WORKSHOPS/PANELS with descriptions, speaker bios & photos   


Session 1 - Workshop 1     

MONDAY MORNING, April 18, 2022 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Progress on Dual-Aspect Thinking

Harald Atmanspacher, ETH Zurich 

Physicist, The Collegium Helveticum (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Harald Atmanspacher, PhD, is a senior scientist and staff member at Collegium Helveticum, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, since 2007.  After his PhD in physics at Munich University (1986), he worked as a research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics at Garching until 1998. Then he served as head of the theory group at the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology at Freiburg until 2013. His fields of research are the theory of complex systems, conceptual and theoretical aspects of (algebraic) quantum theory, and mind-matter relations from interdisciplinary perspectives. He is the president of the Society for Mind-Matter Research and editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary international journal Mind and Matter. For more details see

Paavo Pylkkänen, U Helsinki and U of Skövde

Paavo Pylkkänen, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy and Director of the Bachelor’s Program in Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. He is also Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (currently on leave) at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, University of Skövde, where he initiated a Consciousness Studies Program.  His main research areas are philosophy of mind, philosophy of physics and their intersection. The central problem in philosophy of mind is how to understand the place of mind – and especially conscious experience – in the physical world. Pylkkänen has explored whether this problem can be approached in a new way in the framework of the new holistic and dynamic worldview that is emerging from quantum theory and relativity. He has in particular been inspired by the physicists David Bohm and Basil Hiley’s interpretation of quantum theory and has collaborated with both of them.  In his 2007 book Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order (Springer) he proposed that Bohmian notions such as active information and implicate order provide new ways of approaching key problems in philosophy of mind, such as mental causation and time consciousness. The overall aim of his research is to develop a scientific metaphysics. Paavo Pylkkänen has been a visiting researcher in Stanford UniversityOxford UniversityLondon UniversityCharles University Prague and Gothenburg University and is a member of the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences (TINT).

Dean Rickles, U Sydney

Dean Rickles is Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics at the University of Sydney and a Director of the Sydney Centre for Time.  Dean Rickles was born in Hull, Yorkshire. He briefly trained as a concert pianist at the London College of Music, before switching to philosophy. He received an MA from the University of Sheffield (1999) and PhD from the University of Leeds (2004). During a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2005, he worked on the application of complex systems theory to population health.[1][2] He took up a lectureship at the University of Sydney in 2007 and was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council fellowship in 2008 followed by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2014.  Rickles primary focus is on string theoryquantum gravity, and symmetries

Robert Prentner, U Munich

Robert is an interdisciplinary scientist and philosopher interested in consciousness studies and the history and philosophy of science. He received a doctorate in physical chemistry in 2013 and a doctorate in philosophy in 2017 from ETH Zürich. His Erdős number is 4.  Currently, he is a senior research fellow at the Center for the Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU München.

Session 1 - Workshop 2 

MONDAY MORNING, April 18, 2022 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Testing Orch OR

M. Bruce MacIver, Stanford University 

Professor MacIver explores the molecular and cellular mechanisms of sedatives and anesthetics and how these drugs alter higher nervous system functions to produce loss of consciousness. He was trained in neuroscience and pharmacology at the University of Calgary and began his career at Stanford over thirty years ago and has directed the Stanford Neuropharmacology Laboratory since then. Current research is directed at the development of safer and more effect anesthetics using state-of-the-art electrophysiological approaches using in vitro brain slice preparations and freely moving animal models. He is also using newly developed EEG analysis techniques in animals and human subjects to quantify brain states associated with the loss and recovery of consciousness.

Jack Tuszyński, University of Alberta/Politecnico di Torino 

Dr. Jack Tuszyński obtained his PhD in condensed matter physics in 1983 from the University of Calgary. From 1983 to 1988 he was a faculty member at the Department of Physics of the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s. He moved to the University of Alberta in 1988 as an assistant professor, between 1990 to 1993 he was an associate and then full professor at the Department of Physics. As of 2005 he has held the prestigious Allard Chair in Experimental Oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute where he leads an interdisciplinary computational drug discovery group. He is also a Fellow of the National Institute for Nanotechnology of Canada. Dr. Tuszyński held visiting professorship and research positions in China, Germany, France, Israel, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed journal papers, and 12 books. He delivered almost 400 scientific talks at conferences on five continents, half of which were invited presentations. He submitted 15 reports of invention, 21 patent applications and obtained 4 patents in the USA, South Korea, Japan and Singapore. His research has been supported by over 100 research grants from Canadian, US and European funding agencies. He is on the editorial board of almost 30 international journals including the Journal of Biological Physics. He is an Associate Editor of The Frontiers Collection, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg. Current affiliations are: Professore Ordinario, DIMEAS, Politecnico di Torino, Allard Endowed Research Chair, Department of Experimental Oncology, University of Alberta. Full Professor, Department of Physics, University of Alberta

Aarat Kalra, Princeton U

Dr. Aarat Kalra is a postdoctoral scientist in the Scholes group at Princeton University. He is an expert on microtubules, and works to determine the feasibility of excitonic energy transport within these biological nanowires. Dr. Kalra has previously worked with approaches from both physics and biology to determine the relevance of physical interactions in biological systems. His experiments have shown that the electrostatic behaviour of microtubules is solvent dependent, and can regulate local chemical environment. Light at the End of the Tunnel

Greg Scholes, Princeton U 

A big question at the interface of fields is whether “non-trivial” quantum-mechanical phenomena underly function in biology—perhaps even relating to mysteries of how our brains work. I will outline the challenges and issues of the field, then describe some relevant recent studies of microtubules. Microtubules are long, slender cylindrical polymers of the protein α, β- tubulin that play a variety of intracellular roles, from acting as ‘railroads’ for macromolecular transport to providing mechanical forces for chromosomal segregation and forming cilia and flagella for cell motility. Microtubules bind to anesthetic molecules, provoking questions about the role of this interaction on anestheticinduced consciousness loss. Anesthetics have been modelled to alter excitonic states within tubulin aromatic amino acids, leading to downstream effects on information processing and consciousness. However, experimental evidence for an exciton-based mechanism of action has remained elusive. New studies in this direction will be reported.

Aristide Dogariu, U of Central Florida

Aristide Dogariu received his PhD from Hokkaido University and he is currently University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor at CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida. His research interests include optical physics, electrodynamics, wave propagation, and complex media. Professor Dogariu is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Physical Society of America and he is the recipient of the International Society for Optics and Photonics’ G. G. Stokes Award.

Travis J.A. Craddock, Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, Nova Southeastern University

Travis J.A. Craddock, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology & Neuroscience, Computer Science and Clinical Immunology at Nova Southeastern University. He serves as the Director of the Clinical Systems Biology Group at NSU's Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine where he applies computational systems biology and biophysics methods towards the purpose of identifying novel treatments and diagnostics for complex chronic illness involving neuroinflammation. Dr. Craddock received his Ph.D. in the field of biophysics at the University of Alberta where his graduate research activities focused on subneural biomolecular information processing, nanoscale neuroscience descriptions of memory consciousness and cognitive dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders.

Current areas of academic focus:

Cellular information processes and molecular neuroscience; Biophysics of neuroinflammatory/neurodegenerative diseases:Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Gulf War illness (GWI) and myaglic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS); Systems neurobiology; Quantum neurobiology

Session 1 -  Workshop 3

MONDAY MORNING, April 18, 2022 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Brain Modulation with Transcranial Ultrasound 

Jay Sanguinetti, UArizona

Dr. Jay Sanguinetti is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico. His training was in philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, and his dissertation investigated the neural processes of conscious and unconscious visual perception. Dr. Sanguinetti specializes in psychophysiological measures (EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking) of visual perception, emotion, and mindfulness meditation. His team investigates novel forms of brain stimulation, including the use of ultrasound and light-based stimulation to enhance memory, perception, and well-being. Dr. Sanguinetti has published widely, from topics on the neural basis of vision and the temporal dynamics of perception to understanding how the brain changes in Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. His current interests include using noninvasive brain stimulation to enhance cognition and well-being. Jay is presently investigating whether focused ultrasound neuromodulation can augment mindfulness practice in collaboration with Shinzen Young. They recently launched the Sonication Enhanced Mindful Awareness (SEMA) lab at the University of Arizona in collaboration with the Center for Consciousness Studies. The SEMA lab is developing accelerated mindfulness protocols for therapeutic interventions to treat addiction, chronic pain, and depression. Dr. Sanguinetti is the Assistant Director for the Center for Consciousness Studies, which runs the largest international conference on consciousness studies.

Sasha Bystritsky, UCLA 

Alexander (Sasha)  Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D. is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tiny Blue Dot consciousness research foundation and president of the Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies. He graduated from Pavlov Medical Institute (currently Pavlov Medical University) in St. Petersburg, Russia (former Soviet Union) with M.D. degree in 1977 and then rapidly completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1979. As a student he worked in the famous former Pavlov’s laboratory of the Institute of Experimental Medicine. In 1976 his paper won the Gold Medal for the Best Student Scientific Paper in the USSR among all sciences. He emigrated to the US in 1979 to New York where he completed NYU-Belleview residency program in Psychiatry in 1985 and moved to UCLA as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He completed RWJ Clinical Scholars program in 1987. Dr. Bystritsky has been on the UCLA Faculty since 1987. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Lynda and Stewart Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles where he directs the Anxiety Disorders Program and Brainstimulation Laboratory. Dr. Bystritsky published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has served as the PI and Co-PI on many NIH, foundations and industry sponsored grants. Over the years he earned several honors and awards including OCD Foundation Research Award (2006) and NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award (2009). He is also listed in the Best Doctors in America for the last 17 years. For several years he has been a Visiting Professor at a Full Professor level in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts working with Professor Ferenc Jolesz and Professor Seung-Schik Yoo investigating Focused Ultrasound Pulsation effects on brain using fMRI. Dr. Bystritsky authored several patents on image-guided neuromodulation of brain neurons using Focused Ultrasound Pulsation. His current area of interest is neuroimaging guided brain stimulation. He is a part of collaborative research program on image-guided DBS with the department of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He is also participates at UCLA LIFUP Center that studies the use of this new technology in brainmapping and treatment of epilepsy and other brain disorders with Drs Engrl and Stern. This collaborative group together with Brainsonix Corp. has recently began the first Human Trials of this technology. Dr. Bystritsky is also collaborates with physicists and mathematicians around the world in an attempt of creating mathematical models helping to understand how the brain works.

Session 1 - Workshop 4

MONDAY MORNING, April 18, 2022 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness 

The fields of biology and computer science have increasingly recognized a role for quantum mechanics. Quantum biology now explains how the interactions of proteins is critical to realistic models of vital biological functions. Quantum computation is on the horizon and will revolutionize cybersecurity and expand the ability to find solutions to difficult problems in a practical timeframe. However, mainstream understanding of the human mind has not been updated to reflect the paradigm shift at play in science and technology. During this workshop, Justin Riddle, Johannes Kleiner, and Kelvin McQueen will survey current theories on how quantum mechanics may explain consciousness, the unity of self, the question of freewill, human understanding of mathematics, and the experience of time.

Justin Riddle, U North Carolina 

Justin Riddle is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he investigates how low-frequency neural oscillations contribute to human cognition. He uses electric and magnetic stimulation concurrent with electrophysiology and fMRI to probe the causal role of neural activity in specific cognitive processes and how these network oscillations become impaired in psychiatric illness. Justin taught a course on Quantum Consciousness at UC Berkeley and now runs a podcast on the topic that can be found on YouTube

Johannes Kleiner, Ludwig Maximilian U Munich

Johannes Kleiner is a physicist and mathematician whose research focuses on formal theories of consciousness, the calculus of variations, mathematical physics, foundations of physics and unified physical theories. He is currently based at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) and the LMU Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, and is a visiting researcher at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. Prior to joining the MCMP, he was a postdoc at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Leibniz University of Hanover. Previously, he has completed a PhD in mathematics at the University of Regensburg, awarded summa cum laude. He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Computer Science of Oxford University, the Harvard Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications and the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille Université. Johannes is a member of the Foundational Questions Institute and of the German Physical Society, and a co-founder of the Basic Research Community for Physics and the Association for Mathematical Consciousness Science.

Kelvin J. McQueen, Chapman U   

Kelvin McQueen is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University. He is a philosopher of science whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the neuroscience of consciousness and the foundations of quantum physics. His current projects in the neuroscience of consciousness include experimentally testing the integrated information theory (IIT) using filled/non-filled pairs; extending IIT to quantum mechanics to render the consciousness-causes-collapse hypothesis testable; and libertarian accounts of free will. His current projects in the foundations of quantum mechanics include extending the class of dynamical collapse theories; clarifying the status of probability and locality in many worlds theories; and extending Bell’s theorem beyond quantum theory.

Session 2 -  Workshop 5

MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 18, 2022   

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Embedded Intelligence  

Embedded Intelligence (EI) is defined as the ability of a Thing to sense, processed what is sensed both of itself and others, communicate internally and externally and actuate (SPCA), doing something with the Thing’s EI. This is explained within the context of manmade Embedded Intelligence Technology (EIT) aka AI that is then translated to all Things in the infinitely large and infinitely long lasting period of time the universe has and will remain in existence as described in The Theory of Embedded Intelligence (EI) (The Theory). This workshop with panel discussion will explore the concepts of The Theory to better understand and explain humanity’s individual selves and position in specific and global consciousness, awareness and understanding of oneself and the world in which we live.

Bill Mensch, Western Design Center

Mr. Bill Mensch will introduce the Embedded Intelligence Workshop and panel as one of 250 recognized leaders over a 500 year period as listed in Leaders of the Information Age, holder of twenty two (22) patents on Embedded Intelligence Technology (EIT) in the form of Motorola 68xx Microprocessor (MPU) Integrated Circuits (IC), MOS Technology 65xx MPU ICs and The Western Design Center, Inc. (WDC) 65xx 8- and 16-bit MPU Family of ICs and supporting business models and technologies. 

Bill Mensch is considered a pioneer in information technology (IT), microprocessor Intellectual Property (IP) business model and pioneer of the fabless semiconductor business model for microprocessors for which ARM was inspired in 1983 during a visit to WDC’s offices in Mesa, Arizona. It is from his fifty (50) years and ongoing career in EIT that Mr. Mensch proposes The Theory for a continuum of intelligences for every non-living and living Thing in the Universe, from lowly quantum units of the energies to the Universe itself.  He received his BSEE from The UArizona in 1971 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from UArizona in 2005. Bill Mensch will explain his thinking and plans for The Bill and Dianne Mensch Foundation, Inc. an Arizona 501c3 not-for-profit education foundation plans for perpetual support of ongoing learning and innovative doing with the concepts in The Theory for the Colleges of Engineering, Barrett, The Honors College and W. A. Franke Honors College. Mr. Mensch will explain plans for Mensch Prizes in Engineering Multidisciplinary Design and Honors Thesis scholarship.

Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University 

Dr. Maynard will explore the value of The Theory in The Future of Innovation in Society and Global Futures research and teaching. Aligned with this perspective, Dr. Maynard will explore the concepts associated with injecting mythologies and false information in the individual and collective consciousness of a democratic system of governance.

Andrew Maynard is Associate Dean of Curricula and Student Success for the College of Global Futures and Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and director of the Risk Innovation Lab – a unique center focused on transforming how we think about and act on risk, in the pursuit of increasing and maintaining “value”.  He was previously Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Maynard’s research and professional activities focus on risk innovation, and the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, including nanotechnology and synthetic biology.  He is widely published, has testified before congressional committees, has served on National Academy panels and is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology.  He also writes a regular column for the journal Nature Nanotechnology, and the news website The Conversation. Courses taught by Maynard have included risk assessment, risk innovation, science communication, environmental health policy, and entrepreneurial ethics.  He also lectures widely on technology innovation and responsible development. Maynard a well-known science communicator, and works closely with and through conventional and new media to connect with audiences around the world on technology innovation and the science or risk. He is the creator of the YouTube channel Risk Bites, and blogs at  His Twitter handle is @2020science.

Ted Humphrey, Arizona State University  

Dr. Humphrey will explore the value of The Theory and the concepts as described by Dr. Maynard for a human bounded infinity in philosophy.

Ted Humphrey is an Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University. He retired in May 2015. He was affiliated with Barrett, the Honors College at ASU as President’s Professor and Barrett Professor, the Lincoln Center as a Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Latin American Intellectual History, and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies as professor of philosophy. Professor Humphrey chaired ASU's Philosophy Department from 1974 to 1983, during which time he was responsible for appointing several now internationally eminent philosophers, including Jeffrie G. Murphy, Jane Maienschein,  J. Richard Creath and Michael J. White. From 1983 he directed ASU's Honors Program, guiding it to collegiate status, becoming the founding dean of the Barrett, the Honors College in 1988, a position he held until 2003. He is past president of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Professor Humphrey is a member of Arizona State University's Distinguished Teaching Academy. Numerous organizations have awarded him their highest honors for teaching excellence, and the Arizona Republic cited him as a force for excellent undergraduate education in Arizona.

During the 2009-10 academic year, under the auspices of grants from Amazon and the Office of the Provost at ASU and the support of Hackett Publishing Co., Inc., Professor Humphrey conducted a pilot program using the Kindle DX reading device for teaching HON 171-272, The Human Event. The pilot sought to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of providing primary text materials for use in seminar level humanities courses. 

Dante Lauretta, UArizona, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory

Regents Professor, Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry • University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory

Dr. Lauretta will explore the value of The Theory as a platform for understanding the infinite and continuum of possible outcomes for his work and teaching of the Origins of Life from a planetary perspective.

Dante Lauretta is principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission and a regents professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. His research interests focus on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets, and he is an expert in the analysis of extraterrestrial materials, including asteroid samples, mete-orites and comet particles.  Dr. Lauretta fosters the advancement of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other space leaders through mentorship and taught coursework which apply his expertise in planetary science and spacecraft mission design & implementation. Dr. Lauretta heads the OSIRIS-REx research team at UArizona working on this mission, which has included more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students. This project will help ensure that the University of Arizona remains at the forefront of planetary exploration for the next decade.

Stuart Hameroff, UArizona, College of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Psychology, Center for Consciousness Studies, SBS 

Dr. Hameroff will discuss the Orch OR theory, information processing and memory in intra-neuronal microtubules in relation to the theory of Embedded Intelligence

Stuart Hameroff MD is a clinical anesthesiologist and researcher on how the brain produces consciousness, and how anesthetics act to erase it. In medical school in the early 1970s, Hameroff became interested in consciousness, and in protein structures called microtubules inside brain neurons which he came to believe processed information supporting consciousness. In the mid- 1990s he teamed with Sir Roger Penrose to develop the controversial ‘Orch OR’ theory in which consciousness derives from “orchestrated” (“Orch”) microtubule quantum vibrations linked to processes in spacetime geometry, the fine scale structure of the universe, leading to “Penrose objective reduction” (“OR”, hence “Orch OR”). And he has further proposed the ‘microtubule quantum vibration’ theory of anesthetic action. Hameroff organizes the well-known conference series ‘The Science of Consciousness’, has written or edited 5 books and over a hundred scientific articles, and appeared in films and various TV shows about consciousness. With University of Arizona colleagues Jay Sanguinetti, John JB Allen and Shinzen Young, Hameroff is developing transcranial ultrasound (‘TUS’) for treatment of mental and cognitive dysfunction (TUS may resonate endogenous megahertz vibrations in brain microtubules). Penrose- Hameroff Orch OR is one of a group of major theories of consciousness in the Templeton World Charity Foundation project ‘Accelerating Research on Consciousness’, and is currently being tested experimentally. 


Session 2 -  Workshop 6 

MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 18, 2022   

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Consciousness and Non-Locality 

Stephan A. Schwartz, Saybrook U; BIAL Foundation Fellow

Stephan A. Schwartz is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University, and a BIAL fellow. He is an award winning author of both fiction and non-fiction, columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication in both of which he covers trends that are affecting the future. He also writes regularly for The Huffington Post. His other academic and research appointments include: Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute; founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory; Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center; and Senior Fellow of The Philosophical Research Society. Government appointments include: Special Assistant for Research and Analysis to the Chief of Naval Operations, consultant to the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has also been editorial staff member of National Geographic, Associate Editor of Sea Power. And staff reporter and feature writer for The Daily Press and The Times Herald. For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. Using Remote Viewing he discovered Cleopatra's Palace, Marc Antony's Timonium, ruins of the Lighthouse of Pharos, and sunken ships along the California coast, and in the Bahamas. He also uses remote viewing to examine the future. Since 1978, he has been getting people to remote view the year 2050, and out of that has come a complex trend analysis. His submarine experiment, Deep Quest, using Remote Viewing helped determine that nonlocal consciousness is not an electromagnetic phenomenon.

Julia Mossbridge, U San Diego, IONS, TILT

Dr. Mossbridge’s current interest is in the science underlying the physical and psychological applications of informational time travel: receiving information in the present about events that have not yet occurred, and potentially influencing events in the past. She is an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Biophysics and Physics at University of San Diego, a fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit TILT: The Institute for Love and Time, which currently receives funding from the Bial Foundation (currently grant 369/20) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An author and co-author of multiple books related to this topic, notably Bial she is the co-author with Imants Baruss of Transcendent mind: Rethinking the science of consciousness (2017), one of the few of the American Psychological Association’s textbooks to include evidence-based discussion about the human abilities of precognition and telepathy. Dr. Mossbridge also invented and patented Choice Compass, a physiologically based decision-making app, and was the project lead for and creator of the Loving AI project with Hanson Robotics’ humanoid robot, Sophia. She completed her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her postdoc in Psychology at Northwestern University, her MA degree in Neuroscience is from UC San Francisco, and was awarded her BA in Neuroscience with highest honors from Oberlin College.

Dean Radin, IONS 

Dean Radin, MS, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude and with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For over three decades he has been engaged in research on the frontiers of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, SRI International, and other academic and industrial facilities.

Session 2 -  Workshop 7

MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 18, 2022   

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plants and Consciousness  

M. Bruce MacIver, Stanford University 

Professor MacIver explores the molecular and cellular mechanisms of sedatives and anesthetics and how these drugs alter higher nervous system functions to produce loss of consciousness. He was trained in neuroscience and pharmacology at the University of Calgary and began his career at Stanford over thirty years ago and has directed the Stanford Neuropharmacology Laboratory since then. Current research is directed at the development of safer and more effect anesthetics using state-of-the-art electrophysiological approaches using in vitro brain slice preparations and freely moving animal models. He is also using newly developed EEG analysis techniques in animals and human subjects to quantify brain states associated with the loss and recovery of consciousness.

DEEPAK CHOPRA, Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global

DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.  Chopra is an Adjunct Professor of Urology at Mount Sinai, Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Central Florida, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His latest book, Abundance – The Inner Path to Wealth unlocks how you can cultivate a sense of abundance in times of fear and insecurity and will be available on March 1, 2022

TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”  


Rainish Khanna, I-Cultiver

A plant photobiologist, Rajnish is examining how informational light signal is perceived and translated by organisms into biological responsivity and could these basic molecular and biochemical mechanisms help us better understand the hidden reality of consciousness and its relationship to the universe. Occupationally, Rajnish is the founder of i-Cultiver, Inc. A strategic biotechnology consultant, plant and soil health scientist applying multidisciplinary approaches for research and development. Known for empowering the industry through strategic partnerships and leveraging advanced technologies to increase product impact, governmental regulatory process and marketing support. Rajnish obtained his doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology at Purdue University, he is well published. Rajnish has served as a lead scientist in biotechnology industry and has worked at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University.

Session 2 -  Workshop 8 

MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 18, 2022  

 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Science of Contemplative Experience    


Matthew Sacchet, Harvard University

Daniel Ingram, Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium, EPRC

Julieta Galante, Cambridge University 

Jay Sanguinetti, University of Arizona


Session 3 -  Workshop 9

MONDAY EVENING, April 18, 2022   

 Time:  7:00 pm -9:30 pm - Kiva Ballroom



Michael Ferguson, Harvard Medical School 


Janae Nelson, Brigham Young University 
Jenae Nelson received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Brigham Young University. Nelson uses diverse methodological approaches to study the development of transcendence, virtues, religiosity, and compassion in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Specifically, she is interested in the contributions of unitive consciousness, spiritual perception, God proximity, and sacred rituals in psychosocial maturation.


David Yaden, Johns Hopkins University 


Rick Strassman, University of New Mexico