Monday, August 25, 2014

PODCAST: interview on CRS NDE Radio Show with IAC's Nelson Abreu on OBE, NDE and reincarnation

Nelson Abreu is the vice-director of Research and Scientific Communication at the non-profit International Academy of Consciousness. You can listen to his interview on out-of-body experience, near-death experience, past lives and other related topics for CRS NDE Radio Show, streaming free on the program's website.

IAC president Luis Minero, author of Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience, has been a guest on this show as well.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wall Street Journal on Positive Correlates of Lucid Dreaming

In a previous post, we mused about what "conventional society" might find appealing about OBE's, Lucid Dreaming, Subtle Energy and other consciential phenomena (Beyond Evidence: 'Killer Apps' of Projectiology

The Wall Street Journal published an article recently on positive traits that seem to correlate with individuals who are more lucid during their sleep. This type of study may encourage more to develop lucid dreaming and lucid projectability. 

More than evidence that these phenomena are often veridical and may reject the materialistic paradigm, it could be the case that demonstrating secondary benefits of the OBE and allied abilities may be the best way to raise interest in the field to a wider audience. 

Nelson Abreu
IAC California

What is the difference between Lucid Dreams and Out-of-Body Experiences?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Does God Exist? - Question from student in San Diego, CA (Ask IAC series)

Conscientiology (consciousness science) has the potential to refute materialism by demonstrating, for instance, the survival of biological death or pre-birth experiences. It has been unable to, however, answer questions such as "is there a Creator? When and how was Reality and consciousness created - if they were created at all?" The majority opinion among IAC academics, inspired by accounts of oneness-with-the-universe or cosmoconsciousness (the closest thing to a sense of god that we know of),  is that consciousness has always existed and was never created; as such there may be no creation nor a creator as such (certainly not the cartoonish, popular image of a bearded old man); similarly there may be no end - evolution may be infinite like the theoretical number line. 

Time and space do not appear to be absolute concepts. However, we are perfectly content to admit that, scientifically and experientially speaking, we do not know of a way to be quite certain. We defend an individual's right to have his or her own beliefs without experiencing or inflicting discrimination and oppression. In other words, we must protect freedom of conscience and action, just as long as one's actions do not curb the liberty and well-being of others. In the meanwhile, we have plenty to investigate and develop in the here and now through science and personal exploration. 

Cosmoconsciousness Lab
IAC Campus (Portugal)


Cosmoconsciousness & Mental Body

Nelson Abreu
IAC California

Energetic and Intellectual Self-Defense

IAC students are very familiar with the idea of mastering subtle energy techniques to achieve, among other benefits, a sort of energy self-defense, in the sense that one can isolate oneself from undesirable external thoughts or feelings transmitted through biofields. We've discussed this topic before in the blog. Several of our courses address the subject, for instance, the CDP, the Bioenergy Decathlon, and the Bioenergy Workout

 Fig. 1 - Illustration of the VELO Technique

 Fig. 2 - Vibrational State illustration

The renown linguist and critic Noam Chomsky famously stated that citizens of democratic societies ought to take courses on "intellectual self-defense" to prevent being victims of conscious and sub-conscious manipulation by elites and even themselves. While his work is highlypoliticized and IAC, as a non-partisan organization, does not endorse all of his views, his admonition contains some sound advice for consciousness science and self-knowledge: critical thinking is fundamental to maintain the scientificity and democracy of any field and to prevent hetero- and self-deception, whether conscious or otherwise, in the pursuit for cutting-edge, relative truth. Chomsky posits that without critical, omni-questioning citizens, we get only a semblance of democracy. It could be said that without intellectual self-defense, unchallenged logical fallacies can lead to a semblance of true science. The following article mentions 10 tips:

Omni-Questioning: on respectfully doubting everything and everyone

The IAC and the ICC conference seek to promote omini-questioning and healthy debate and intellectual diversity in the field of consciousness studies. When certain ideas or individuals become beyond questioning, science and reason begin to lose ground.

The problem with the wise is they are so filled with doubts while the dull are so certain.
- Bertrand Russell

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
– Voltaire

Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
- Euripides

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein
Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.
- Albert Pike

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
- Werner Heisenberg

"Don't blindly believe what I say. Don't believe me because others convince you of my words.

Don't believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts.

Don't rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don't infer or be deceived by appearances.

Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion.

Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good."

- Siddhartha Gautama

IAC: Consciousness science beyond belief and materialism

IAC seeks to make advancements in consciousness science beyond the confines of materialism, without abandoning the scientific method and rigor and reason.
Some classic quotes on the scientific method:
"Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained."
- Richard Feynman

There can be no ultimate statements science: there can be no statements in science which can not be tested, and therefore none which cannot in principle be refuted, by falsifying some of the conclusions which can be deduced from them.
- Karl Popper

The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn’t know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty damn sure of what the result is going to be, he is still in some doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress, we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain. Now, we scientists are used to this, and we take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure, that it is possible to live and not know. But I don’t know whether everyone realizes this is true. Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.
- Richard P. Feynman


ICC'15 conference announced in THE EXPLORER (SSE)

The call for papers for the International Congress of Conscientiology (Consciousness Science) - ICC was published in THE EXPLORER, newsletter of the Society for Scientific Exploration, the premier academic society for controversial sciences. SSE Europe is in November in the Netherlands. The ICC is in May in Portugal. 

Oldest medical account of NDE

The oldest medical description of a near-death experience publically known to date comes from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found.

There are older NDE accounts, as described in this essay.

Cover of the book "Anecdotes de Médecine," by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux (1733-1766)CREDIT:

Is the OBE scientifically proven? ASK IAC: Question from a Los Angelesstudent

We have addressed a similar question before in this blog, with a three-part series. The following reflection is a great compliment as well:

'The very expression “scientifically proven” is a contradiction in terms. There’s nothing that is scientifically proven. The core of science is the deep awareness that we have wrong ideas, we have prejudices. We have ingrained prejudices. In our conceptual structure for grasping reality, there might be something not appropriate, something we may have to revise to understand better. So at any moment we have a vision of reality that is effective, it’s good, it’s the best we have found so far. It’s the most credible we have found so far; it’s mostly correct.'"

Science as a Way of Thinking

"Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking. This is central to its success. Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions. It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses in our heads and see which ones best match the facts. It urges on us a fine balance between no-holds-barred openness to new ideas, however heretical, and the most rigorous skeptical scrutiny of everything — new ideas and established wisdom. We need wide appreciation of this kind of thinking. It works. It’s an essential tool for a democracy in an age of change. Our task is not just to train more scientists but also to deepen public understanding of science."

- Carl Sagan
"Why We Need To Understand Science" in
The Skeptical Inquirer Vol. 14, Issue 3 (Spring 1990)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PODCAST: Luis Minero (author of Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience) talks to author of "We don't Die"

Luis Minero (author of Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience) talks to author of "We don't Die" Sandra Champlain. You can listen to this interesting discussion for free on itunes, along with other interviews by Champlain on experiential and experimental evidence of the survival of biological death.