Many experiments have now shown that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even when all normal sensory clues are eliminated. The sense of being stared at also occurs among non-human animals and may have evolved in the context of predator –prey relationships: if a prey animal knows when a hungry predator was watching it, it might have a better chance of escaping than if it didn’t know. Intentions can have effects at a distance, and can be detected telepathically, as shown in experiments with dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and in people’s ability to anticipate who is about to call on the telephone, or send them an email or a text message. Minds are also extended in time. Just as memories connect us with our pasts, precognitions and presentiments sometimes connect us with our futures.

Recent Advances in Parapsychological Research

In this presentation I will describe the PA as it operates in the 21st Century, focusing in particular on recent advances in parapsychological research as practised by PA members. This research has its historical origins in dream ESP and Ganzfeld studies, which I shall describe as a means to make unconscious material available to conscious awareness. But I will concentrate on more recent experimental designs that interrogate the suggestion that psi might operate at a more subtle, unconscious level that moderates decision making and behavioural responses without awareness. This will include recent high profile experiments by Daryl Bem and colleagues, and also a suite of experiments that I have conducted to look at the effects of reward/punishment upon performance at an implicit psi task.

Introduction with Oliver Robinson, Ph.D.

Introduction to Session 2 with Oliver Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Greenwich.

The Future of Consciousness Research

Decades of research have examined anomalies which challenge a one-way street interpretation of the nature of reality (in which matter gives rise to consciousness), in favour of a more subtle, conditional, and contingent interplay between the material and immaterial aspects of existence. But how shall we bridge between the past and the future of consciousness research? How do we inspire a younger generation of researchers to be bold, and to also continue to build what hard-won credibility has been painstakingly built over time for the field of parapsychology? What doors can new technologies such as virtual reality, mobile devices, and big data open for the field of consciousness research? And what is the relevance of this research in today’s society? Join Cassandra Vieten, President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences to explore the future of consciousness research.

Magic 2.0

The esoteric form of magic, called magick by occultists, involves three types of phenomena. All three have been extensively tested in psi research, and at least two of those types are known to exist with very high degrees of scientific confidence. This means magic also exists. However, taboos about magic are so strong that the evidence is not only ignored by the scientific mainstream, the psi-magic connection is nearly invisible to the very field that studies it — parapsychology. I will explore why this is so, and I will present a modest revision of the prevailing scientific worldview that accommodates all of existing science, plus psi and magic.

Screening of “Bridge”

For technical reasons we will now be unable to show this film.
Day 2
29 Oct 2017

Introduction with Bernard Carr, Ph.D.

Introduction to Session 3 with Bernard Carr, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, QMUL.

Is Consciousness Guiding the Universe?

The place of consciousness and its role in the universe remain unknown and controversial. Western philosophy and mainstream science consider consciousness to be computational, epiphenomenal, acausal and illusory, whereas Eastern philosophical and quantum physical approaches consider consciousness to be an intrinsic feature of the universe, playing an active role. But which specific intrinsic feature of the universe entails consciousness? Sir Roger Penrose proposed consciousness results from self-collapse of the quantum wavefunction by ‘objective reduction’ (‘OR’), a process in the basic structure of spacetime geometry. The Penrose-Hameroff ‘Orch OR’ theory further suggests OR events in cytoskeletal microtubules within brain neurons are ‘orchestrated’ by inputs, memory and vibrational resonances, and terminate by ‘orchestrated OR’ to give meaningful conscious moments. If so, consciousness as an intrinsic feature of the universe (one offering pleasurable experience) may have prompted the origin of life and driven its evolution, and perhaps that of the universe itself. In the contest of the ‘anthropic principle’, which considers the extraordinary ‘fine tuning’ in the various physical constants enabling life and consciousness in the universe, it is suggested here that the constants may mutate and evolve over aeons to optimize consciousness, that, in some sense, consciousness is guiding the universe.

Sound Journey Meditation

With Seth Newman and Urubu


Introduction to Session 4 with Peter Fenwick, M.D., F.R.C.Psych, President of the Scientific & Medical Network

Veterans and Near Death Experiences

We know veterans are committing suicide at the rate of 20 service members a day. Is there a way we can help address this terrible statistic with a new intervention and different approach? Currently, NDEs are not addressed at all in their care, yet recently new research shows that 48% of combat related service members are having NDEs in addition to their other injuries and emotional trauma. I am proposing we look at helping veterans across the globe with a new approach.

The Transformative Power of NDEs

During the course of my prospective hospital research it was evident that NDEs occur and have very real, sometimes life changing, effects on those who experience them. It is therefore paramount that all healthcare workers are educated about NDEs to ensure that patients can be directed to the necessary support to help fully integrate such a transformational experience. I will discuss the transformative power of near-death experiences and give examples of people who feature in my forthcoming book co-authored with Kelly Walsh.

Conclusions and Implications

With David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific & Medical Network.
Day 3
03 Nov 2018

Introduction with David Lorimer

Introduction to Beyond the Brain with David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific & Medical Network.
David Lorimer

The Power of Eight

After ten years of experimenting with the power of intention in small and large groups, Lynne McTaggart reveals her remarkable findings about the extraordinary collective dynamic of group intention to...
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Lynne McTaggart

Round table discussion

Discussion between Lynne McTaggart and session chair, Dr David Luke.
David Luke, PhD
Lynne McTaggart

Introduction with Dr Oliver Robinson

Introduction to Transpersonal Psychology: Past, Present & Future with Dr Oliver Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich.
Oliver Robinson, PhD

Challenges for the Future of Transpersonal Psychology: Education and Research

Transpersonal psychology is celebrating its jubilee this year—50 years since pioneers including Abraham Maslow, Anthony Sutich, and Stan Grof inaugurated this sub-discipline of psychology. Much has changed over this half...
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Jessica Bockler, PhD
Les Lancaster, PhD

Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness meditation is a modern form of Raja Yoga which also has roots within Sufi traditions. It offers a very simple universal practice based on the idea of divine presence...
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Rosalind Pearmain, PhD

Interview with Prof. Stanislav Grof

A live radiolink interview with Prof Stanislav Grof, pioneer of LSD Psychotherapy and Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Oliver Robinson, PhD
Stan Grof, MD, PhD
Day 4
04 Nov 2018

Introduction with Dr Peter Fenwick

Introduction to Consciousness and the Brain with Dr Peter Fenwick, Emeritus Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital, and President of the Scientific & Medical Network.
Peter Fenwick, MD

Living in a Mindful Universe

While in coma with his brain shut down, Dr. Eben Alexander experienced a spectacular odyssey to realms beyond our known physical universe—an ultra-real journey that ran counter to all conventional neuroscientific...
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Eben Alexander III, MD

On the Continuity of our Consciousness

‘To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.’  William James According to our current medical concepts, it is not possible to experience consciousness during a cardiac...
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Pim van Lommel, MD

Introduction with Dr David Luke

Introduction to Lucid Dreaming and Out-of-Body Experiences with Dr David Luke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich.
David Luke, PhD

Sacred Acoustics – Multi-sensory experiential session

Join Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell, co-authors of Living in a Mindful Universe, for a multi-sensory experience at the edges of consciousness. There is much more to our so-called...
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Karen Newell
Eben Alexander III, MD

The Science and Spirituality of Lucid Dreaming

We sleep for a third of our lives.  For millennia the Tibetan Buddhists, Toltec-Mexhicas and Sufi mystics have used that lost third for waking up to their highest potential. In this...
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Charlie Morley

Cultivating Free-Will Through the Exploration of Consciousness

Since the early 1970s, The Monroe Institute has been creating and using non-invasive audio-guidance technology within their world-renowned consciousness exploration programs. Luigi is a trainer of such programs and will...
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Luigi Sciambarella
Day 5
05 Nov 2018

Sacred Acoustics: Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

Join Eben Alexander MD, New York Times best-selling author of Proof of Heaven, and Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics – both coauthors of Living in a Mindful Universe –...
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Karen Newell
Eben Alexander III, MD