Jungian Analyst, author and co-author of seven booksincluding, with Jules Cashford, The Myth of the Goddess; Evolution of an Image; with Andrew Harvey, The Mystic Vision and The Divine Feminine; with Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Soul Power: an Agenda for a Conscious Humanity. Her most recent book The Dream of the Cosmos: a Quest for the Soul (2013, updated and reprinted 2020) was awarded the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize for 2013.
Dr. Fritjof Capra (US)
Physicist and systems theorist, founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and on the faculty of Schumacher College.
Dr. Ervin Laszlo, (Italy)
Hungarian philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist, originally a classical pianist – author of over 70 books and founding president of the Club of Budapest.
Dr. Larry Dossey M.D.
Is former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-previewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of twelve books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health, which have been translated into languages around the world.
Dr. Stan Grof M.D., Ph.D. (US)
Is a psychiatrist with more than sixty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Among his publications are over 150 articles in professional journals and the books Beyond the Brain; LSD Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game; Psychology of the Future; The Ultimate Journey; When the Impossible Happens; Healing Our Deepest Wounds; The Way of the Psychonaut.
Prof. Brian Josephson FRS
Is a Welsh theoretical physicist and professor emeritus of physics at the University of Cambridge. Best known for his pioneering work on superconductivity and quantum tunnelling, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 for his prediction of the Josephson effect.
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. (UK)
Is a biologist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and nine books including Science and Spiritual Practices and Ways To Go Beyond, And Why They Work. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California, and of Schumacher College in Devon. His website is www.sheldrake.org
Prof. Elisabet Sahtouris Ph.D. (US)
Is an internationally known evolution biologist. With a post-doctoral degree at the American Museum of Natural History, she is the author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution, A Walk Through Time and Gaia’s Dance: The Story of Earth & Us, and is co-author with Willis Harman of Biology Revisioned.
Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, (Spain)
Scientist, scholar, politician, diplomat, and poet. He served as Director-General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999.
Sir Roger Penrose, OM, FRS, (UK)
Mathematical physicist and philosopher of science, former Rouse Ball professor of mathematics at Oxford. 2020 Nobel laureate in Physics.
Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, (US)
Iranian University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, and an Islamic philosopher, author of many books, including Knowledge and the Sacred.
Prof. Dean Radin, Ph.D.
Is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is author or coauthor of hundreds of technical and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, and four popular books: The Conscious Universe (1997), Entangled Minds (2006), Supernormal (2013), and Real Magic (2018).
Prof. Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. (US)
Is a social anthropologist, researcher, award winning writer, and charismatic public speaker. She serves as President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Her books include: Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; and Death Makes Life Possible.
Dr. Michel Odent (UK)
Michel Odent, MD, was in charge of the surgical and maternity units at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985). For many years he was the only doctor in charge of about 1,000 births a year. He is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). His latest book of many is entitled The Future of Homo.
Often referred to as the “Einstein of consciousness studies”, Ken Wilber is a pre-eminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of the Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today. He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages.
Prof. Ravi Ravindra, (Canada)
Professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada) where he served for many years as a professor in the departments of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and of Physics. He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton
Lama Alan Wallace Ph.D. (US)
Tibetan lama, physicist and philosopher of science who often serves as interpreter to the Dalai Lama. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (https://sbinstitute.com). He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and Buddhism.
Prof. Charles T. Tart Ph.D. (US)
Is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto and Psychology at the University of California at Davis, and is internationally known for his research with altered states of consciousness, transpersonal psychology, and parapsychology. Tart is the author of 250 academic papers and 13 books feature two that have been called classics, viz. Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975).
Prof. Stuart Alan Kaufmann, M.D., Ph.D., FRSC (Canada)
Physician by training, renowned theoretical biologist and of the pioneers of complexity theory and origins of life. He is of the leaders of Santa Fe Institute for Complex Systems and the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics (IBI) at Calgary. Emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts leading-edge interdisciplinary research in systems biology and consciousness studies.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009)
Herbert Simon Award for Complex Systems (USA, 2013)
Trotter Prize for Information and Complexity (USA, 2001)
Gold Medal of the Accademia dei Lincei (Italy, 1990)
MacArthur Fellowship (USA, 1987)
Norbert Wiener Medal for Cybernetics (1969)
Federico Faggin Ph.D. (Italy-US)
Physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur and author. He created the first commercial microprocessor and the MOS silicon-gate technology (SGT). ‘Federico & Elvia Faggin Foundation’ supports the scientific study of consciousness through theoretical and experimental research in many USA academic or independent institutions and projects. His work expands the scope of science empowering the study of consciousness.
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2019)
National Medal of Technology and Innovation (USA, 2009)
Marconi International Fellowship Award (1988)
Kyoto Prize (1997)
Emilios Bouratinos (Greece)
Philosopher, Essayist, Author.
Studied law in Athens and classical philosophy in Innsbruck, where he read with Heidegger. A diplomatic cultural advisor and editor of the cultural magazine Dialogos. Influential essayist and author, heralded a Self-Reflecting and Interdisciplinary Science of Consciousness by organizing its first conferences and workshops. He proposed the process and the tools to bring to birth a new kind of science that truly does justice to both the inner and outer dimensions of reality by & grasping what exceeds our grasp.
Scientific & Medical Best Book Prize 2018 for his book “Science, Objectivity & Consciousness”.
Dr. Peter Fenwick, MB BChir, BA (Cantab), DPM, FRCPsych
Emeritus President of the SMN
Peter was educated at Trinity College Cambridge where he obtained an Honours Degree in Natural Science. His clinical medical training was carried out at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. After obtaining experience in neurosurgery he specialised in psychiatry. He is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Consultant Neurophysiologist at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, and Honorary Consultant in Neurophysiology to Broadmoor Special Hospital. He has published numerous scientific papers on brain function and also several papers on meditation and altered states of consciousness. He is also President of the UK branch of the International Association of Near-Death Studies, reflecting his special interest in this field. He lectures widely in England, on the Continent and in the US on brain disorders and has made many appearances on radio and television. His most recent book is The Truth in the Light.
Dr. Iain McGilchrist (UK)
Psychiatrist, philosopher and literary scholar. He is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as a former Clinical Director of the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. His previous book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World reached international recognition and acclaim and has marked him out as one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers of our time.
Dr. Pim van Lommel, M.D. (NL)
Pim van Lommel, M.D. worked from 1977-2003 as a cardiologist in Hospital Rijnstate and is now doing full-time research on the mind-brain relation. His key article published in the Lancet in 2001 was entitled Near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands. He was co-founder of the Dutch IANDS in 1988. His Dutch book Endless Consciousness (in English Consciousness beyond Life) has now been translated into eleven languages, and worldwide more than 400.000 copies have been sold. In 2010 he received the 2010 Book Award of the Scientific and Medical Network. His Bigelow essay The Continuity of Consciousness was awarded Second Prize.
Prof. Basil Hiley, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Physics at Birkbeck, University of London, and Honorary Professor at University College London. He was a long-time collaborator with David Bohm, working on the implicate order and fundamental problems in theoretical physics, and co-author of The Undivided Universe, the main reference for Bohm’s interpretation of quantum theory. He was awarded the 2012 Majorana prize for his algebraic approach to quantum mechanics and in recognition of his paramount importance as a natural philosopher and his critical open-minded attitude towards the role of science in contemporary culture.
Prof. Keith Ward, DD, FBA
Taught philosophy at the Universities of Glasgow, St. Andrews, and King’s College, London. He was Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, then Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at King’s, London, and Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford.. In 1993-94, he delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow. His most recent books are Christ and the Cosmos (2015), The Christian Idea of God (2017), and Religion in the Modern World (2019).
Prof. Marjorie Woollacott Ph.D. (US)
Professor Emeritus of Human Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. She is president of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS), the Research Director of the International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS), and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed research articles—several of which were on spiritual awakening and meditation, the topic that motivated her to write her latest book, Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind. She coedited AAPS publications Is Consciousness Primary? and Expanding Science.
Prof. David Bohm, FRS (UK, 1917-1992)
Was one of the most significant theoretical physicists of 20th century with his own ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics. His book Wholeness and the Implicate Order was enormously influential, and he conducted some well-known dialogues with Krishnamurti. Later in his life he became very concerned with language and communication, developing an innovative process of dialogue.
Dr. Rodrigo Carazo (1926-2009)
Was President of Costa Rica from 1978 to 1982 and was the founder of the University for Peace.
Prof. Freeman Dyson, FRS, (1923-2020)
English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, was known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. Former professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Rt. Revd. and Rt. Hon. Lord John Habgood, PC, (1928-2019)
Was a theologian and scientist, former Archbishop of York and Bishop of Durham.
Prof. Willis Harman (US, 1918-1997)
Was an Americanengineer, social scientist, academic, futurist, writer, and visionary. He worked at SRI International and was President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Sir John Houghton, FRS, (UK, 1931-2020)
Was former professor of atmospheric physics at Oxford and Head of the UK Meteorological Office, co-chair of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s scientific assessment working group.
Dr. Mary Midgley, (UK, 1919-2018)
Was aprolific moral philosopher known for her work on science, ethics and animal rights. She published her last book, Why Philosophy Matters at the age of 99.
Dr. Edgar Mitchell (US, 1930-2016)
Was the sixth man on the moon and Founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Dr. David Peat, (Italy, 1938-2017)
Was aCanadian holistic scientist, biographer of David Bohm and founder of the Pari Centre.
Prof. Karl Pribram (US, 1919-2015)
Was an eminent neurophysiologist who developed the holographic theory of mind. He was the first recipient of the prestigious European Havel Prize for “his fundamental contribution to the understanding of science as an integral part of general culture”. He spoke at Mystics and Scientists in the early 1980s. See www.karlpribram.com
Prof. Vicomte Ilya Prigogine (Belgium, 1917-2003)
Nobel Laureate and developer of the nonlinear theory of dissipative structures and who was a pioneer of research in complex systems.
Dr. Lawrence Le Shan, (US, 1920-2020)
Psychologist and author of over a dozen books.
Prof. George Wald (US, 1906-1997)
Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine for his work on the retina.
Prof. Sir Frederick Warner, FRS, FREng (UK, 1910-2010)
Chemical engineer who was one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Engineering and received the Buchanan and Leverhulme medals of the Royal Society.
Surgeon Admiral Sir James Watt, KBE (UK, 1914-2009)
Was medical Director-General of the Royal Navy between 1972 and 1977, and President of the Royal Society of Medicine where he promoted some of the first public debates on complementary medicine.
Sir John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, (UK, 1930-2021)
Former Cambridge professor of mathematical physics and President of Queens’ College. Anglican priest and theologian, winner of the Templeton Prize.
Sir Crispin Tickell, GCMG, KCVO, FZS, (UK, 1930-2022)
Is a diplomat, environmentalist and academic. Former ambassador to the UN, Warden of Green College, Oxford, Chancellor of the University of Kent and President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Prof. Henryk Skolimowski, (Poland, 1930-2018)
Professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Michigan and pioneer of eco-philosophy.
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