The Society for Consciousness Studies is a professional scholarly organization that honors work of quality from any authentic scholarly tradition. Moreover, while it recognizes the importance of cognitive and reductionistic approaches, it does not privilege them. Rather, it welcomes them along with other paradigms. The society is particularly interested in consciousness as experience (or subjectivity), and consciousness as a sense of being.




The Society for Consciousness Studies is a professional scholarly organization honoring quality in all authentic scholarly and research traditions. It also celebrates the many dimensions of the liberal arts that are embraced and enriched by the study of consciousness.

Founded: In 2012, by a small group of scholars and researchers working in varying fields consciousness studies.

Requirements of its Membership: Serious interest and involvement in scholarship or research in the field of consciousness studies.

Founding Members:

·      Allan Combs ·       Imants Baruss ·       Stanley Krippner ·      Eugene Taylor
·       Julie Mossbridge ·      Stephan Schwartz ·       Carolyn Cooke ·      Etzel Cardeña
·      Ben Goertzel ·      Chris Fields ·       Frank Echenhofer ·      Zoran Josipovic
·      Jeffery Martin ·      Laurel McCormick ·       Jayne Gackenbach ·      Kate Noble

Present Members: As of 2018, the Society grown to over 170 members, including researchers, scholars, academics, and students from the North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

Conferences: During its first year the Society held informal meetings in the San Francisco area to discuss the teaching of consciousness studies. It held its first full conference in June of 2014 in San Francisco at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Fifty talks were given at this gathering. Subsequently the society has held yearly conferences alternating between the Institute of Integral Studies on the West Coast, and Yale University on the East Coast. These have included presentations by the original founders as well as prominent guest speakers. Presentations cover a wide range of research and scholarship related to the study of consciousness.

Mail Distribution List: The Society maintains a mail distribution list among its roughly 170 professional and student members.

Professional Journal: The Society edits a professional journal titled CONSCIOUSNESS: Ideas and Research for the Twenty First Century. (ISSN 2575-5552)

The Future of this Organization:
The Society is developing a series of reports on research, scholarship, and applications of consciousness studies.
The Society plans to publish evaluations of university level courses and educational programs teaching consciousness studies.

The Society is presently applying to gain 501c3 status