Posted by: adbhutam | August 31, 2009

Advaita and Science – VIII . First Annual Conference on Science &Nonduality

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By Thomas Herold in Learning on July 10th, 2009 / No Comments

The first annual conference on Science and Nonduality to be held in San Rafael October 21-24, 2009 has announced details of its speaker lineup. The conference will bring together authorities in Western science and Eastern metaphysics to explore areas of mutual interest and inquiry around the topic of nonduality. An outstanding program is taking shape.

The Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference will be joining the Science and Nonduality Conference and will be offering CEUs. Over the course of 5 days there will be 13 Pre-Conference Workshops, 20 Plenary Speakers, Poster Sessions and over 40 concurrent sessions including presentations by many recognized experts.

In addition to formal presentations the conference will feature a nonduality-themed film series, art installations, a section to experience nondual reality through meditation, art, dance, hypnosis, and music, and various social events.

Two days of workshops will precede the conference, including presentations by Peter Russell, Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, Daniel Pinchbeck, Stuart Hameroff, Henry Stapp, Bernard Baars, Stephen Wolinsky and others.

Nonduality comes from the Sanskrit word advaita, the understanding that a single reality underlies everything in the universe. Long believed by Eastern philosophers to be pure consciousness, underlying reality is also a primary goal of Western quantum physicists, cosmologists, philosophers and neuroscientists seeking to unravel the mystery of the conscious mind. Such a synthesis could have profound implications for understanding reality and existence.

Dualisms shape our worldview. They include Mind/Matter, Self/Other, Perception/Reality, Quantum/Classical, Wave/Particle, Spiritual/Material, Beginning/End, Male/Female, Living/Dead and Good/Evil. Wisdom gained through meditation, yoga and mystical experiences suggest these dichotomies are illusory.

Eastern mystics know a single underlying reality called advaita, Brahman, the Tao, or Nirvana, from which all existence arises through consciousness. Nonduality is the philosophical and spiritual understanding that dualisms obscure a deeper reality of non-separation and fundamental oneness.

On the other hand, science depends on empirical data leading to reductionism, materialism and apparent dichotomies. But discoveries in quantum physics, brain sciences, consciousness studies, biology, cosmology, psychology and other fields have revealed nonduality in science as well, suggesting mysticism and science share a common ground.

Applying nondual perspectives in science, and scientific perspectives in Eastern spiritual approaches are the twin goals of the first public conference on Science and Nonduality to be held in San Rafael

Topics include the quantum basis for reality, Buddhism, the neurological correlates of consciousness and healing, and whether the absolute nondual state only exists prior to the emergence of consciousness or the I – (the conscious self).

In addition to formal presentations the conference will feature a nonduality-themed film series, art installations, a section to experience nondual reality through meditation, art, dance, hypnosis, and music, and various social events.

University of Arizona professor Stuart Hameroff says:  Connections between consciousness and reality have taken center stage due to similarities between Eastern spiritual practice and counter-intuitive scientific discoveries that challenge everyday views of the world. This conference will explore these connections.

The event is organized by Neti Neti Media in association with the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), the Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). It will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Marin Convention Center, San Rafael, California Thursday October 22 through Sunday October 25, 2009. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 21-22.

Personal note: A great place to meet me in person. I will attend several pre-conferences and workshops as well as the weekend conference.

Program Details:
The official website contains information and program details.  Attendees may register online. Early bird discount rates are available.


  1. sir please bring some new articles on advaita and science

    • If I come across a topic relating to this subject I shall certainly post an article. You are also welcome to contribute an article.

      • Well,I have not yet come across any new article pertaining to “advaita and science ” in particular.But for some time I have been doing a kind of online research on non-local properties and theories on “consciousness “.In my opinion,the dilemma of consciousness is at present the only roadblock preventing the union of science and spirituality.Pertaining to that topic I do have some interesting articles in which you might be interested in.

        These are the ones I found amazing.

        Click to access Hagelin_07.pdf

      • Thanks for those links. I shall look them up when I have the time. Regards.

  2. However, regarding science and Advaita there is one thing I can say for sure: We have still a very very long way to go before the two can intersect.

    This is because for a long time I have been reading the opinions of many “scientific experts”.Most of them are still firmly rooted in the Newton-cartesian
    paradigm (even in the era of quantum theory).Many books have been written by these people supporting the idea of agnosticism and fiercely defending the materialist worldview of classical physics and biology.

    Now, Objective reality cannot be disentangled from the act of observation, as the Copenhagen Interpretation (CI) nearly states in the words of John A. Wheeler, we live in an observer-participatory Universe.

    The vast majority of today’s practicing physicists follow CI’s practical prescriptions for quantum phenomena, while still clinging to classical beliefs in observer-independent local, external reality). There is a critical gap between practice and theory.

    Resistance to paradigm change is an age old phenomenon and sadly this is the case with many of these highly intellectual people.

    This has led many of them into behaving like the orthodox churchmen who refused to use Galileo’s telescope just because it challenged their own worldview.

  3. walter russel also was a adwaitin 😉

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