Scientific and Medical Network

Galileo Commission Report

Beyond a Materialist Worldview – Towards an Expanded Science

by Prof Dr Harald Walach

The Galileo Commission is a project of the Scientific and Medical Network (, the principal aim of which is to challenge the adequacy of scientific materialism or scientism as an exclusive basis for knowledge and values.

The Galileo Commission is represented by a distinguished group of over 90 scientific advisers affiliated to 30 universities worldwide. Many of these advisers were active contributors during our consultation process leading up the publication of the Galileo Commission Report, written by Professor Harald Walach.

The Commission fully supports scientific methodology but is highly critical of scientism. The Report is a rigorously argued challenge to the materialist and mechanistic assumptions widely prevalent and influential within the scientific community, whereby humans are just complex biological machines devoid of free will and living in a purposeless universe. It argues that these assumptions can only be maintained by refusing to ‘look through the telescope’ at evidence indicating that consciousness may be fundamental and go beyond the brain.

In a world dominated by science and its largely unexamined philosophical assumptions, the Galileo Commission Report seeks to open up public discourse and to find ways to expand the scope of science so that it is no longer constrained by an outmoded view of matter and physical reality, and can openly explore and accommodate significant human experiences.

The Report is available for free download at, where you can also find links to order printed copies. We invite you to support the initiative by becoming a professional affiliate or friend, and to publicise the Report on your own website and in social media.

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Whe I nread the Galileo Commission Report, which includes the names of many highly respected advisors from the general scientific community, I was encouraged to see that the materialist view that consciousness is solely the product of brain activity has been challenged in a detailed, clear, and very convincing document. My hope is that the scientific community at large will consider this body of research, which is based on an emerging post-materialist scientific framework, in a thoughtful and professional way, and conclude that it makes a powerful case for consciousness as a primary element of nature rather than a product of biological processes.

Marjorie Woollacott, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Institte of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, President, Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences (AAPS).