The current scientific paradigm, known as scientific materialism (or simply materialism), incorrectly claims that all phenomena are the result of purely material interactions. This worldview has more or less dominated science and academia for centuries, despite the fact that many of the major precursors of modern science have implicitly or explicitly rejected it.
Over the past few decades, with the accumulation of evidence and deeper knowledge, the old materialistic worldview has begun to crumble and we are finally reaching a tipping point.
The emergence of a new scientific paradigm
In February 2014, during a meeting held at Canyon Ranch (Tucson, Arizona), the emergence of this new paradigm was discussed by a group of scientists working in various fields of expertise who shared the same disillusionment against materialism. This meeting entitled International summit on Postmaterialist Science, Spirituality, and Society (International Summit on Science, Spirituality and the Post-Materialist Society) was organized by two of the co-authors of The New Science of Consciousness, Visions of a Post-Materialist Paradigm, Gary E. Schwartz, PhD and Mario Beauregard, PhD from the University of Arizona and by Lisa Miller, PhD professor and researcher in psychology, from Columbia University.
The objective of this summit was to advocate the development of post-materialist science and the emerging post-materialist paradigm (PPM), for the good of science, spirituality and society.
Scientists spanning areas of expertise ranging from biology and neurologies to psychology, medicine and psi research participated in this defining event.
The summary report of the International Summit on Science, Spirituality and the Post-Materialist Society is available (in English)
Following this event, the participants published the manifesto for a post-materialist science in the scientific journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.
Since the publication of this manifesto, more than three hundred scientists and philosophers from all over the world have given their support to this movement by adding their signature to it. The manifesto is published in English (OpenScience).
Post-materialism offers the possibility of the emergence of a new paradigm, which can not only help science to develop in innovative ways but also make an important contribution to the continuous transformation of human consciousness.
The term post-materialist does not explicitly assert what a new theory (or several) will be, but rather emphasizes the end of the age of materialism. Proponents of post-materialist science approaches have chosen this term intentionally, as it allows the future of science and society to be addressed in a broader way, and encourages the vigorous pursuit of new ideas and methods. reflection. Contributors to different research and studies don’t always agree on everything about post-materialism, and that’s fine. Science needs healthy and sometimes very intense debate, and this new paradigm must not be limited by dogmatic assumptions, as has been the case with materialism.
Open Science Campaign
The Summit also gave birth to the campaign for open science (campaign for open science), and a website has been created for its message. This site is a portal for scientific research carried out in an open mind and which goes beyond the dogmas that characterize much of the current scientific mainstream. Visitors will find innovative resources on the study of consciousness, alternative energy sources, integrative medicine, approaches to post-materialist science, and on new discoveries in various fields such as cosmology, physics , chemistry and biology. This portal also offers videos, books, reviews and links to the websites of open-minded researchers and scientific organizations, as well as a number of articles. In addition, following the Summit, a non-profit organization was set upAcademy for the Advancement of Post-Material Science.
Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences
The Academy for the Advancement of Science is a nonprofit and educational organization whose mission is to promote open-minded, rigorous, evidence-based research in post-materialist consciousness. The academy’s vision is to inspire scientists to study mind and consciousness as fundamental elements of reality.
To achieve this paradigm shifting mission, APPS adheres to the following values:
- support rigorous applications of scientific methods
- nurture curiosity and creativity in research
- encourage openness to exploration, confirmation and investigation
- demonstrate integrity and honesty, in communication and education
- value experimental and empirical data rather than dogmas
- create safe, frameworks for sharing theories, evidence and experiences
- promote evidence-based innovation and positive societal change
- develop awareness that all things are interconnected
- share post-materialist evidence and knowledge with the public.
With these values in mind APPS publishes a series of books entitled Advancement of post-materialist sciences (Advances in Postmaterialist Sciences) in order to accompany scientists, students and readers interested in science, in their research on post-materialist consciousness and its applications.
The intention of the promoters is that each work combines rigor and creativity while offering both personal interior experiences and external observations. The wish of the members of the Academy is that these works can benefit humanity and the planet. Some works deal with specific themes, others with very varied subjects.
Together, they help define and evolve post-materialist concepts, research and applications.
Source : The new science of consciousness, visions of a post-materialist paradigm, Mario Beauregard, Gary E. Schwartz, Natalie L. Dyer, Marjorie Woollacott, editor Guy Trédaniel, 2022, Paris, 338 p. (first published in English Expanding Scienceeditor, The Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences, 2020.)