Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and nine books including ‘Science and Spiritual Practices’ and ‘Ways To Go Beyond, And Why They Work’.  He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and is currently a Fellow of the institute of Noetic Sciences in California, and of Schumacher College in Devon. He lives in London.

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Graham Hancock is the author of a series of controversial books, notably Fingerprints of the Gods (1995), Heaven’s Mirror (1998), Underworld (2002), Magicians of the Gods (2015) and America Before (2019), investigating the possibility of a lost advanced civilization of the Ice Age. He is also known for his work on the role of altered states of consciousness in the origins of art and religion — an interest explored in his 2005 book Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Man. His website is

Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D. is a Johns Hopkins-trained neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist, former Harvard faculty member, and an award-winning author and clinician. She began studying autism in 1987, when she spent six months with Sir Michael Rutter at the Institute for Psychiatry in London. She has served as a member of a think tank on the evolution of human consciousness at the Salk Institute, and as the Director of Research for the John E. Mack Institute. Her experimental research focusses on investigating reports of telepathy in autistic children and has been presented at international science conferences in the US and abroad. She is a polymath whose theoretical work bridges multiple scientific disciplines in its analysis of case studies in neuropsychiatry that challenge materialism’s neuro-centric model. Her 2008 book, The ESP Enigma: A Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena, presents a rational argument for a new paradigm, which is elaborated upon further in her chapter in the first volume published by the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences: Is Consciousness Primary Website:

Jessica Utts is Professor Emerita of Statistics at the University of California at Irvine. She received her B.A. in math and psychology at SUNY Binghamton, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in statistics at Penn State University. She moved to UC Irvine after 30 years at UC Davis, where she was a founding member of the Statistics Department. Professor Utts is dedicated to helping the general public understand statistical studies, and is the author or co-author of three statistics textbooks with a focus on statistical literacy.

Professor Caroline Watt is Koestler Chair of Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh, having started her career as a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit (KPU) under Professor Robert Morris. Watt is a former President of the Parapsychological Association, co-author (with Harvey Irwin) of a leading parapsychology textbook, and since 2008 has run an online parapsychology course for the general public. Watt’s research focus is on testing ESP using the ganzfeld method. She runs a parapsychology study registry and her work highlights wider scientific lessons that emerge from studying paranormal claims.

Prof Etzel Cardeña has advanced degrees in psychology from Canada and the US and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He holds the endowed Thorsen Chair in psychology at Lund University in Sweden, where he directs the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology (CERCAP). His areas of research include alterations of consciousness and unusual or anomalous experiences (including parapsychological phenomena), dissociative processes and acute post-traumatic reactions, the neuroscience of hypnosis and meditation, and the stream of consciousness during waking and altered states. He has close to 400 publications, some in top journals in psychology and related disciplines, including the edited books Varieties of Anomalous Experience; Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century, and Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perepsectives. His work has garnered awards from multiple professional organizations and has been covered by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the BBC, among others.  He has also worked professionally in theatre as director, actor, and playwright, and is the artistic director of the International Theatre of Malmö.

Bruce Greyson, MD is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He was a co-founder and President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies and Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. His research for the past four decades has focused on near-death experiences and particularly their after-effects and implications. His academic work has been translated into twenty languages and used in hundreds of studies worldwide. Dr Greyson has published more than a hundred scholarly articles about near-death experiences and gives regular addresses at international conferences on the matter. AFTER is his first book to bring his ground-breaking research to general readers.

Dr David Luke is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including ten books, most recently Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2nd ed., 2019). When he is not running clinical drug trials with LSD, conducting DMT field experiments or observing apparent weather control with Mexican shamans he directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He lives life on the edge – of Sussex.

Bruce Parry is best known for his award-winning documentaries which followed him living with and learning from remote indigenous peoples around the world. Other series followed him visiting peoples struggling with the effects of globalisation and climate change and the part we all play in these events.  These experiences led him to leave the BBC and direct a feature documentary about humankind’s loss of connection to nature and the effect this is having globally. He has been deeply affected by his travels and is now trying to put into practice some of the lessons he learned over the years, especially influenced by the few remaining egalitarian tribes he has been lucky to meet. He currently lives in Wales.

Dr Natalie Dyer, PhD is a research scientist studying the therapeutic effects of integrative medicine and spiritual practices, including yoga, meditation, Reiki, psychedelics, and universal love. She completed her doctorate in neuroscience at Queen’s University and postdoctoral fellowships in psychology at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. She currently works as a research scientist with Connor Integrative Health Network, and as President of the non-profit organization the Center for Reiki Research. She has published many scientific papers and presented her research to diverse audiences throughout North America and Europe. Together with over 300 other scientists and physicians, Natalie was the first signee of the Manifesto for a Postmaterialist Science, a declaration for science to move beyond the outdated materialist paradigm. Natalie is also an energy medicine practitioner specializing in Reiki and North American, European, and Tibetan shamanic practices. Website:

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., M.A. is a world-renowned social scientist, award winning author, filmmaker, and charismatic public speaker. She has conducted clinical, laboratory, and field-based research into consciousness, individual and social transformation, and healing. Her books include: Loving Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; Living the Noetic Life; Death Makes Life Possible; and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine. She has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and Trinity Universities and is currently Professor in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in California. She served as President and CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she is now a Senior Fellow, is Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego, and is Founder of the Grateful Aging Program. For more information, see and