Peter Russell M.A., D.C.S., F.S.P. Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, The World Business Academy and The Findhorn Foundation
Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. Assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University
With his distinctive blend of physics, psychology, and philosophy, Peter Russell presents a new worldview in which the fundamental essence of the cosmos is not matter but mind. Despite the remarkable success of modern science in so many areas, it encounters great difficulty around the fundamental questions of consciousness. Western science is based on the assumption that the ultimate essence of the cosmos is matter-energy, in some shape or form. In this talk, Peter will share his latest thinking on why consciousness is the fundamental essence of the cosmos. Many have claimed this from metaphysical perspectives; what makes Peter's model unique is that he arrives at this conclusion using contemporary physics and psychology. With consciousness as primary, everything remains the same and everything changes. Time and timelessness co-exist. And our own inner essence is known to be the essence of that is.
SAND 2011 is a journey and exploration of the nature of awareness from the perspective of modern science, ancient traditions, philosophy, phenomenology, psychology and direct experience. Hear presentations of world-renowned quantum physicists, scientists, lecturers and authors like John Hagelin, Stanislav Grof, Lynne McTaggart, Fred Alan Wolf, Menas Kafatos, Gangaji, Rupert Spira, David Peat, Dean Radin, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Jeff Foster and many more, over this four-day conference.
The theme which we will be exploring this year is Time. What is time and does it really exist? Linear, nonlinear time, eternal now, infinity… SAND 2011 will be an exploration of the concept and paradox of time from the perspective of modern science, ancient traditions, philosophy, phenomenology, psychology and of course direct experience.
Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, The World Business Academy and The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology.
Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He has written several books in this area -- The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.
Shauna Shapiro Ph.D.
Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty in Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Shapiro’s research investigates the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy and health care. She has published over 50 book chapters and journal articles, and is co-author of the forthcoming book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy.