The Scientific & Medical Network
We recognise that our world is still plagued by deep problems and enduring conflicts. Many of these are caused by dogmatic, superstitious or ill-informed worldviews. However, we believe that individuals and societies can transform themselves. The key is learning to integrate evidence-based science, born of rational philosophy, with the love and inner peace cultivated by spiritual practice. The Network is a worldwide community of professionals dedicated to this transformative task.
We invite you to join us in co-creating a paradigm shift to bring truth, beauty, health and well-being into harmony, and so help heal our fractured culture. Membership is open to all who are sympathetic to our mission, aims and values.
Mystics & Scientists
Last Year’s Mystics and Scientists 40 – The Continuing Quest for Unity and Integration
The Mystics and Scientists conferences have been held every year since 1978, and are dedicated to forging a creative understanding of the complementary roles of scientific and mystical approaches to reality. 2017 saw us celebrating the 40th Anniversary of this flagship series of conferences that have featured many of the leading scientists and mystics of the time. We were especially delighted that Fritjof Capra was able to join us live by Skype, as the only speaker from the original conference, which was the 1978 ‘May Lectures’ and simply entitled Mystics and Scientists. Fritjof had published The Tao of Physics in 1976 and his title was The Implications of the New Physics for the Scientific Reality of our Time.
The conferences always provide a highly engaging and creative opportunity to come together with like-minded people in a spirit of exploration and dialogue. Our theme of unity and integration applies not only to science and spirituality but also to the integration we seek within ourselves. Our speakers bring together world views from physics, biology, philosophy, psychology and spirituality, and they will address the theme from their various angles of expertise. In 2017 we were very glad to be bridging the generations by featuring our first speaker still in his 20s, Dr Merlin Sheldrake – Rupert (his father) first spoke at this conference in 1983.
Building upon the success of this format for the Beyond the Brain 2015 conference, and Mystics and Scientists 2016, this 2017 meeting was a participatory experience. We used café style seating to help initiate table discussions and sharing of experiences. Speakers provided practical reflections and exercises along with a sharing of their expertise. In addition, there was be optional meditation and movement each morning, time for small group exchanges and optional workshop sessions after lunch on Saturday and Sunday. As in past years, it was an unforgettable weekend.