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Revolutionary Scientists Coming to New Zealand

6 October 2011

Revolutionary Scientists Coming to New Zealand to Lead An Exploration of the Brain, Consciousness, and the Physical Universe

-Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Science, Consciousness and Spirituality Conference 2011-

Pioneering scientists, who describe a radically new understanding of physics and the cosmos, the brain and consciousness, and our role in the universe, will be in New Zealand this October leading a conference exploring the role of consciousness as the basis of our existence.

The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust presents “Know Thyself – Perspectives of Consciousness Beyond the Body”: the second Science, Consciousness and Spirituality Conference to take place in Auckland in October 2011.

The relationship between consciousness and physical reality is gaining international attention from both the scientific and wider community.

Earlier this year, a feature article in the New York Times discussed the research findings of Professor Daryl J. Bem of Cornell University in New York*, in which 1,000 university students were tested on their ability to see the future. The outcome of eight of the nine experiments indicated that an effect could be predicted before its cause, stimulating strong debate amongst the scientific community.

American physician, scientist, writer and guest speaker at the 2010 Science, Consciousness and Spirituality Conference, Dr Larry Dossey, commented that the findings supported similar outcomes of other scientific research.

“Many studies in the field of presentment research have already confirmed what appear to be retrocausal effects, in which physiological arousal occurs before the stimulus.”

“His (Professor Bem’s) experiments suggest that consciousness can acquire information without mediation by the physical senses, outside the present, with the reversal of cause and effect.”

The role of consciousness will continue to be a topical subject at the 2011 Science, Consciousness and Spirituality Conference, with each speaker presenting theories and findings on the scheme.

Featured speaker, Dr. Amit Goswami, describes himself as a “Quantum Activist”. Professor of physics at the University of Oregon’s Institute of Theoretical Science for over 30 years, (now retired) he is a revolutionary in an increasing group of renegade scientists linking findings in quantum physics to a deeper understanding of consciousness and our role in the cosmos.

A prolific writer, teacher and visionary, Dr. Goswami has appeared in the films "What the Bleep do We know?", The "Dalai Lama Renaissance", and the recently released award-winning documentary "The Quantum Activist". He will be presenting on topics including the “Physics of the Self, the Soul and the Journey”, exploring the idea that consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all being and “Consciousness Beyond the Body and our Potential for Creative Evolution” exploring how, through non-locality and the quantum mind, our evolutionary potential can be fulfilled.

Chief of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest, Hungary, speaker Dr Ede Frecska is an internationally known psychiatrist, qualified psychologist and psychopharmacologist with 15 years of clinical and research experience in Europe and the United States. Dr. Frecska will describe his research, at the interface between cognitive neuroscience and quantum brain dynamics, investigating the effect of psychedelic drugs on human consciousness and neurobiology. His recent research investigated the mechanism of ancient initiation ceremonies and healing rituals. He has traveled Brazil to visit local shamans and healers researching their methods and techniques to evoke altered states of consciousness. Dr Frecska is searching for the physical explanation for these phenomena and believes that mysticism has physical corresponding possibilities in the body and the nervous system.

Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton, a physician, cosmologist and author has a revolutionary vision of the cosmos. In her groundbreaking first book, Punk Science, Dr Manjir unleashed a new vision of the universe onto the world. Working with cutting edge science, such as astrophysics, quantum physics and string theory, she rewrites the laws of the universe placing consciousness at the heart of the cosmos.

“We have been to the moon, we have cloned sheep, but we don't really understand how we are able to think up a shopping list. We don't really know what thought is”, says Dr. Manjir. Her conference presentations will explore the origins of consciousness, from the firing of neurons in our brain to our ability to create virtual realities and memories with our minds. In a style that is as unique as her vision, Dr Manjir describes the workings of the cosmos in a programme that is humorous, engaging and highly accessible.

The conference also features a series of experiential workshops as part of the programme, including Life Between Life Hypnotherapy, Gong Bathing Immersion, a programme on Consciousness and the Body: Soma and Psyche and an introduction to Hemi-Sync® (audio guided sound technology).

The Science, Consciousness and Spirituality Conference will run from 28 – 30 October 2011 at the Auckland University of Technology Akoranga Campus. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 0800 357 242 or visit

Ticket details:
Introductory Evening at the Hopetoun Alpha (28 October): $40.00
Weekend Intensive (29 – 30 October): $390.00
Weekend Intensive – Student (29 – 30 October): $150.00


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