Scientists, psychologists and philosophers will meet in Lincoln tomorrow (Friday) to explore consciousness and memory beyond the brain.


‘Beyond the Brain 2005’ is a conference to be staged at the University of Lincoln by the Scientific and Medical Network in association with Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The conference will explore consciousness by considering the nature of memory and evidence suggesting that aspects of memory may extend beyond the brain.


Subjects under discussion will include near-death experiences, children who remember previous lives, memories associated with organ transplants, psychometry and hypnotic states.


“If such evidence is robust, then it implies a radical extension of conventional theories of memory traces imprinted on the brain, which in turn has implications for our understanding of human life,” said a spokesman for the Scientific and Medical Network.


‘Beyond the Brain 2005’ brings together an international team of speakers including

Dr Iain McGilchrist, Professor John Gruzelier and Professor Gary Schwartz.


Professor Gruzelier is Professor of Psychology at Imperial College London while Professor Schwartz is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Arizona.


The Scientific and Medical Network is an international forum for people engaged in creating a new world view for the 21st century, bringing together scientists, doctors, psychologists, engineers, philosophers, complementary practitioners and others with appropriate qualifications or experience.


Honorary members of the network include Sir John Polkinghorne FRS, Sir John Houghton FRS, Sir Crispin Tickell and Lord Rees-Mogg.


The conference begins on Friday 26th August and ends on Sunday 28th August.


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