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Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science

From its inception, science has continually evolved because of a fundamental reason: the accumulation of empirical evidence that could not be accommodated by entrenched views. The resulting changes have often been minor, but sometimes they have been titanic, as in the quantum-relativistic revolution of the early decades of the 20th century.

Many scientists believe a similar transition is currently required, because the materialistic focus that has dominated science in the modern era cannot account for an ever-increasing body of empirical findings in the domain of consciousness and spirituality.

The following Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science by a group of contemporary scholars and researchers attempts to visualize what an emerging scientific view may look like.

Larry Dossey, MD, Executive Editor

We are a group of internationally known scientists, from a variety of scientific fields (biology, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, and psychiatry), who participated in an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality, and society. The summit was co-organized by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD and Mario Beauregard, PhD, the University of Arizona, and Lisa Miller, PhD, Columbia University. This summit was held at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, on February 7–9, 2014. Our purpose was to discuss the impact of the materialist ideology on science and the emergence of a post-materialist paradigm for science, spirituality, and society.

We have come to the following conclusions:

  • 1.

    The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles.

  • 2.

    During the 19th century, these assumptions narrowed, turned into dogmas, and coalesced into an ideological belief system that came to be known as “scientific materialism.” This belief system implies that the mind is nothing but the physical activity of the brain and that our thoughts cannot have any effect upon our brains and bodies, our actions, and the physical world.

  • 3.

    The ideology of scientific materialism became dominant in academia during the 20th century. So dominant that a majority of scientists started to believe that it was based on established empirical evidence and represented the only rational view of the world.

  • 4.

    Scientific methods based upon materialistic philosophy have been highly successful in not only increasing our understanding of nature but also in bringing greater control and freedom through advances in technology.

  • 5.

    However, the nearly absolute dominance of materialism in the academic world has seriously constricted the sciences and hampered the development of the scientific study of mind and spirituality. Faith in this ideology, as an exclusive explanatory framework for reality, has compelled scientists to neglect the subjective dimension of human experience. This has led to a severely distorted and impoverished understanding of ourselves and our place in nature.

  • 6.

    Science is first and foremost a non-dogmatic, open-minded method of acquiring knowledge about nature through the observation, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Its methodology is not synonymous with materialism and should not be committed to any particular beliefs, dogmas, or ideologies.

  • 7.

    At the end of the 19th century, physicists discovered empirical phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. This led to the development, during the 1920s and early 1930s, of a revolutionary new branch of physics called quantum mechanics (QM). QM has questioned the material foundations of the world by showing that atoms and subatomic particles are not really solid objectsthey do not exist with certainty at definite spatial locations and definite times. Most importantly, QM explicitly introduced the mind into its basic conceptual structure since it was found that particles being observed and the observer—the physicist and the method used for observation—are linked. According to one interpretation of QM, this phenomenon implies that the consciousness of the observer is vital to the existence of the physical events being observed and that mental events can affect the physical world. The results of recent experiments support this interpretation. These results suggest that the physical world is no longer the primary or sole component of reality and that it cannot be fully understood without making reference to the mind.

  • 8.

    Psychological studies have shown that conscious mental activity can causally influence behavior and that the explanatory and predictive value of agentic factors (e.g., beliefs, goals, desires, and expectations) is very high. Moreover, research in psychoneuroimmunology indicates that our thoughts and emotions can markedly affect the activity of the physiological systems (e.g., immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular) connected to the brain. In other respects, neuroimaging studies of emotional self-regulation, psychotherapy, and the placebo effect demonstrate that mental events significantly influence the activity of the brain.

  • 9.

    Studies of the so-called “psi phenomena” indicate that we can sometimes receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses, and in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints. Furthermore, psi research demonstrates that we can mentally influence—at a distance—physical devices and living organisms (including other human beings). Psi research also shows that distant minds may behave in ways that are nonlocally correlated, i.e., the correlations between distant minds are hypothesized to be unmediated (they are not linked to any known energetic signal), unmitigated (they do not degrade with increasing distance), and immediate (they appear to be simultaneous). These events are so common that they cannot be viewed as anomalous or as exceptions to natural laws, but as indications of the need for a broader explanatory framework that cannot be predicated exclusively on materialism.

  • 10.

    Conscious mental activity can be experienced in clinical death during a cardiac arrest [this is what has been called a “near-death experience” (NDE)]. Some near-death experiencers (NDErs) have reported veridical out-of-body perceptions (i.e., perceptions that can be proven to coincide with reality) that occurred during cardiac arrest. NDErs also report profound spiritual experiences during NDEs triggered by cardiac arrest. It is noteworthy that the electrical activity of the brain ceases within a few seconds following a cardiac arrest.

  • 11.

    Controlled laboratory experiments have documented that skilled research mediums (people who claim that they can communicate with the minds of people who have physically died) can sometimes obtain highly accurate information about deceased individuals. This further supports the conclusion that mind can exist separate from the brain.

  • 12.

    Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed a priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.

  • 13.

    It is important to realize that psi phenomena, NDEs in cardiac arrest, and replicable evidence from credible research mediums, appear anomalous only when seen through the lens of materialism.

  • 14.

    Moreover, materialist theories fail to elucidate how brain could generate the mind, and they are unable to account for the empirical evidence alluded to in this manifesto. This failure tells us that it is now time to free ourselves from the shackles and blinders of the old materialist ideology, to enlarge our concept of the natural world, and to embrace a post-materialist paradigm.

  • 15.

    According to the post-materialist paradigm:

    • a.

      Mind represents an aspect of reality as primordial as the physical world. Mind is fundamental in the universe, i.e., it cannot be derived from matter and reduced to anything more basic.

    • b.

      There is a deep interconnectedness between mind and the physical world.

    • c.

      Mind (will/intention) can influence the state of the physical world and operate in a nonlocal (or extended) fashion, i.e., it is not confined to specific points in space, such as brains and bodies, or to specific points in time, such as the present. Since the mind may nonlocally influence the physical world, the intentions, emotions, and desires of an experimenter may not be completely isolated from experimental outcomes, even in controlled and blinded experimental designs.

    • d.

      Minds are apparently unbounded and may unite in ways suggesting a unitary One Mind that includes all individual, single minds.

    • e.

      NDEs in cardiac arrest suggest that the brain acts as a transceiver of mental activity, i.e., the mind can work through the brain but is not produced by it. NDEs occurring in cardiac arrest, coupled with evidence from research mediums, further suggest the survival of consciousness, following bodily death, and the existence of other levels of reality that are non-physical.

    • f.

      Scientists should not be afraid to investigate spirituality and spiritual experiences since they represent a central aspect of human existence.

  • 16.

    Post-materialist science does not reject the empirical observations and great value of scientific achievements realized up until now. It seeks to expand the human capacity to better understand the wonders of nature and, in the process, rediscover the importance of mind and spirit as being part of the core fabric of the universe. Post-materialism is inclusive of matter, which is seen as a basic constituent of the universe.

  • 17.

    The post-materialist paradigm has far-reaching implications. It fundamentally alters the vision we have of ourselves, giving us back our dignity and power, as humans and as scientists. This paradigm fosters positive values such as compassion, respect, and peace. By emphasizing a deep connection between ourselves and nature at large, the post-materialist paradigm also promotes environmental awareness and the preservation of our biosphere. In addition, it is not new, but only forgotten for 400 years, that a lived transmaterial understanding may be the cornerstone of health and wellness, as it has been held and preserved in ancient mind–body–spirit practices, religious traditions, and contemplative approaches.

  • 18.

    The shift from materialist science to post-materialist science may be of vital importance to the evolution of the human civilization. It may be even more pivotal than the transition from geocentrism to heliocentrism.

We invite you, scientists of the world, to read the Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science and sign it, if you wish to show your support (see

The Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science was prepared by Mario Beauregard, PhD (University of Arizona), Gary E. Schwartz, PhD (University of Arizona), and Lisa Miller, PhD (Columbia University), in collaboration with Larry Dossey, MD, Alexander Moreira-Almeida, MD, PhD, Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, and Charles Tart, PhD.


For further information, please contact Dr Mario Beauregard, Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.

Note: We considered two ways of referring to the emerging paradigm presented in this Manifesto: the hyphenated version (post-materialism) and the non-hyphenated version (postmaterialism). The hyphenated form was selected for the sake of clarity for both scientists and lay people.

The Summary Report of the International Summit on Post-Materialist Science, Spirituality and Society can be found at the following address:

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“Happy” – wonderful film!

ed3I recently discovered “Happy” (a movie available to watch at this link).

Winner of many awards, it investigates what makes people happy – all over the world – and is stunning in the beauty and simplicity which make some people quite content and happy with their lives – with some huge surprises.

One of those surprises relates to the issues we’re all interested in here: abuse and lost memories recovered, and healing!  That’s all I’ll say.  It’s good for the heart.  Please watch it.

Love to you all in the New Year,


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They Lie: a meditation on humans and predation, capitalism, ancient history, and hope for the future


(This represents my most pessimistic thoughts I have now and then, which I turn around to find a sliver of hope in all this craziness.  Perhaps you feel the same sometimes?)

They lie.  Constantly.

We live with the lies, and pretend.

But wait.  That’s not as outrageous as it sounds.

That’s the way of all Nature.  Predators and prey continually “lie” to each other.  Mother birds feign a broken wing as they pretend to struggle, to draw a predator away from their nests before flying to safety.  Both predators and prey pretend to be other than what they are:  shadows, sticks, rocks, a poisonous bug.

Bankers pretend to be our friends.  We pretend to be richer or poorer than we are.  We pretend to be happy, love our work, and like everyone we see.  We lie.

They lie.

Are we all like predators and prey?  Yes.

images-7But how far do we take this?  What about those bankers?  What about those people controlling and poisoning the water, poisoning the air, forcing “terminator genes” into food genetics, cutting down the rainforest as fast as they can, locking up record numbers of citizens into work prisons, torturing, letting the infrastructure of our nation (and others’) deteriorate, manufacturing enough bombs to destroy the world many times over, poisoning the soil, even poisoning the aquifers with fracked waste liquids, and all the other destruction and efforts toward total control we witness?

It’s as if there were a liquidation operation in progress on Earth.  Like… “Earth First!  We’ll mine Venus next” isn’t a joke.

Like the Annunaki (“people who came from above”) – the Sumerian gods who created us to work in their mines – have given orders to extract the last of what they can get on the planet and assure no humans will survive for long here after they pull out.  Doesn’t it look like that?

The Sumerian history and Biblical history both tell of gods (or God) who wanted to do away with humans, which they were so tired of trying to control.  (Read the stories of the Flood.)  Both Jehovah and the Sumerian brother, Enlil, begrudgingly allowed the few humans to survive, but only under the terms that the God/god would shorten the lives of humans, giving them less time to develop wisdom to pass on to succeeding generations.  A crude form of mind control – by people from the stars.

Seems like a similar story is playing out now, only the gods are using malnutrition, mal-education, drugs, and entertainment to make us docile.  It’s possible they’ve also decided we’ve had a long enough reprieve, we’re still too troublesome, and so it’s time to finish up the Earth/human project.  Sometimes it seems like the only explanation for the insanity of destroying the environment and controlling and poisoning the food and water sources, and compromising every one of our basic survival needs:  air, water, food, soil, community, not to mention human intelligence.  Sometimes I just can’t see it any other way.

So what will come of us?

jan20113-300x226On this plane, I sometimes feel I must yield.  I’m 62.  And I’m not really interested in surviving under the predicted conditions.  I’m far more interested in the other dimensions I visit in altered states, and the family there I’ve felt part of since I was a child.

And I don’t really mourn, any more, what seems to be the liquidation of Earth and ending of human life as we know it (even predicted directly to me by some mysterious force I’ve described on, but don’t want to believe).

For years, or decades, I’ve fought to turn the tide, and occasionally mourned it, but I think I’m over it now.  So much destruction – witnessed and fought for and lost – eventually sinks in.

GaiaJosephineWallDespite the best efforts of peace activists, community gardeners, Permaculture designers, and other conscious and good-hearted people, I think it’s right that this capitalist effort hits the compost heap.  Humans deserve better, and I think we’ve all learned our lesson.

But all’s not lost!  Conscious people can take their good efforts now to the next level – maybe another dimension of this Earth?  That’s a hopeful thought.

OR, maybe all the global problems we’re so aware of, with statistics that have been looming over us, threatening for years to grow to catastrophic levels that seem absolutely impossible to repair – but maybe it’s not impossible, but only looks that way because of reporting.

Sure, there are flammable water taps, and record levels of acidity in the ocean, and growing numbers of children and adults on psychopharmaceutical drugs and brain-numbing chemical food, and… and… and…, but maybe there are also other aspects to the problems we’re unaware of, like extra-dimensional help quietly working in the background.  Sound crazy?  Well, they’re doing something here, and it doesn’t seem to be obviously hurting us yet, so maybe they’re helping??

Lest this seem like silly wishful thinking, let me remind certain readers that UFOs have been documented interfering with nuclear rocket launches (yes, they have!) and have even been seen entering threatening volcanos and apparently quieting them down.  (Not to say that all “aliens” are on our side, but at least some seem to be.  I fully believe there’s more to the UFO/alien story than any of us can know.  And, rather than assuming it’s all good or all to our detriment, or all meaningless, perhaps we can take hope that some of it is working for our survival.)

thumbnail_2_c9aaf3fc_v2And then there are the unexpectedly catalyzed movements of people suddenly springing up to challenge oppression where there’s never been opposition before!  Yeah!

Back to the horrors:  Capitalism, to my mind, should have been predicted from the very start to bring us horrors like mind control, sex slave industries, child sex slave industries, snuff films, and all the other horrors that wealthy psychopaths are willing to pay for.  Capitalism rewarded them and, organized in crime, nothing could control them, because money was made the un-challengeable bottom line, the driving force that nothing could control.  Nice theory, guys.  (Perfect example of language and perverse logic overriding the heart.)

Money-ism (Capitalism).  One day we’ll wonder that we could ever say that word without a grimace or shame.

It deserves to fall, needs to fall, and seems about to fall.  If the rulers are not engineering the great collapse, I believe it’ll crash of its own inflated overreach – or if they’re clever, they might pull out of here just before it does, and I’m sure they believe they’re clever and will try.

TV watchersMeantime, all I can do is witness and try to help others suffering with the thing I understand the best – mind control.

And pray my family on other dimensions helps me cross to another dimension where things are not as insane as they are here.

Or, maybe the Earth may one day become that place.  It seems a far more difficult task than a few conscious humans can deal with now, but I suspect we do have help in high places.

Now, some would assert that the predatory liars are necessary to our human (prey) evolution.  As prey, we will only evolve if we can raise our awareness and outwit their sly maneuvers.  That’s a challenge to rise to, isn’t it?

It’s an amazing time to be alive on Earth, as whistleblower to lies, worker against the lies, and witness as the lies are exposed, and our amazing planetary, human race story unfolds – with us as the main players.

Here we are! – at “the end of the world,” it often seems.  What role shall we play?



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Reprint: “Defy the Government, Smoke Pot, Get Rich!”

Reprinted from Liberty Briefing – certainly smarmy in tone, but on point, makes me smile:
By Jeff Siegel | Thursday, December 11th, 2014


I was always told that name-calling can destroy one’s credibility.

But I don’t care.

Andy Harris, you are a pathetic weasel!

cannabis_the_future_of_medicineIt was clear last month that Maryland representative Andy Harris was gearing up to fight the results of a vote that allowed D.C. residents the freedom to consume and grow cannabis.

It looks like he was successful.

Thanks to a congressional spending deal, the legalization of marijuana in D.C. – which voters approved back in November – will now be prohibited.

As reported in the Washington Post …

The District will be prohibited from legalizing marijuana for the much of the coming year under a spending deal reached Tuesday between top Senate Democrats and House Republicans to fund the federal government through next September.

The development — upending voter-approved Initiative 71 — shocked elected D.C. leaders, advocates for marijuana legalization and civil liberties groups who earlier in the day had grown confident that the measure would be at least partially protected while Democrats still controlled the Senate.

However, with Republicans set to take control of the chamber in January, the defeat suggested that the will of D.C. voters — who approved marijuana legalization last month by a margin of more than 2 to 1 — may be suspended indefinitely.

Interestingly, the language of the rider was almost identical to an amendment that Harris introduced this past summer.

It Just Doesn’t Matter

Following the announcement of the deal, Harris said that it would show fairly broad-based support in Congress against legalization. Which, of course, is complete bullshit. The only consensus here is that once again, the folks in congress are so caught up in partisan slave-trading that they have no time to honor the wishes and demands of the people.

Overwhelmingly, voters in DC approved the measure to legalize. They played by the rules, went through the appropriate channels and now they’re being told that none of that matters. That their votes don’t matter. That they don’t matter.

Harris also told reporters that he had no qualms about interfering. Indeed, he clearly has no qualms with denying U.S. citizens the right to peacefully medicate and recreate on their own terms.

Do no Harm

Earlier this year, Harris made the following statement …

When I became a physician, I took an oath to do no harm, and decriminalizing marijuana will harm D.C. residents, especially youth. That’s why I took steps to stop its implementation.

Yes, because clearly the war on drugs has been so effective at keeping folks safe.  Especially youth.

How many more people have to die in this war on drugs before guys like Andy Harris get it? How many more Americans have to be hauled off to jail? How much longer do we have to abide by the dictatorial wishes of bureaucratic buffoons before we realize that they do not own us?

And by the way, Harris’ actions further support the unconstitutional war on drugs. Since he did swear an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, isn’t he in violation of that oath? Wouldn’t that be grounds for dismissal?

Personal Sovereignty

Of course, it’s not just Andy Harris that continues to trivialize personal sovereignty. After all, there were plenty of other lawmakers, including a gaggle of “liberal” democrats that quietly went along with the whole thing. But I’m calling him out because he’s really just been such a dick about it. And especially because he keeps reciting that same old bullshit line about how regular recreational marijuana use impacts future economic opportunities for those who use it.


You know how many ridiculously wealthy people I know who smoke pot? Nearly all of them. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, CEOs, real estate moguls, hedge fund managers, engineers. Did I mention doctors?

And pot smoking sure as hell didn’t stop these famous folks from creating massive wealth either …

  • President Barack Obama – Net Worth: $12.2 Million
  • President George W. Bush – Net Worth: $35 Million
  • President Bill Clinton – Net Worth: $80 Million
  • Rush Limbaugh – Net Worth: $400 Million
  • Martha Stewart – Net Worth: $300 Million
  • Sarah Palin – Net Worth: $12 Million
  • Phil Jackson – Net Worth: $45 Million
  • Oprah Winfrey – Net Worth: $3 Billion
  • Hugh Hefner – Net Worth: $43 Million
  • George Soros – Net Worth: $24 Billion

Apparently, Andy Harris’ net worth comes in at about $2.8 million. Not bad. But you know what? I bet he’d be a lot richer if just smoked a little weed.


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Christ versus Christians

YeshivaAh, this issue has dogged humans for thousands of years.

Just for the record:  I try to follow Christ, but I’m not a Christian.

I have no feeling whatsoever (and didn’t, even as a young Christian and Christian minister’s wife in my 20s) for much of Christian doctrine.  I never “got,” for example, the ransom-for-our-sins business.

Rather, I believe Christ came (like other prophets) to teach people how to live without being materialistic, violent, sexist, and racist.  Now that’s a goal worthy of God – to make humans thoughtful and considerate!

Running up against the Authorities trying (as always) to herd people into Their money-spending habits and into Their money-grubbing religions was what got him killed.  He might have known it was probable or destined, but I don’t think our church-going habits of confessing “belief in him” to accept our soul-ransom by his death is what he intended.  Seems like yet more Authorities gathering souls with little soul-development but (useable) obedience.

(I could be wrong, of course, in which case I’d still rather be with people striving to be conscious than people willing to be obedient to something so tepid.)

I’m trying to live his teachings as well as I can, but I have a very hard time walking into a church (though we sang in a progressive church last year, and that was the first time in decades I agreed to even be inside a church, and then I mostly enjoyed myself and liked the people we met there).

Extra-dimensionals (and extra-terrestrials) visit our planet regularly and always have, and among those beings, many prophets have visited and taught us many important lessons about how to live.  I might have chosen any of them to follow.  I wasn’t set on choosing the prophet followed by most Americans – actually, the opposite!  I was intending to look at all the world’s religions and then choose.

But very quickly and continuing over the course of my life, I’ve had repeated experiences – to my surprise almost every time – with Christ!  Not someone who said they were Christ or Jesus, or someone who “looked like” him (as if we know), but someone whom I simply knew immediately was both Christ and someone I’ve known very well for a very long time, many lifetimes.  Someone who encouraged me that I was on the right path.

YeshivaThis picture?  I’m not attached to it.  But I like it because it busts a few stereotypes.  It’s peaceful, and even feminine.  It’s Hindu and Catholic.  It reminds me that our spiritual world is complex.  And we need to remember to seek inside.  “Pray in private,” the Teacher said.

Okay.  I will.