Science and Nonduality Conference Announces Program and Speaker Lineup

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The first annual conference on Science and Nonduality will be held in San Rafael from October 21-24, 2009. The conference will bring together authorities in Western science and Eastern metaphysics to explore areas of mutual interest and inquiry around the topic of nonduality. Nonduality is the understanding that a single reality underlies everything in the universe.

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Connections between consciousness and reality have taken center stage due to similarities between Eastern spiritual practice and counter-intuitive scientific discoveries that challenge everyday views of the world. This conference will explore these connections.

The first annual conference on Science and Nonduality to be held in San Rafael October 21-24, 2009 has announced details of its program and speaker lineup. The conference will bring together authorities in Western science and Eastern metaphysics to explore areas of mutual interest and inquiry around the topic of nonduality.

Nonduality comes from the Sanskrit word advaita, the understanding that a single reality underlies everything in the universe. Long believed by Eastern philosophers to be pure consciousness, underlying reality is also a primary goal of Western quantum physicists, cosmologists, philosophers and neuroscientists seeking to unravel the mystery of the conscious mind. Such a synthesis could have profound implications for understanding reality and existence.

Featured presenters will include:

  •     Amit Goswami
  •     Stuart Hameroff
  •     Francis Lucille
  •     Daniel Pinchbeck
  •     Jeff Foster
  •     Marilyn Schlitz
  •     Henry Stapp
  •     Stephen Wolinksy
  •     Fred Alan Wolf

Topics include the quantum basis for reality, Buddhism, the neurological correlates of consciousness and healing, and whether the absolute nondual state only exists prior to the emergence of consciousness or the "I" (the conscious self).

Two days of workshops will precede the conference, including presentations by Peter Russell, Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, Daniel Pinchbeck, Stuart Hameroff and others.

In addition to formal presentations the conference will feature a nonduality-themed film series, art installations, a section to experience nondual reality through meditation, art, dance, hypnosis, and music, and various social events.

University of Arizona professor Stuart Hameroff says: "Connections between consciousness and reality have taken center stage due to similarities between Eastern spiritual practice and counter-intuitive scientific discoveries that challenge everyday views of the world. This conference will explore these connections."

The event is organized by Neti Neti Media in association with the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), the Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Marin Convention Center, San Rafael, California Thursday October 22 through Sunday October 25, 2009. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 21-22.

The official website http://www.scienceandnonduality.com contains information and program details. Attendees may register online, and discount rates are available for a limited period.

Neti Neti Media, LLC is an association of filmmakers, scientists, and philosophers committed to expanding human potential by bridging modern science and ancient traditions.

Contact:

Abi Behar Montefiore
Science and Nonduality Conference 2009
abi(at)scienceandnonduality(dot)com

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