Science and Consciousness: Exploring Beyond the Brain

June 24, 2023 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (PDT)

Have you ever wondered where consciousness comes from? Is it solely dependent on brain activity or does it extend beyond the physical brain and body in both space and time? Join us for a special event featuring leading scientists and practitioners who will engage in thought-provoking discussions about the science of consciousness and the latest developments in this field. 

During this free special event, we will be awarding the inaugural Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize to an individual or team whose research helps extend the science of consciousness beyond the confines of the materialistic paradigm. This prize recognizes those who are pushing the boundaries of what we know about consciousness and driving the field forward. 

Various models of consciousness, including non-local consciousness theories, will also be explored. These models propose that consciousness is fundamental and non-local, and could potentially explain exceptional human experiences that cannot be accounted for by traditional materialist models of consciousness.

Whether you’re a scientist, practitioner, or simply curious about the mysteries of consciousness, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Join us for this exciting event and engage with some leading thinkers in the field. Register now to reserve your spot!

Science and Consciousness: Exploring Beyond the Brain
Saturday, June 24th
11:00am – 2:00pm PDT

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Please register even if you can’t attend live and you’ll receive an email with a link to the recording.


Dean Radin, MS, PhD

Dean Radin, MS, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Associated Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. 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. Dr. Radin is author or coauthor of hundreds of technical articles, some 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, four dozen book chapters, and four best-selling, popular books. He has given over 600 invited presentations and interviews for government, military, business, scientific, and other groups around the world.

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR, is the Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Wahbeh is clinically trained as a naturopathic physician and research trained with a Master of Clinical Research and two post-doctoral research fellowships. She has published on and spoken internationally about her studies on complementary and alternative medicine, mind-body medicine, extended human capacities, stress, posttraumatic stress disorder and their relationships to physiology, health, and healing. Dr. Wahbeh is especially known for her research around — and noetic approach to — channeling.

Arnaud Delorme, PhD

Arnaud Delorme, PhD, is a CNRS principal investigator in Toulouse, France, a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, and a Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is a long-time 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. He is the author of some 160+ peer-reviewed publications, and is best known for developing the EEG software that is now the most-used in EEG research worldwide.

Claudia Welss is IONS Board Chairman and Interim CEO. Her work with IONS began in the 90s when IONS President Willis Harman invited her to join a five-year inquiry on peace building while she was at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s on the boards of Space for Humanity (“To Space, For Earth”), HeartMath’s Global Coherence Initiative, and is lead citizen scientist for the Global Consciousness Project 2.0.  Claudia is founding chair of a working group at NEXUS Global, bringing practical consciousness research to nextgen philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and activists focused on global transformation.  An executive producer of the award-winning Edgar Mitchell Overview Effect Virtual Reality Experience (EMVRX), she’s co-investigator with Cassi Vieten (UC San Diego) studying shifts in perception and psychophysiology in response to EMVRX. Claudia convenes the IONS Overview Effect and Collective Consciousness webinar series and is contributing author to the Gold Nautilus award-winning Our Moment of Choice (Simon & Schuster).

Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, MBA, MA is an acclaimed social scientist, award-winning author, and master teacher. She has conducted clinical, laboratory and field-based research into consciousness, transformation, and healing. Her books include Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (with Cassandra Vieten and Tina Amorok): Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine (with Tina Amorok and Marc Micozzi); and Death Makes Life Possible (and companion film by same title, with Deepak Chopra). Marilyn has taught at Stanford, Harvard, and Trinity Universities and is currently Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University. She is also CEO/President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Schlitz has published hundreds of articles in scholarly journals and popular publications, and has lectured extensively in diverse venues, including the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, Commonwealth Club, and community groups across the world.

Luisah Teish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha Tradition of the African
diaspora, and is internationally known for her storytelling, teaching, and spiritual
guidance services. She is the author of “Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals,” a women’s spirituality classic (1985) that has been translated into German, Dutch, and Spanish. Her latest work, A Calabash of Cowries: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times” (Feb. 2023.), is an Amazon Books best seller. This book renders Universal archetypes and Ecological reality comprehendible through interpretations of the stories found in the myth and folklore of the African diaspora. It also provides exercises and rituals for personal integration and communal activism. It stands at the intersection of Science and Spirituality. She has contributed to 45 anthologies, and her poetry and prayers have been published in seven indigenous languages. She is a featured storyteller in the film “Changing of the Gods.” She can be reached here.

Bruce Damer, PhD, is Canadian-American multidisciplinary scientist, innovative designer, and speaker. Dr. Damer has spent two decades developing testable geochemical hypotheses for how life originated on the Earth and where it might be found in the universe. He has also collaborated with NASA and others on innovative spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for the expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. His research informs a deep curiosity and active work into research directions on consciousness, artificial intelligence, nonlocal connectivity and information in nature, and sources of highly creative mental states in humans. He serves as co-founder and chief scientist of the BIOTA Institute, research associate at UC Santa Cruz, and has directed or served on the boards of a number of nonprofits, technology companies and on the editorial teams of several leading scientific journals. Lastly, he curates the archives and history of psychedelic pioneers such as Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna using this historical foundation to develop novel protocols for the use of psychoactive compounds and endogenous cognitive states in both psychology and innovation.

Roger NelsonRoger Nelson, PhD, is Director of the Global Consciousness Project (GCP). He studied physics at the University of Rochester, and experimental psychology at New York University and Columbia. He is the author or co-author of 75 technical papers and two books, Der Welt-Geist: wie wir all miteinander verbunden sind (German) with Georg Kindel, and Connected: the Emergence of Global Consciousness. He was Professor of Psychology at Johnson State College in northern Vermont, and in 1980 joined the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab to coordinate research. His focus is on mental interactions, anomalous information transfer, and effects on physical systems by individuals and groups. He created the GCP in 1997, building a world-spanning random number generator network designed to gather evidence of coalescing global consciousness. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California. He is married to Reinhilde (Lefty) Luedtke and has one son, Greg. He lives in Princeton, NJ, USA.

Peter Bancel, PhD, holds a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Following a post-doc at IBM Research, he moved to France to work with the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in Paris and Nantes. His research interests have included quasicrystals, phase transitions in two-dimensional systems and protein crystal growth. Peter began working in psi research shortly after the US terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he joined a small group looking at data from the Global Consciousness Project. His decades-long investigation led to a definitive assessment of the GCP, one of psi research’s largest databases. He has published work on state-induction approaches to improving psi effect sizes, theoretical assessments of meta-analyses in psi databases and experiments with meditator cohorts on precognition. An ongoing experiment probes the interaction of psi and entanglement in quantum systems. Peter works at the Institut Métapsychique International in Paris, France.

Jonathan Schooler, PhDJonathan Schooler, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and Director of UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential. His research explores the nature of consciousness.  With over 250 publications, he is routinely the recipient of the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher Award.


Theresa Cheung has been researching and writing about spirituality, dreams and the paranormal for the past twenty-five years. She has a degree from Kings College, Cambridge University in Theology and English and several international bestselling books, including two Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers to her credit. Her Dream Dictionary from A to Z (Harper Collins) is regarded as a classic in its field. Her spiritual books have been translated into over 40 languages. She has numerous features published online and in leading newspapers and magazines and is fast becoming known as the celebrity dream decoder. She was also listed on the Watkins 100 most spiritually influential living people for 2023. Her latest title, Empower Your Inner Psychic, reached number 15 on all books – fiction and non-fiction – on Amazon.

Jude Currivan, PhD, is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, and author. She was previously one of the most senior businesswomen in the UK, a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and in 2017 co-founded WholeWorld-View, seeking to empower the understanding, experiencing, and embodying of unitive awareness to serve collective and planetary healing and conscious evolution.

She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood, worked with the wisdom keepers of many traditions, and has a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies and a Master’s Degree in Physics from Oxford University, specializing in cosmology and quantum physics. She is an International best-selling and award-winning author of seven nonfiction books,  latterly The Cosmic Hologram: Information at the Center of Creation (2017) and The Story of GAIA: The Big Breath and Evolutionary Journey of our Conscious Planet (2022). For more information, visit,, and

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11:00 AM Opening Remarks by Andrea Livingston, Host, and Claudia Welss, IONS Interim CEO and Board Chair

11:15 AM Presentation by Dr. Dean Radin, IONS Chief Scientist, on Non-Local Models of Consciousness

11:27 AM Panel Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Schooler, Dr. Jude Currivan, and Theresa Cheung moderated by Dr. Dean Radin

11:58 AM Experiential Exercise led by Luisah Teish

12:09 PM Presentation by Dr. Arnaud Delorme, IONS Scientist, on The Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize winner selection process

12:16 PM Remarks from IONS Board Member, Linda G. O’Bryant

12:22 PM Announcement of The Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize Winner by Dr. Helané Wahbeh, IONS Director of Research

12:25 PM The Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize Winner Presentation

1:27 PM Panel Discussion with Dr. Bruce Damer, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, Dr. Peter Bancel, and Dr. Roger Nelson moderated by Dr. Helané Wahbeh

1:57 PM Closing Remarks by Claudia Welss, IONS Interim CEO and Board Chair




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