The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities
TALK: Physicist Russell Targ will describe the current scientific evidence and early spiritual antecedents of psychic abilities. During the 1970s and 80s, Stanford Research Institute(SRI) carried out investigations of our ability to experience and describe distant events blocked from ordinary perception. This intuitive capacity was named remote viewing, and the research was supported by the CIA and manyother government organizations to gather intelligence during the Cold War. Targ, co-founder of this psychic research program that was highly classified until its termination in 1995, will present a summary of the very best evidence for extrasensory perception and precognition. He also will describe the close relationship between remote viewing and the non-locality of modern physics.” This research was published in Nature, in 1974, and in the Proceedings of the IEEE, in 1976.
BIO: Russell Targ is a physicist and author who was a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications, and was co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute’s (SRI) investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. His work with SRI in what was a new area, called remote viewing, has been widely published. His most recent book is The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilitites. In 1976, Targ retired from Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Co. as a senior staff scientist.
The Revolution in Consciousness:The Global Community is Now
TALK: For three centuries, the human mind has been equated with the physical brain. This means that consciousness is annihilated with the death of the brain and body. We now know, however, that consciousness can do things that brains cannot do: it can act outside the confines of the here and now. Dr. Dossey will provide evidence that consciousness is infinite or nonlocal in space and time, and is therefore eternal, immortal, and one with all other minds. This sets the stage for a communal, planetary ethic that is crucial for our survival. This revolution in consciousness is as bright and hopeful as the conventional view is dismal, and portends a brilliant future for humanity.
BIO: Larry Dossey, MD, is an internal medicine physician, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of twelve books, which have been translated into twenty languages, on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health. His forthcoming book, in 2013, is One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. He lectures around the world.
Love restores reason, Not the other way around
TALK: Humanity is trying to evolve beyond the mechanistic, Newtonian perspective of the 20th century–past data and metrics to a more relational, even spiritual worldview. From competition to collaboration, from ambition to inspiration, from sales to service, from me to we–we’re being called to a radical change in humanity’s basic operating principle from economics to humanitarian values as our bottom line. Anything less, and the human race is in peril.
BIO: Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her ten books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four have been #1. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Other books include The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, and The Gift of Change. Her new book, THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION: On Work, Money and Miracles, was published in November 2012.
Paul E. Nugent
The missing link is in our future, not in our past
TALK: All of creation is evolving, leading us on an exponential journey of discovery. Now, we are on the verge of a quantum leap into the unknown, to become not just what we should be but what we truly are.
BIO: Born in Cambridge, England,i/a/bi/a/b Paul was brought up in the Church of England, culminating in regular worship and charitable work for the homeless at London’s famous church, St. Martin’s in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square. After completing a business degree at Bournemouth University in 1980, he embarked on a four-year study of Eastern Philosophy at London’s School of Economic Science, also spending two periods at Findhorn, the New Age spiritual community in the north of Scotland. During that time, he was introduced to the teachings of The Aetherius Society, founded in London in 1955 by Western Master of Yoga, Dr. George King. In 1986, Paul became a member of The Aetherius Society, moving to the American Headquarters in Los Angeles in 1990, soon becoming a personal assistant to Dr. King and remaining at his side until his passing in July, 1997. Since 2001, Paul has been a director of The Aetherius Society.
A New Story to Revive an Old Paradigm
TALK: The paradigm shift we need must reconnect us to our origin if we as a species are to survive—we are interdependent and interconnected with all that is. Unfortunately, the industrial revolution, the first paradigm shift in the last 600 years, gave us the technological skills for an assault upon the earth, which we now see as a source for profits. Emotionally and physically disconnected from her, we are attacking our mother, our means of sustenance. The computer-techno-IT explosion caused a further disconnection. We need a new story. We need to see the folly of waging war—against ourselves and the earth. Schools must inspire discussion and engage students in the quest. The good news is that most of our problems were created by humans, and the right kind of educationcan lead to their solutions.
BIO: Paul Cummins was the Founder and Headmaster of the Crossroads School, and Founder of PS Arts and New Visions Foundation, where he currently is the Executive Director. He was the primary Founder of New Roads School and co-founder of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, the creator of CEO (Center for Educational Opportunity) which places foster children in independent schools, and the Founder of FHF (Families Helping Families), which redirects low income families to life-changing directions. His publications include a booklet on Richard Wilbur, several articles on education, and A Postcard From Bali, which is a collection of poetry, while his poems have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry LA, Whole Notes, Wild Bamboo Press, Bad Haircut Quarterly, Wordwrights, Slant. He is the author of Dachau Song: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper, For Mortal Stakes: Solutions for Schools and Society, and Keeping Watch: Reflections On American Culture, Education and Politics. He serves on the board of trustees of the New Roads School, P.S. Arts, American Poetry Review, The Gabriela Axelrod Foundation, The Sam Francis Foundation, EXED, The Center for Innovative Education, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, and the Los Angeles Academy for Arts and Enterprise.
BIO: Craig Weiler is a prominent blogger and speaker in the psychic/parapsychology community, focused on bridging the gap between psychics, scientists and intellectuals. His recent accomplishments include coverage of the censorship of biologist Rupert Sheldrake and writer Graham Hancock as well as breaking the story of the removal of the TEDxWestHollywood license. Craig is a psychic healer, teacher and student of psi abilities and regularly gives talks and discussions on various aspects of psychic ability.
Rational Spirituality: The Leading Edge of Science?
TALK: The ongoing debate between materialism and dualism is fueled by reductionism and scientism at one extreme, versus mysticism and magical thinking at the other. However, when the more rational voices on both sides of this debate are honored, a new respect for both science and spirituality can emerge. The ideal scientists are seen as the diligent truth-seekers, doubting their own perceptions, subjecting their observations and hypotheses to rigorous peer review and potential falsification. And the ideal mystic is seen as a scientist turned inwards, delving into the subjective realms of imagination, intuition and the phenomenology of consciousness – the domain of spirituality. Some of the greatest works of science have emerged from blending subjective exploration (including dreams and visionary imagination) and rationality (including logic, skepticism and free inquiry). Truth-seeking visionaries have been unashamed to point out the shortcomings of failed paradigms while boldly pioneering new conceptual world views that form the leading edge of science. It is argued that building bridges of understanding between science and spirituality would greatly serve the betterment of the human condition. However, while the rationalists have at their disposal powerful tools of communication, including semantics, mathematics and logical reasoning, the communication of subjective states of consciousness remains problematic and non-precise, often relying on philosophy, literature, religion or the arts. Multisensory immersive media environments are introduced as powerful tools to stimulate unique and ineffable states of consciousness that do not lend themselves to the usual methods of rational discourse. It is hoped that this unique experience can evoke deeper understanding between the scientist and the mystic.
BIO: Founder and CTO, Vortex Immersion Media, Inc.; Co-Founder and Director, IMERSAEd Lantz is an entertainment technology engineer, entrepreneur, immersive experience designer, and pioneer in large- format digital cinema. He left aerospace engineering in 1990 to transform old-style planetariums into immersive visualization environments, designing over a dozen dome theaters world-wide including the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and Papalote Museo in Mexico City. His company, Vortex Immersion Media, develops themed entertainment attractions and creates immersive and interactive experiences for Fortune 500 brands including Conde Naste, EMC2, Microsoft, Nestle, NFL, Nike, Nokia and Sprint, and also operates the Vortex Dome, the first commercial immersive media production studio and events venue located in downtown Los Angeles.Ed’s focus is on the unique cognitive properties of next-generation multi-sensory media environments, the merging of virtual and real worlds, computer mediated participatory art, and brain-based approaches to learning and wellness applications. Ed holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with minor in Quantum Physics and Electromagnetics from Tennessee Tech University, has pursued metaphysics and consciousness studies since his teenage years, and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the School of Sacred Ministries in 2000.
PersonaForm and Virtual Immortality
TALK: ”PersonaForm” is the concept of a 3D, interactive, personal, human simulation construct and platform architecture, with which someone can methodically and ritualistically add/evolve their database during the course of their physical existence. A PersonaForm (avatar) is designed for human life documentation and simulation, with the goal of immortalizing one’s life-history, and it will become the next phase of human-computer evolution.
BIO: Gregory Peter Panos is an American futurist, writer, inventor, developer, consultant, educator and evangelist in the emerging field of human simulation (virtual actors), performance animation (3D digital puppeteering/motion capture), virtual theatre, Virtual Reality (VR), on-body (wearable) computing, Augmented Reality (AR), human-computer interaction and user experience design. Greg worked in film, television, and with the NYIT Computer Graphics Lab (which spawned the founders of Pixar). He created CG visualization for Space Station, built VR systems for education, created the Virtual Reality Sourcebook, and currently is developing the ” Augmented Reality Sourcebook while furthering his concepts in human simulation.
POP’S LETTER: A Result Beyond Reason
TALK: The greatest experiences we have as human beings––peace, beauty, joy, love––are heart experiences. They are feelings, not “thinkings.” The story presented here shows one man’s journey beyond reason, and the surprising outcome.
BIO: Fu-Ding Cheng is a visionary artist. His series of prize-winning films, Zen-Tales for the Urban Explorer, exploring altered states of consciousness, was shown as a special retrospective at the Hammer Museum. He did the album covers for Heart’s Dog & Butterfly and Chicago’s Live at Carnegie Hall. Since breakthrough experiences with Toltec shaman don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements), he has been leading spiritual/shamanic workshops, and producing art, films and books to help others “wake up from the dream of the planet.” In North Carolina School of the Arts, he created a ground-breaking course, Shamanic Tools for the Filmmaker. His book, Map of Desire, Blueprint for Self-Fulfillment, will be available this summer
Suzanne Taylor – MC
Since becoming a filmmaker, I have been a speaker at several conferences and have done perhaps 100 radio shows, some of them more than once. I was on camera for the pledge drive showing of my crop circle documentary, What On Earth?, on a Colorado PBS station, and have organized and hosted two series of webinars for Evolver Intensives.My home, in Los Angeles, is a gathering place for progressive activists. For years, I’ve produced events and projects about the great shift of consciousness sweeping through humanity that’s opening our minds to a bigger reality than the one in which we are so violent with one another and so destructive to the planet. I am of an old school, where graciousness and active hosting were the rule. No potlucks in my domain, where people aren’t just observers but presence themselves personally.
Josie Kelly – Zone for the New Paradigm
Having been initiated into a meditation practice in 1969, Josie has been teaching mindfulness since 1981.She will lead a guided mindful meditation that will provide a simple format for everyday use.Josie Kelly is a California Marriage Family Therapist, in private practice since 1981. She has a wholistic approach to mental health — integrating and balancing mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and psychodynamic work into a path to a whole self. She works with individuals, couples, and groups to create more refined states of presence, personal engagement, vibrancy, and joy.
Los Angeles based writer, rapper, actor, host, teacher, and award-winning spoken-word artist, IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam Champion. His one-man show has been seen at more than 60 universities. He teaches creative writing workshops in schools and prisons, and instructs UCLA Young Writers at their annual conference in Lake Arrowhead. IN-Q’s first full-length poetry CD, When Two Worlds Collide, was released to critical acclaim.IN-Q has written songs for various artists and co-wrote Selena Gomez’s hit single, Love You Like A Love Song, which went double platinum and reached #1 on the Billboard Dance charts. IN-Q penned 7 songs for Disney’s Let It Shine, the highest viewed TV Movie of 2012, and the soundtrack went #1 on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts.An accomplished stage and screen actor, IN-Q founded a monthly open mic for actors, held at The Greenway Court Theatre.
Miranda Rondeau, one of the founding members of LuvAmp Project, is a devotional singer, frame drum artist whose music is inspired by the inward journey.The frame drum is one of the oldest instruments on the planet. It has played a role in honoring the seasons of life, and was used in ancient times predominantly by women for rituals and spiritual functions.Miranda started Women Frame Drumming and created its on-line presence. She has opened for Grandmothers Agnes Baker and Aama Bombo of the 13 International Indigenous Grandmothers. She has played for Starhawk, Daniel Pinchbeck, Dead Can Dance, North American Frame Drum Festival, World Sacred Music Festival and Green Festival Los Angeles. She teaches and facilitates frame drum workshops and vocal explorations playshops.