“Exploring the Nature of Consciousness” — Science and Nonduality (SAND) Conference, San Jose, October 2015

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The abstract system for SAND15 US is now open!

Abstracts are invited on any aspect related to science and nonduality and can include, but are not limited to: philosophy, cosmology, phenomenology, physics, mathematics, neuroscience, spiritual traditions, psychology, cultural context, altered states, the creative arts, etc. This year’s theme for SAND15 US (Oct. 21nd-25th, 2015) is “Exploring the Nature of Consciousness” – an exploration of the great mystery of existence beyond dogma and doctrine, from scientific, experiential, philosophical, phenomenological, psychological, etc. perspectives. There are a limited number of concurrent slots available for presentations that are original and innovative. The format of the presentation can be either oral or a poster (see below for description of a poster presentation).

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Science and Nonduality Conference Abstracts publication, as well as online.

Deadline for the abstract submission is April 17th.


“Your nature is the consciousness, in which the whole world wells up, like waves in the sea.”

~ Ashtavakra Gita

Consciousness is the greatest mystery ever encountered by humanity.

Mystics of all traditions have described consciousness as the ground of being in which the dance of life unfolds. Each tradition has developed different approaches and practices to explore the nature of consciousness, the paths of meditation, inquiry, prayer, art, mantras and movement…

Today the main lens through which our culture understands reality is science. For the past century science has viewed consciousness as something generated by the brain, yet there are major problems with this assumption. A new scientific paradigm is emerging which views consciousness as fundamental. Consciousness cannot be explained in terms of the existing laws of space, time, mass and energy. A new science has to be developed, a science that can accept consciousness as universal while investigating the connections between the existing laws and this new paradigm.

We might not yet have a theory of consciousness, but the process of studying it holds the key to understanding the universe, while possibly bridging the gap between the mystic’s experience and the scientific observations.

Join us to explore this great mystery of existence beyond dogma and doctrine, remembering that life is far more mysterious then we ever imagine!

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