Consciousness for the Next Generation ­Webinar Series


Consciousness for the Next Generation ­Webinar Series


The Consciousness for the Next Generation Webinar was a six month webinar series that featured presentations and Q&As from top researchers and leaders within the field of consciousness research, education, and application. 

To watch the replays of the 11 episodes, please click on the video tab above, then click on the "Get Password Here" link at the top of the page to get access to the videos!

In watching this series you will learn:

  • Exciting developments in consciousness research across disciplines
  • How to pursue a career in the fields of consciousness research and study
  • Where the study of consciousness is heading and why it matters

If you'd like to engage with this webinar series and other noetic topics in community, consider starting a local IONS community group or college consciousness club!

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July 6th at 4pm PST - Dean Radin

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). He earned an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He is author or coauthor of over 250 technical and popular articles, three dozen book chapters, and three books including the best-selling The Conscious Universe (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds(Simon & Schuster, 2006), and the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award winner, SUPERNORMAL(Random House, 2013).


Why study consciousness? Dr. Radin will discuss various ideas about what consciousness is, why it's an important topic to study, how to study it, and present an example of the kinds of research he and others are currently doing. He'll also share advice on how to work toward a career in the noetic sciences.

July 20th at 4pm PST - Helané Wahbeh

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR is a Scientist at IONS. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a naturopathic physician researcher with a Master of Clinical Research. Dr. Wahbeh has published on posttraumatic stress disorder, stress hormones, physiological outcomes, mind-body medicine applications in neurology, immune outcomes in mind-body medicine, and the use of objective adherence in mind-body medicine studies.


Curious about meditation research? Ever wonder how you yourself could become a meditation researcher? Dr. Helané Wahbeh will share about her experience as a meditation researcher. She will describe where the field has been, where it is now, and where it is going- particularly areas of meditation research that are wide open and waiting for new researchers to study.

August 3rd at 4pm PST - Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Vieten, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been with IONS since 2001, previously serving as its Executive Director of Research.


Every so often, we encounter moments in life that are so potent and full of potential, that they fundamentally shift our beliefs, motives, priorities, and relationships. They transform our consciousness, allowing us to be more open, balanced, and aligned with our true values. Join Cassandra as she discusses over a decade of scientific research on transformational experiences; how they happen, why, their impact on our consciousness, and how to use those experiences to continually enhance our lives.

August 17th at 4pm PST   - Arnaud Delorme

Arnaud Delorme, PhD, is a CNRS principal investigator in Toulouse, France, a faculty at the University of San Diego California, and a consulting research scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is a long term Zen meditator, and has taught in India on the neural correlates of conscious experience in a Master's degree program for the Birla Institute of Technology. Starting in 2002, he started to look at brain dynamical changes underlying extra-ordinary states of consciousness including meditation, psycho-active agents, and mediumship.



September 7th at 4pm PST - Julia Mossbridge

Dr. Mossbridge is a Visiting Scholar in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University as well as a Scientist at IONS and the Director of the IONS Innovation Lab. She is best known for her work on presentiment. Her research interests are: time and the unconscious mind, intuition, dreaming, soundscape influence on mood, and models of transformation and transcendence. Dr. Mossbridge received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Neuroscience is from UCSF, and her B.A. with highest honors in neuroscience from Oberlin College.


How time passes, our sense of duration and the order of events, is subjective and essentially non-physical. In this talk, Julia will offer a brief outline of time perception, then move into a discussion of the features of a theory of consciousness based on the idea that time is not separable from conscious awareness. She will also describe a proposed relationship between nonconscious and conscious processing, based on these ideas of the centrality of time.

September 21st at 4pm PST - Kathleen Noble

Dr. Kathleen Noble is Professor of Consciousness in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). She is also a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist with more than 20 years of practice focusing on the development of resilience and psycho-spiritual well-being. Her current research focuses on the transformative effects of studying consciousness from a transdisciplinary and integral perspective. She has been a UW faculty member since 1990, and while at the Bothell campus has created and directs the Minor in Consciousness, the first of its kind at a public research university.

After many years struggling to make the study of Consciousness a reality at the University of Washington, in 2014 Kate was finally able to create and launch a transdisciplinary and integral Minor in Consciousness at the University of Washington Bothell campus. In this webinar, she will discuss the rationale for and content of the five courses that she teaches annually, as well as her current research that documents the profound transformative effects that studying Consciousness from this perspective has on students' lives. Because teaching and learning about Consciousness at a mainstream, public research university continues to be highly controversial, she will also discuss strategies for promoting this work and the critical importance of student engagement in creating and expanding academic opportunities.

October 5th at 4 pm PST - Katia Petersen

Dr. Petersen is an author and recognized training expert in school improvement strategies and the integration of social-emotional and academic learning. Her work includes leadership and staff coaching, student and teacher support, as well as parent engagement and community involvement. She has delivered professional development in schools nationwide and to date, Dr. Petersen has trained over 65,000 educators and thousands of parents to enhance school success. Katia’s work focuses on systems change, collaborative processing of organizational needs, creative planning, conflict resolution and mediation. A skilled dialogue practitioner, Katia draws upon a wide range of emergent processes that support effective group work.


Practical Applications of Consciousness in Education


October 19th at 4 pm PST - Mikey Siegel

Mikey Siegel is a robotics engineer turned consciousness hacker.  He envisions a present and future where technology supports psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing.  Where our devices not only connect us to information, but also connect us to ourselves and each other, acting as a catalyst for individual and collective awakening.  He is currently founder of BioFluent Technologies, Consciousness Hacking, and the Transformative Technology Conference.  He received an MS in robotics from the MIT Media Lab.


What is technology? Is it not a form of human expression, woven into our vast cultural landscape, along with what we call art, science, politics, religion and spirituality? With the right intention and skill, can technology support individual and collective awakening? Is this already happening? What would this look like? How might our beliefs about, and relationship to technology need to change for it to be truly in service to the evolution of our human experience?

November 2nd at 4pm PST Rescheduled for November 30 at 4pm PST- Shamini Jain

Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist and social entrepreneur. Dr. Jain is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, where she is also Chair of the Center for Integrative Medicine’s Research Committee. She is also the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, a collaborative accelerator of scientists, practitioners, educators, innovators, and artists to facilitate the science and practice of consciousness and healing.


How does consciousness facilitate physical as well as mental, emotional and spiritual healing? Such understandings can help us create the paradigm shifts so desperately needed in science and medicine. Drawing from diverse and evolving disciplines including East Indian philosophy, biofield science, placebo and psycho-neuroimmunology, join Dr. Jain as she discusses current scientific understandings of the role of consciousness in healing.

November 16th at 4pm PST - Larry Norris

Larry Norris is the founder and executive director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education), a group dedicated to the development of entheogenic research and integration models ( ERIE brings diverse entheogenic speakers, practitioners, and researchers to share their wisdom with the San Francisco/Bay Area community. As an adjunct faculty at CIIS, Larry taught a course called Entheogenic Education: Contemporary Perspectives on Ancient Plant Wisdom in order to discuss the concept of entheogens as educational teachers and cognitive tools. A dedicated activist and a proponent of cognitive liberty, his efforts are a contribution to not only change the Western legal status of these sacred plants, brews, and compounds, but to also emphasize the importance of entheogenic integration.


A new psychedelic spring is blooming, and the taboo of psychedelic and entheogenic studies is beginning to lift. However, housed within a reductionist-materialist worldview, current research strategies tend toward medicalization or productivity enhancement. Are these really the most beneficial uses of entheogens; or are they byproducts pointing to a more profound transformation? In this presentation, Larry discusses the organization ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education), whose aim is to explore the importance of integration and education around these transformative experiences, and to engage the wonder and awe inherent in the insights. Through community support and sharing, the cognitive dissonance associated with profound experiences can be held in a nurturing way to enhance personal growth and expression. 

December 7th at 4pm PST - Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson is Director of the IONS-sponsored Global Consciousness Project (GCP), an international collaboration of scientists, artists, and citizens interested in the extraordinary aspects of human consciousness. He also coordinates research in the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory at Princeton University. Nelson's professional training is in experimental psychology and psychophysiology, supplemented by a background in physics, statistical methods, engineering, sculpture, electronic music, and multi-media production. He is a student of "alternate psychologies" which represent a wide range of transpersonal and non-western approaches to the understanding of consciousness. He feels that an inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach combining scientific, aesthetic, and spiritual perspectives is essential if we are to come to terms with consciousness as it exists and operates in the physical world.


The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration. Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations in a network of random number generators (RNG) that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts. In an experiment running for the past 18 years, we have found that when a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, our network of RNGs  becomes subtly structured -- we find correlations between pairs of truly random sources separated by thousands of kilometers. The effects are tiny, but highly significant, with trillion to one odds against chance, cumulatively. Subtle but real effects of consciousness are important scientifically, but their real power is more immediate. They encourage us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.

Course Syllabus




Wed July 6

4pm PST

Psi Research and Current Applications w/ Dean Radin PhD

Wed July 20

4pm PST

The Ins and Outs of Meditation Research w/ Helane Wahbeh PhD

Wed Aug 3

4pm PST

The Study of Consciousness and Shifting the Paradigm w/ Cassandra Vieten PhD

Wed Aug 17

4pm PST

Meditation Research (How-to)  w/ Arnaud Delorme PhD

Wed Sep 7

4pm PST

Time Perception and Precognition w/ Julia Mossbridge PhD

Wed Sep 21

4pm PST

Setting Science Free on College Campuses w/ Kate Noble PhD

Wed Oct 5

4pm PST

Practical Applications of Consciousness in Education w/ Katia Petersen PhD

Wed Oct 19

4pm PST

Technology and Science of Consciousness w/ Mikey Siegel

Wed Nov 2

4pm PST

Consciousness and Healing: Biofields w/ Shamini Jain PhD

Wed Nov 16

4pm PST

Consciousness and Entheogenic Research w/ Larry Norris, MA

Wed Nov 30

4pm PST

Consciousness and Healing: Biofields w/ Shamini Jain PhD

Wed Dec 7

4pm PST

Collective Consciousness w/ Roger Nelson


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How to Become a Meditation Researcher

Helané Wahbeh


The Study of Consciousness and Shifting the Paradigm
Cassandra Vieten - August 3, 2016


Meditation Research How-to
Arnaud Delorme, PhD - August 17, 2016


Time Perception and Precognition
Julia Mossbridge, PhD - September 7, 2016

Setting Science Free on College Campuses
Kate Noble, PhD - September 21, 2016

Practical Applications of Consciousness in Education
Katia Petersen, PhD - October 5, 2016

Technology and Science of Consciousness
Mikey Siegel - October 19, 2016

Consciousness and Entheogenic Research
Larry Norris, MA - November 16, 2016

Consciousness and Healing: Biofields
Shamini Jain PhD - November 30, 2016

Collective Consciousness
Roger Nelson, PhD - December 7, 2016