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Diana Ali

Diana Ali is a graduate of King’s University College of Western University, where she obtained an Honors Bachelor degree in Psychology. Her undergraduate research on Matrix Energetics was published in the Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research as a co-author to Dr. Imants Baruss and Carolyn Van Lier. For the past 9 years, Diana has been working as a Content Developer at, a youth mental health program that provides information, resources and coping tools to young people struggling with stress, self-harming behaviors, mental health issues and suicide. She believes that the exploration of inner consciousness can lead to personal growth, development and ultimately healing. diana

Greig Andrews

Greig Andrews DC is a PhD student in the Transformative Studies Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, with a concentration in Consciousness Studies. Greig’s dissertation is titled Integral Dialogue. Based on David Bohm’s work with dialogue groups, it offers a model for both expanding and anchoring transformation of consciousness in dialogue groups, augmenting Bohm(ian) dialogue with a transcendent/contemplative component and an embodiment component. This project includes as primary resources Bohm, Krishnamurti, Chaudhuri, Buber, and Skolimowski. Greig’s inquiry is inspired by extensive exploration of ideas about and approaches to meditation, spirituality, and consciousness, combined with decades of intensive study of Network Spinal Analysis, a transformational application of chiropractic (developed by Donald Epstein DC). NSA recognizes wholeness as integration of mind, body, and spirit. Likewise, Dr. Andrews sees mind, body, spirit, consciousness, as essentially not separate, all part of a broad spectrum. DrGreig


Marcus T. Anthony, Ph.D.

Marcus T. Anthony, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, English Language Center, Sino-US College (Beijing Institute of Technology), Zhuhai. Anthony has worked in education for twenty-five years, teaching in Australia, New Zealand, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has held teaching or administrative positions at Trinity College (University of Melbourne), the Beijing No. 2 Foreign Language Institute, the International School of Beijing, and the University of Wales (Bangor) in Sichuan, and Bryant University. Anthony is a prolific writer and public speaker. He has published ten popular and academic books including Integrated Intelligence (Sense Publishers, Copenhagen). He has also published fifty academic journal papers including in FuturesJournal of Futures StudiesForesightThe Journal of General Evolution and The Journal of Nonlocality. His book chapters include chapters in the Causal Layered Analysis ReaderDoctoral Research in Management and Business in Hong Kong, and Neohumanist Educational Futures. mindfutures

Mindy Atkin

Mindy Atkin, Ph.D., ATR-BC LCAT, is a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed creative arts therapist, author and fine artist. Dr. Atkin maintains a private practice in Old Brookville, New York and provides clinical care in several skilled nursing facilities in NewYork. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in New York City and Long Island. Dr. Atkin is the author of, ‘The Healing Power of Creative Expression’: Artwork of Martin Ramirez in Della Pietra, L. (Ed.), Perspectives on Creativity. Her interest in creativity as a healing mechanism promoting flexibility, adaptability and resilience (FAR)™ was the focus of her dissertation research titled, The Long Term Use of Creativity in the Promotion of Healing in a Chronic Psychiatric Inpatient: a Case Study. Dr. Atkin has presented at Yale University, The American Psychological Association (APA), The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Long Island University and various hospitals in New York. Dr. Atkin supervises clinicians seeking licensure. As the Director of a Behavioral Unit serving chronic psychiatric aged adults she incorporated the daily use of creativity resulting in the utilization of the least amount of physical and chemical restraints according to the Department of Health in the State of New York in 2009. It is her goal to incorporate creativity as a therapeutic modality, and promote healing, for many individuals. mindy.atkin


Elizabeth Avetisian

Elizabeth Avetisian is a PhD student in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with concentration in Consciousness Studies and Contemplative Neuroscience at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a background in Information Technology and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. She is interested in consciousness evolution and how it relates to the epistemological system that structures one’s cognitive framework, perceptions, and experiences which shape how one relates and communicates with others and responds to one’s environment. aveliza

Bernard J. Baars, Ph.D

Bernard J. Baars was a former Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. He is interested in human language, the brain basis of consciousness, volition, and a variety of related topics. Baars pioneered a cognitive theory of consciousness called Global Workspace Theory, which is widely cited in philosophy and science. Together with William P. Banks, Baars has edited the journal Consciousness & Cognition for more than fifteen years. He has written an introductory text for cognitive neuroscience, called Cognition, Brain & Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. Baars was founding President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. baarsbj


Wolfgang (“Wolf”) Baer

Wolfgang (“Wolf”) Baer received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked at Ford Aerospace as a mission analyst for meteorological and communication satellites before starting a company to develop computer graphics and simulation software. Dr. Baer held a research professor position at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. He taught courses in network and network programming and specialized in using high speed low cost networked processors to integrate compute intensive real time video realistic battlefield simulation, rapid terrain data base creation algorithms into battlefield knowledge systems, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) mission control systems. His interest in developing UAV vision interpretation systems lead to the analysis of cognitive vision and consciousness studies. Dr. Baer now directs research at Nascent Systems Inc. in cognitive systems development and macroscopic quantum effects leading toward theories integrating subjective and objective experiences. wolf

Nivedha Balakrishnan

I am Nivedha Balakrishnan, pursuing my Masters degree in Biomedical  Engineering at Linkoping University,  Sweden. My coursework is highly  focused towards Neuroimaging, Neurobiology and Neuro-Quantology. I have a deep passion to involve in consciousness  based research and I am looking for opportunities to do the same. Out of  academia, I regularly practice yoga and meditation and I have completed  a course – Diploma in Yoga for Human Excellence from Bharathiyar University, India. This has helped me to understand  consciousness not only from theoretical perspective but also from a  metaphysical view. I am looking to connect with people of the same  interest who are willing to collaborate and contribute to the field of consciousness.


Debashish Banerji, Ph.D.

Debashish Banerji is the former president of the East-West Cultural Center and Sri Aurobindo Center, Los Angeles. Teacher of Asian Art History and Indian Spiritual Culture. Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. Adjunct Faculty, Asian Art History, Pasadena City College, Pasadena; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco; Executive Director, Nalanda International; Ph.D., Indian Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; MA Computer Science, University of Louisville, KY; BA English Literature, Elphinstone College, Bombay University. Debashish Banerji finds himself performing his liminal and dialogic identities from day to day between a variety of cultures, disciplines and social realities. debbanerji


Amelia Barili, Ph.D.

Amelia Barili is researcher and faculty at UC Berkeley, the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute and the Institute of World Religions. Recognizing the potential of university students and the needs of the community, she is dedicated to research how to foster creative thinking and social change by bringing contemplative practices and volunteering into academic settings. She has been very successful in creating and teaching at UCB such interdisciplinary courses as “Borges, Buddhism and Cognitive Science”, “The Embodied Mind: Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Wisdom and Compassion”, “Science and Spirituality” and “Each One Helps One: Neuroplasticity in Action”. All these academic courses include meditation practices at every meeting. Bridging the gap between the university and the community, Barili’s courses integrate intellectual discussion in class with volunteering at local NGO’s that assist refugees, immigrant families and scholars from other cultures. A life-long practitioner and teacher of Classical Yoga and Qigong, she graduated in 1972 from Kaivalyadhama Yoga School in India. She has lived in five continents, studying in many cultures the mind/body/spirit connections. In 2006, she designed and taught “The Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra. She is a Fulbright Fellow and has been distinguished with many awards, among them the UCB Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. ameliab

Imants Barušs PhD

Imants Barušs is Professor of Psychology at King’s University College at Western University where he teaches courses about consciousness. He is the author or co-author of 6 books, 48 papers, 22 reviews, and 97 presentations, mostly about fundamental issues concerning consciousness,  including the book Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness, co-authored with Julia Mossbridge (American Psychological Association, 2017). He is a professional member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, Society for Mathematical Psychology, New York Academy of  Sciences, and the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences of which he a founding member. His web site website: baruss .ca/      email: baruss


Mary Baxter

Mary Baxter is a Ph.D. candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, currently completing her dissertation on the life stories of a group of non-traditional healers. She holds a BA in world religions and spirituality, and an MA in Transformative Leadership. She is a spiritual and energy healer. mary

Purushottama Bilimoria, Ph.D.

Purushottama Bilimoria is an Honorary Assoc. Professor in Philosophy at Deakin University, and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia; Visiting Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. He has held teaching positions and research fellows in Oxford, Harvard, Emory, Columbia, Stony Brook Universities, and The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, 2012. His research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy, comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion; testimony; emotions; bioethics, religion and Indian law. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Sophia, Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics; co-editor of Sophia Series in Cross-cultural Studies of Philosophy and Traditions (Springer).pbilimoria