Harvard Med School Researcher Discusses The Science Of Where “Consciousness” Comes From
Era of Light
As Nikola Tesla said, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of it existence.” And truly, we are living in the beginning stages of a second scientific revolution, one where scientists from all over the world are coming together to emphasize something that has tremendous implications for us all — that physical matter is NOT the only reality.
It’s called non-material science, and despite what skeptics might think, it’s a field full of published studies just as rigorously researched as those in the ‘hard’ sciences. As the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has concluded:
The statistical results of the studies examined are far beyond what is expected by chance. Arguments that these results could be due to methodological flaws in the experiments are soundly refuted. Effects of similar magnitude to those found in government-sponsored research at SRI and SAIC have been replicated at a number of laboratories across the world. Such consistency cannot be readily explained by claims of flaws or fraud.
The statement above is more than two decades old, written in the same year the U.S. government declassified parts of their STARGATE program, through which they investigated and used psi concepts such as telepathy and remote viewing.
The modern scientific worldview has been predicated on assumptions derived from classical physics. Many of these assumptions turned into scientific dogma, dogma that most people rely upon and accept as fact today. It was the introduction of quantum mechanics that brought the non-material world to reality, and our subsequent recognition that consciousness plays a huge role in understanding the nature of what we call our physical material world.
Below is a snippet of our recent interview with Dr. Natalie Leigh Trent, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she investigates the mind-body practices of yoga and mindfulness for health and wellbeing. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2006 and her Doctorate in neuroscience from Queen’s University in 2012.
She was the first signee of the Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science, a document put together by an internationally recognized group of 200 scientists that explores this subject in depth.
In the interview, Dr. Trent explains “non-material science” and whether or not consciousness is produced by the brain. She also offers a few facts that show what makes this branch of science so interesting.
You can view the entire interview here.