Consciousness: Re-Defining Our Parameters with Rupert Sheldrake & David Luke
Explore the mind beyond the brain, psychedelics and parapsychology
Part of Advaya initiative’s ‘The Re-Enchantment Series:Unlocking Magic & Inspiring Action’
Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6XT
Monday 3rd December 2018, 18.30-21.00
PART OF THE 5 PART SERIES:
8th October: Dreaming the Land & Native Spirituality, with Mac Macartney & Sharon Blackie
22nd October: Sound & Sacred Geometry, with Jill Purce & Angela Voss
5th November: Secrets of the Forests: Lives Within & Beyond the Trees, with Alan Rayner, Kay Haw & Martin Bidartondo
19th November: Quantum Physics & Holistic Science, with Hardin Tibbs & Philip Franses
3rd December: Consciousness: Re-Defining Our Parameters, with Rupert Sheldrake & David Luke
THE RE-ENCHANTMENT SERIES: UNLOCKING MAGIC & INSPIRING ACTION
We’ve fallen out of love with the world. It’s clear from the way we treat it.
Every other Monday in central London from 8 October to 3 December 2018 we will be re-igniting curiosity as we explore aspects of daily life including consciousness, quantum physics, trees, holistic science, native spirituality, sacred geometry, storytelling and sound.
Mass mental illness and climate change are not inevitable. They are the result of certain narratives, behaviours and habits. Let’s shift perspectives, empower ourselves for change and co-create a future we want to be a part of.
THE MIND BEYOND THE BRAIN
Most scientists assume that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is much too limited. People can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. People's intentions can also be detected telepathically by animals from miles away, and some people can tell who is calling them before they pick up the phone. Our minds seem to extend stretch out beyond our brains through attention and intention. And they are also open to more-than-human forms of consciousness, both through spontaneous mystical experiences and through spiritual practices.
DR RUPERT SHELDRAKE is a biologist and author of more than 85 technical papers and twelve books, including Science and Spiritual Practices. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow. He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and director of studies in cell biology. From 2005-2010 he was director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge, for research on unexplained human and animal abilities. He is currently a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, near San Francisco, and also of Schumacher College, in Devon. His web site is www.sheldrake.org
CONSCIOUSNESS & PSYCHEDELICS
The traditional use of psychoactive plants and fungi for spiritual and shamanic purposes has occurred for thousands of years, whereas the Western scientific research of these substances has only been explored in the last 100 years, and prohibition stalled the last 50 years of this. Now that scientific research is resuming, what do psychedelics tell us about the stranger and more exotic side of human consciousness, and what can be learned from the traditional shamanic practices with these substances?
DR DAVID LUKE is a Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich. He joined the university in 2008, and is course coordinator for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience; and Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology on the undergraduate programme. He is also lecturer on research methods; criminology and forensic psychology; and functional neuropsychology for speech and language therapists. David's particular interest is in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published over 100 academic papers in this area, making him one of the leading researchers in this specialist area. He was President of the Parapsychological Association (2009-11), and has received an Early Career Research Excellence Award (2011) and won the faculty's Inspirational Teaching award (2016) from the University of Greenwich.