Consciousness & Parapsychology Colloquium (CC1)
Venue: University of Florida
|Event Date/Time: Aug 02, 2003||End Date/Time: Aug 02, 2003|
Tens of surveys in different countries throughout the world indicate that 8 to 20% (10% overall estimate) of individuals report having at least one out-of-body experience in their lifetime. On December 15, 2001, the highly respected international medical journal, The Lancet, published a 13-year study of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) observed in 10 different Dutch hospitals. In one of very few NDE studies to be conducted prospectively, meaning that a large group of people experiencing cessation of their heart and/or breathing function were resuscitated during a fixed period of time, 18% of the patients reported NDEs.
The American Psychology Association recently published Varieties of Anomalous Experience, a move towards taking the more rigorous, scientific parapsychological studies more seriously. Laboratorial instrumentation clearly show the change in consciousness states (observed through brain-wave activity) induced with the help of the sound-based Hemi-Synch process, which could have important clinical applications.
This medley of consciousness-related subjects should appeal to individuals curious about more scientific studies on anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness (the interest is clearly strong with a wealth of popular paranormal thrillers, TV, radio shows; informal surveying at UF); psychology (esp. clinical and cognitive) and health industry (Shands Hospital, Center for Spirituality and Health, Brain Institute). This event has the potential to generate some of the most lively discussions this summer as it covers non-conventional but scientifically-sound research on an epistemologically-challenging, controvertial subject: "what is the consciousness (what are we)?", the age-old "hard question" of both science and spirituality.