Join us to celebrate 50 years of leading edge of consciousness research, and discover new directions for the next decades. During this free event in our special series honoring our 50th anniversary, we’ll hear from the IONS science team, including Helané Wahbeh, Dean Radin, Arnaud Delorme, Garret Yount, and Cedric Cannard who are leading research in the areas of non-local consciousness, channeling, exceptional healing, psychic phenomena, survival of consciousness, and more. Board Chair and Interim CEO Claudia Welss will provide context for IONS at 50 and beyond.
We’ll explore the areas of creativity and psychedelic studies, UAPs, conscious AI, and more with IONS science advisors, board members and special guests.
Carrying on the legacy of IONS founder Dr. Edgar Mitchell, whose original mission was to expand knowledge of the nature and potentials of the mind and apply that knowledge to human and planetary advancement, IONS continues to publish highly cited, peer-reviewed findings demonstrating the fundamental nature of consciousness and deliver transformational programs backed by the latest science. Last year our white paper ‘What If Consciousness Is Not An Emergent Property of the Brain? Observational and Empirical Challenges to Materialistic Models,’ rose to the 98th percentile of downloads on the Frontiers In Psychology website.
We are living in unprecedented times. As we continue to push the boundaries of scientific understanding of what it means, or could mean, to be human, we invite you to join us as we celebrate where we’ve been and explore where we’re going over the next 50 years.
On The Leading Edge: IONS at 50 and Beyond
Friday, November 17
11:00am – 2:00pm PDT
All registrants will receive a link to the recording. Please register even if you can’t attend live.
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).
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.
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.
Arnaud Delorme, PhD, is a CNRS Research Director in Toulouse, France, and a senior Research Scientist 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.
Garret Yount, PhD, is a Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Dr. Yount’s primary interest is bridging molecular neurobiology with aspects of consciousness and extended human capacities. He began his formal studies in consciousness research with a small grant from the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1995, which allowed him to work with biofield practitioners and spiritual healers in the laboratory. Dr. Yount was among the first scientists to be awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health to study energy healing. He has spoken nationally and co-authored peer-reviewed papers on the topic of establishing rigorous guidelines for research into biofields and micro-psychokinesis. He is the author of Why Vibes Matter: Understand Your Energy and Learn How to Use it Wisely.
Cédric Cannard, PhD, completed a Bachelors in sport science and a MSc in neuroscience during which he worked brain atrophies (MRI) associated with Schizophrenia with the ISTCT laboratory in Caen, France, and then on brain oscillations (EEG) involved in color vision processing with the CerCo Laboratory in Toulouse, France. He then moved to California to become a research assistant for the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), and in December 2018 received a 3-year grant to work on his PhD in neuroscience under the co-supervision of Drs. Helané Wahbeh (IONS) and Arnaud Delorme (CerCo, France), focusing on well-being, EEG methods, wearable neurotechnologies, consciousness, and psi. In early 2022, Cédric successfully earned his PhD from Paul Sabatier University, CNRS, France, and joined the IONS Science team full-time as a Senior Research Associate.
Stacey Lawson is IONS Board Secretary, an entrepreneur, business executive, political leader and author. She is dedicated furthering the principles of social enterprise, sustainability and awakened leadership within our business, financial and political institutions. Stacey is Vice Chairman of Ygrene Energy Fund, an innovative clean energy finance company, where she brings 24 years of experience in the areas of finance, clean energy, technology and manufacturing. Prior to joining Ygrene, Stacey was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 2nd congressional district where she advocated for property assessed clean energy (PACE) and other leading economic, environmental and social justice initiatives, as well as authored “Making More in America: How Restoring America’s Manufacturing Strength Can Help Rebuild Our Middle Class.” Previously, Stacey co-founded the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, where she was an Industry Fellow, board member, and active advisor to new ventures. Stacey has held senior executive positions at Seibel Systems and Parametric Technology where she built and grew new businesses to scale, and co-founded InPart Design which was acquired by PTC. Stacey is an active board member of IONS, Ygrene, Catalog Data Solutions, Tripura Foundation, and the California Technology Council (CTC). Stacey holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Mark Gober is an IONS Board Member, a Partner at Sherpa Technology Group in Silicon Valley, a former New York investment banker with UBS, and former Princeton University tennis team captain. He is the author of An End to Upside Down Thinking and host of the Where Is My Mind? podcast. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a major in Psychology and wrote his thesis on Prospect Theory, a Nobel Prize-winning theory in the field of behavioral economics. He was also a Division-1 athlete all four years at Princeton, serving as captain of Princeton’s Men’s Varsity Tennis Team.
Àlex Gómez-Marin, PhD, is a recipient of the first annual Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics, master’s degree in biophysics, and Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Barcelona. He conducted postdoctoral research at the EMBL-CRG Center for Genomic Regulation and the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. Since 2016, he has been the director of the Organism Behavior Laboratory at the Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the director of the Pari Center in Tuscany, Italy. His work encompasses the microscopic origins of the arrow of time, animal neuroethology in different species, and artificial intelligence applied to human stupidity. His current research focuses on the scientific study of consciousness in the real world.
Bruce Damer, PhD, is the Chief Scientist at the BIOTA Institute (www.biota.org) and Associate Researcher, UC Santa Cruz Department of Biomolecular Engineering. An astrobiologist, he co-developed a novel scenario for the origin of life, advises NASA on where life might begin in the universe, and offers new views of life’s deep nature and future. Inspired by Edgar Mitchell’s proposal for a universal, interconnected “field,” he applies ground-up insights from prebiotic chemical and energetic systems as explanatory bases for biosystems up to and including conscious experience.
Jo’el Adifon is a conjure priest-clown, neo-griot, and blerd. His high jinks involve the company of spirits like Joyboy, High John, and Fra Binidittu.
Drawing from his Italian origins and West African roots, Jo’el blends his extensive and eclectic studies (including a Columbia University MA in Clinical Psychology) with lifelong immersion in the supernatural.
The 2021 winner of the IONS Consciousness in Action Award, Jo’el boldly explores the childlike fusion of real magic and performance art, the suspension of disbelief, the alignment of Grace and Luck, and the proximal power to make things real.
Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, MBA, MA is an acclaimed social scientist, award-winning author, and master teacher. She is CEO/President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at IONS. Marilyn 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 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.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego, and Senior Fellow at IONS where she worked for 18 years in successive roles as Scientist, Director of Research, CEO, and President from 2013-2019. She is a psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author of numerous articles in scientific journals, and an internationally recognized keynote speaker.
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11:05 AM Presentation by Claudia Welss, IONS Interim CEO and Board Chair
11:30 AM Presentation by New IONS President
11:45 AM Legacy video featuring Edgar Mitchell and Willis Harman with remarks by Fellow Marilyn Schlitz
11:53 AM Presentation by 2023 Linda G. O’Bryant Prize winner Alex Gomez-Marin
12:05 PM Presentation by Helané Wahbeh on The 2024 Linda G. O’Bryant Prize
12:10 PM Remarks from IONS Board Member, Linda G. O’Bryant
12:19 PM Experiential Exercise led by Jo’el Adifon
12:34 PM Panel Discussion with Dr. Cédric Cannard, Dr. Dean Radin, Dr. Helané Wahbeh, Dr. Arnaud Delorme and Dr. Garret Yount
1:14 PM Remarks by IONS Past President Dr. Cassandra Vieten
1:17 PM Panel Discussion with Dr. Bruce Damer, Dr. Philippe Golin, Stacey Lawson and Mark Gober