Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, is a professor and the chair of the transpersonal psychology doctorate program at Sofia University. She is also president emeritus and a senior fellow of IONS, as well as a senior scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center and a board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr.... [Read more]
The Emergence of Post-Materialist Science
Modern science is based on a metaphysical assumption that reality can be proven through the accumulation of empirical evidence grounded in objective replications by independent investigators. This assumption has led to important advances in our understanding of the natural world. At the same time, it has proved inadequate to fully address the transpersonal dimensions of human nature. There is increasing awareness that the very foundations of science—replication, elimination of experimenter bias, true controls—are being challenged. For example, some studies indicate that the intentions and expectations of scientists may influence the outcome of their studies, even under well-controlled scientific conditions. In this presentation, we’ll explore the emergence of a new post-materialist science, which incorporates mind and spirit in our understanding of reality.