About the SMN
Where evidence-based reason meets deep inner knowing
The Network is devoted to helping bring forth a new world view in which the wisdom in religious and mystical traditions complements and extends naturalist models proposed by the currently dominant paradigm in science, medicine and technology. We are a worldwide community of scientists and other professionals who seek to integrate evidence-based science with inner knowing cultivated by spiritual practice and embodied in living values. Members of the Network are dedicated to this transformative and educational task.
For fifty years, the Scientific and Medical Network has highlighted by its very existence a significant movement amongst professional people who wish to take full account of the existence of a fundamental spiritual reality and the implications of the spiritual capabilities that we all possess.
The Network is part of the contemporary quest for a more spiritual mode of thinking and being that is compatible with science. Hence it promotes a greater acceptance by science, medicine, psychology and philosophy of the human being’s spiritual essence, as consistent with science. As such the Network challenges the adequacy of an exclusively materialistic approach to reality as a sufficient basis of knowledge, research and values. See also our Galileo Commission Report at galileocommission.org.
A number of eminent scientists have pointed out these limitations and how they are perpetuated:
Ladies and gentlemen, our age is proud of the progress it has made in men’s intellectual development. The search and striving for truth and knowledge is one of the highest of men’s qualities—though often the pride is most loudly voiced by those who strives [sic] the least, and certainly, we should take care not to make the intellect our goal. It has of course powerful muscles but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve, and it is not fastidious in its choice of a leader. This characteristic is reflected in the qualities of its priests, the intellectuals. The intellect has a sharp eye for methods and tools, but is blind to ends and values. So it is no wonder that this fatal blindness is handed on from old to young and today involves a whole generation.’
‘I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information, puts all our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but it is ghastly silent about all and sundry that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us. It cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight; it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity.’
‘In particular, and most importantly, this is the reason why the scientific world-view contains of itself no ethical values, no aesthetical values, not a word about our own ultimate scope or destination, and no God, if you please. Whence came I, wither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.’
Expanding Horizons in Science, Spirituality and Consciousness since 1973
Heart Brain Coherence
We believe that a better, more intelligent and more heart-led world is possible – a world in which the wisdom of spirituality and the thoughtfulness of philosophy balance the power of science and technology.
Deep Listening, Dialogue and Mutual Trust
It is our view that no single idea or solution has a monopoly on truth. Our events and publications, therefore, create spaces for sharing different ideas and experiences with an ethos of deep listening, dialogue and mutual trust.
We recognise that our world is still plagued by deep problems and enduring conflicts. Many of these are caused by dogmatic, superstitious or ill-informed worldviews. However, we believe that individuals and societies can transform themselves.
The key is learning to integrate evidence-based
science, born of rational philosophy, with the love and inner peace cultivated by spiritual practice. The Scientific and Medical Network is a community of professionals dedicated to this task.
Co-creating New Paradigms
We invite you to join us in co-creating new paradigms to bring truth, beauty, health and well-being into harmony, and so help heal our fractured culture.
The Network Aims
Challenge the adequacy of scientific materialism as an exclusive basis for knowledge and values.
Provide a safe forum for the critical and open-minded discussion of ideas that go beyond reductionist science.
Integrate intuitive insights with rational analysis.
Encourage a respect for Earth and Community which emphasises a spiritual and holistic approach.
In asking searching questions about the nature of life and the role of the human being, the Network is:
– Open to new observations and insights.
– Rigorous in evaluating evidence and ideas.
– Responsible in maintaining the highest scientific and ethical standards.
– Sensitive to a plurality of viewpoints.
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