Meetup Summaries

Below is a list of our previous Meetups. For more information and available recordings, click on the title link for the past Meetup event. For notices of upcoming Meetups, see our News and Events section.

24 July 2021: Stephan Schwartz, Mind Rover – Archaeological Exploration with Remote Viewing

The key question of Stephan’s talk is: “Can some aspect of human consciousness obtain sense impressions from a distant locale, the unknown past, or from the future, via an anomalous information channel that can be objectively validated?”

Stephan is a scientist, futurist, and award-winning author and novelist, a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University, and a BIAL Fellow. His daily web publication Schwartzreport.net covers trends that are affecting the future. He has been studying the nature of consciousness for over 40 years, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. He is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. In addition to his own non-fiction works and novels, he is the author of more than 200 technical reports, papers, and academic book chapters, and has written numerous magazine articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, American Heritage, The Washington Post, The New York Times, as well as other magazines and newspapers.

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


19 June 2021: Ulisse Di Corpo and Antonella Vannini:  Syntropy, Life, and Attractors

Most of us are familiar with the concept of entropy, the dissipative process that indicates the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a closed physical system. Entropy is unidirectional and always proceeds forward in time, but it fails to account for many scientific paradoxes, such as life itself. Less well known is its complementary principle: syntropy, the subject of this presentation. Syntropy produces a continuous increase in complexity through the action of attractors that emanate from the future and provides systems with their purpose and design. Rather than generating disorder, syntropy draws individuals and systems together. Syntropy can be regarded as the life force that emanates from the unifying action of love.

Ulisse Di Corpo holds degrees in experimental psychology and a PhD in statistics and social research. He works in the field of social research and provides methodological support and software tools to researchers. In 1977 he developed the vital needs theory, which was the subject of his theses in psychology and statistics and stems from the conflict between syntropy and entropy.

Antonella Vannini is a practicing psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with a PhD in cognitive psychology and has conducted experimental research on emotions and retrocausality. A Thai Chi instructor and expert in martial arts, Vannini is interested in the encounter between East and West. She is now exploring techniques to harmonize mind and body, as well as developing the vital needs theory and the uses of the law of syntropy in the field of psychotherapy.

More about their work can be found at: www.sintropy.org and www.sintropia.it.

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


22 May 2021: Apela Colorado on From Confrontation to Collaboration, Indigenous and Western Sciences at the Crossroads.

Apela Colorado Ph.D., of Oneida-Gaul ancestry, has dedicated her life’s work to bridge Western thought and indigenous worldviews. As a Ford Fellow, Dr. Colorado studied for her doctorate at both Harvard and Brandeis Universities and received her Ph.D. from Brandeis in Social Policy in 1982. She founded the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (WISN) https://wisn.org/ in 1989 to:
• Foster the revitalization, growth, and worldwide exchange of traditional knowledge;
• Safeguard the lives and work of the world’s endangered indigenous culture practitioners;
• Develop an interface with Western science

In 1997, Dr. Colorado was one of twelve women chosen from 52 countries by the State of the World Forum to be honored for her role as a woman leader.

Apela says of herself: My Oneida (tribe) and French ancestry, historically oppositional forces, created a schism in me. I was neither Indian enough nor white enough to live in either world. I had to reconcile my white, French, colonizer genealogy in order to be whole. I began to search, and after many years found my ancestral home in the south of France, the Occitan indigenous people and cultural ceremonies in the Paleolithic painted caves of the Dordogne.

I left a fully tenured university professorship position thirty-two years ago to establish a non-profit organization, the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network, an upstart organization that challenges the world to embrace its Indigenous roots, to admit to our cultural shadows and to join arm in arm to reclaim our heritage of clean air, waters, and earth as the competition increases for the earth’s remaining energy resources (most of which are on Indigenous lands).

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


3 April 2021: David Lorimer on Gnosis in a Future Science of Consciousness.

David is a writer, poet, lecturer, and editor, who is founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, and former President of the Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. He has taught philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, is a founding member of the International Futures Forum, and was a Trustee of the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, among his many contributions and honors.

At the age of 24, David pressed the “Eject” button from his conventional career path in merchant banking and set off on a quest for wisdom and a deeper understanding of life. Since that time, he has devoted his life to education in the broadest sense, and his path has led him to the study of philosophy, meaning and spirituality, consciousness, death and transformation, and responsibility, ethics and society, and he has published over a dozen books that address these concepts. The last 50 years have seen the rise of interest in mystical and near death experiences and their significance for the nature of consciousness and reality. He suggests that these are one expression of no-dual gnosis that can give us an insight into deeper structures of consciousness where head and heart come together, pointing to an overall participatory approach beyond the dichotomy of subject and object.

David’s newly published book, “A Quest for Wisdom: Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life,” brings together 25 of his highly acclaimed essays examining the nature of life and death, questions of meaning and purpose, and the challenge of how we can live more harmoniously together. He hopes that readers will be inspired, as Dr Albert Schweitzer put it, in our common task ‘to become more finely and deeply human.’

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


13 March 2021: Dr. Jim Tucker speaks on Children’s Memories of Past Lives.

Children’s reports of memories from a past life have been the focus of study at the University of Virginia for nearly 60 years. Beginning with Ian Stevenson, researchers have investigated more than 2,500 cases from around the world. Dr. Jim Tucker will provide us with a review of the research, emphasizing recent work on cases in the US.

Jim B. Tucker, MD, is a child psychiatrist and the Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is Director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, where he continues the work of Ian Stevenson on children who report memories of previous lives.

He is the author of two books that together have been translated into twenty languages, Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives (2005) and Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives (2013), a New York Times bestseller.

His publications include numerous papers in scientific journals, and he has given presentations to both scientific and general audiences. He has also been interviewed on such programs as Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, and NPR Weekend Edition.

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


20 February 2021: Don Campbell’s talk, Creativity: It’s Not What You Think, draws on over 30 years of his experience as a sculptor to share how he pushes the creative boundaries of his own work. Citing some of the great artists, innovators and change makers of our time, Don shows artists and non-artists how to:

  • Stimulate the flow of creativity through a process of “deep listening.”
  • Expand listening capacity to include intuition.
  • Express creativity through sensing, not thinking.
  • Align oneself with one’s life’s purpose.
  • Overcome the obstacles that stop most people from following their creative impulse.
  • Achieve “presence” and “stillness,” the essential portals to higher creativity.

Don Campbell is an award winning sculptor who lives in Skillman, New Jersey. His sculptures have been in shows throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Canada. He has taught portrait and figurative sculpting. He works primarily in clay, sculpting realistic portraits and figurative works and likes to explore improvisational sculpting.

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


07 November 2020: In his talk, The Heart and the Field of Collective Consciousness, Rollin McCraty discussed the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), which is examining the interactions between humanity and the earth’s energetic fields. An important aspect of the GCI is the Global Coherence Monitoring System which is designed to measure the resonances in the magnetic fields generated by the earth and ionosphere. Data showing correlations between rhythms in solar, geomagnetic, and ionospheric fields and human nervous system activity will be shown, including data that suggests humanity is far more interconnected with each other and the earth’s magnetic field environment that previously imagined.

Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. is Director of Research of the HeartMath Research Center at the HeartMath Institute. As a psycho-physiologist, Dr. McCraty’s research interests include the physiology of emotion, heart-brain communication and the global interconnectivity between people and the earth’s energetic systems. Findings from this research have been applied to the development of tools and technology to optimize individual and organizational health, performance, and quality of life. He has been featured in a number of documentary films such as I am, The Truth, The Joy of Sox movie, The Power of the Heart, Solar Revolution, Deconstructing Sentience, and The Living Matrix among many others.

You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here.


03 October 2020: In his talk entitled “Evolution, Belief, Gods and Ghosts” Professor Rui Diogo takes a biology-based look at how humans have long made sense of their worlds. The talk integrated research and fascinating case studies from diverse scientific fields to address deep and broad questions and capture the attention of people interested in biology, anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religions, psychology, sociology, or other fields, as well as to all those curious about their daily inner lives.

Dr. Diogo is an associate professor of anatomy at Howard University’s College of Medicine and resource faculty member at George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology. He is the winner of several prestigious awards, and is the author and co-author of more than 100 papers and more than 15 books, one of which has been adopted at medical schools worldwide and another one has often been listed as one of the best ten books on evolutionary biology.
You can watch a recording of this virtual meetup here, or look at his slides here.

Dale Graff: Time Exploration: Perceiving Future News Photographs and other Excursions into Precognition and Synchronicity.  Dale is a retired aerospace engineer/physicist with a background in the aerospace future systems designs and the Gemini space program, followed by work for the military intelligence community exploring the  viability of remote perception.

Michael A. Cremo: Human Origins and Antiquity: A Vedic Perspective. The Vedic historical texts contain accounts of a human presence extending much further back in time than modern science allows. There is archeological evidence consistent with this. Michael will review some examples of such evidence, as documented in his book Forbidden Archeology, and share his experiences in presenting it to scientific audiences.

Michael A. Cremo is an independent researcher in human origins and antiquity. He is a member of the World Archaeological Congress and the European Association of Archaeologists. Cremo is the principal author of the book Forbidden Archeology (mentioned above), a comprehensive historical survey of archaeological anomalies, and is also author of Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin’s Theory. Cremo examines human origins and antiquity from a worldview with foundations in ancient Indian thought.

Wayne Jonas, MD Getting from Health Care to Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Jonas, a practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health and health care delivery, and a widely published scientific investigator, will speak on the need to “get from health care to health and wellness” as explained in his book, How Healing Works, published in 2018 by Ten Speed Press. From 2001-2016, Dr. Jonas was Chief Executive Officer of Samueli Institute, a nonprofit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes in the areas of stress, pain and resilience. Dr. Jonas was Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the NIH from 1995-1999, and prior to that, served as Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Ruth Rosenbaum: The Space of Transformation: Exploring Unseen Dimensions of Healing.  Over thirty years of studies have shown that the most significant factor in positive change in psychotherapy, more important than any particular technique or theory, is the relationship, the bond, between patient and therapist. This talk explores the non-linear, intersubjective nature of this bond and the clues it reveals regarding the paradigm shift that often accompanies deep personal transformation. Ruth Rosenbaum, Ph.D., is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice of psychotherapy for over 25 years. She is also a certified biofeedback therapist, a certified Kundalini yoga instructor, and has studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation with Lama Pema Wangdak. Her clinical work facilitates the integration of mind, body and spirit.

Scott McVay: Stuff on the Edge. From Scott McVay’s book Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things, given five stars by Kirkus, he will choose one-third of 152 stories to weave a tapestry of “Stuff on the Edge.” He is excited at the prospect of beginning with Aimee Morgana and Kisi, a loquacious African grey parrot, and Rupert Sheldrake, tuning the talk to the raison d’etre of the ICRL for maximum interaction. Among the persons to be touched on is the The Dalai Lama, two dolphins with a fidelity almost beyond our comprehension, another who reveals how dolphins can save humans, an Inuit, Raymond Aguvluk, who knows whales beyond the Bowhead and Beluga, the sonic response of Orcas to a wild night of the Aurora borealis, Carl Sagan, Pete Dunne, NJ’s lead birder, the Loch Ness Monster, the turning point of a life, shuffling off the mortal coil…plus a few poems.

Kai Kusinow Leads Tai Chi Workshop, December 8, 2018. Kai Kusinow returns to the ICRL MeetUp series, this time to give a Tai Chi workshop at our next meeting on December 8th. He will review the Woo Style of Tai Chi that is graceful movement for improving balance and stability, and restore good posture. It also helps to bring out inner energy for health and healing. Kai was trained by his mother and the ancient teachers who had taught her in The Woo Style of Thai Chi and a form of Body Alignment healing. He’s been teaching Tai Chi and Body Alignment for almost 25 years.

Aimee Morgana: Animal Art and Consciousness, November 10, 2018.   Aimee Morgana is an artist, researcher, teacher, and founder of The N’Kisi Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of communication with other species and the human-animal bond, most notably in her work in collaboration with the African gray parrot N’Kisi. N’Kisi has learned to communicate using human language. A recent development is that N’Kisi has been making art, including attempts at representational art. He is also using words to describe what he is doing. In this presentation on Animal Art and Consciousness, Aimee will discuss her work with N’Kisi, and show examples of his art and communication. What can this tell us about the animal mind? Learn more.

John Kruth:  New Studies of Unconscious PK Effects on Electronic Devices, Sept. 15, 2018.  John is the Executive Director of the Rhine Research Center (www.rhine.org) and the Founder and Education Director of the Rhine Education Center.  From psychic healing to PK, Kruth explores the energies of the human body and how they influence the world around us, both consciously and unconsciously. Do people produce light, and if they do, can that light carry information or have an effect on the objects, animals, and even other people?  Learn more.

Kai Kusinow: Cosmic Riders and Universal Consciousness, May 19, 2018. Kai was born in Displaced Person Camp in Germany in 1946 and came to the U.S. in 1956. From the age of four, he was trained by his mother and the ancient teachers who had taught her in The Woo Style of Thai Chi and a form of Body Alignment healing. He was also tutored to understand all about the Circle of Life and be one with the Universe and to be able to embrace all. Learn more.

Dr. Roger Nelson:  The Ordering Effect of Consciousness, April 21, 2018. The founder of the Global Consciousness Project will introduce the technology and science of the research, then will give examples showing effects of globally shared emotional states and make some suggestions about meaning and possible mechanisms. …. Learn more.

Brenda J. Dunne:  Quirks of the Quantum Mind – April 7, 2018. Co-author and retired researcher and manager of the PEAR Lab, Brenda will discuss the metaphorical implications of quantum mechanics, suggesting that, like any model of reality, it doesn’t describe physical reality, but rather our subjective experiences of that reality. …. Learn more.

Natalia Perlaza: Sound Based Meditation – December 2, 2017.  Musician Natalia Perlaza has created a sound based meditation that complements our common experience of life and provides a path to attaining wholeness while living “in the world.” ….  Learn more

Dr. William F. Bengston: Can Healing be Reverse Engineered and Made Practical and Scalable? September 23, 2017.  Social Scientist and Healer, Dr. Bengston will describe the most recent results from 35 year of research on anomalous healing and the questions those results pose. … Learn more

Dr. Jay Kappraff: The Mathematics of Design and the Golden Mean April 9, 2016.  Author and lecturer Dr. Jay Kappraff will spoke on the connection between the Parthenon and Ancient Vedic India, plants and planets, and the Golden Mean in design. … Learn more

Ben Kessler:  Author, Activist, and Permaculturalist  –  February 27, 2016.  Ben Kessler is a naturalist, artist, gardener, teacher, activist, and permaculturalist from Afton, VA.  His new collection of essays, Rivers of Wind: Reflections on Nature and Language, will shortly be available through ICRL Press.  The book covers wide ground, from Native American history to neuroscience, extinction ecology to etymology. … Learn more

 Leslie Nolan, Visionary Artist, Designer, Teacher on Intentional Creativity – January 16, 2016. Leslie Nolan, is founder of The Venus Transits: Exploring Your Inner World through Intentional Creativity, and will speak on how consciousness is made manifest through… Learn more

Dr. Neal Grossman, author of “The Spirit of Spinoza: Healing the Mind”  – November 21, 2015. Toward a Post-Materialist Social Order (Back to Plato)Empirical research over the past 100 years has established beyond a reasonable doubt that consciousness is not… Learn more

Professor and Dean Emeritus Robert G. Jahn on the Science of the Subjective  -October 24, 2015.  Bob Jahn, Chairman of the Board of ICRL, and founder and director of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory, spoke on the Science of the… Learn more

Evan Pritchard: The Cultivation of Consciousness in Native American Culture  – June 27, 2015.  Professor Evan Pritchard is a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) and the founder and director of The Center for Algonquin Culture, a group… Learn more

Just in Time for Spring Training! Rick Leskowitz and The Joy of Sox March 14, 2015. What happens when a Harvard psychiatrist combines his research in invisible healing energies with his love of the Boston Red Sox? You get The Joy of Sox: Weird Science… Learn more

Nilton Maltz, Carl Jung scholar January 31, 2015. Nilton Maltz is an Analyst in Training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York City. He attended the School of Visual Arts in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and… Learn more

Jennifer Morgan, author, lecturer, retreat leader and master storyteller. December 6, 2014.  Our next Meetup will feature Jennifer Morgan, award-winning author, educator, lecturer, master storyteller and retreat leader inspired by the work of Maria Montessori,… Learn more

Gabe Sereni, International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) –November 8, 2014.  Our next Meetup will feature Gabe Sereni, a teacher and researcher at the International Academy of Consciousness, a global non-profit research and educational… Learn more

Michael Urheber, author of Bava’s Gift: Awakening to the Impossible– September 20, 2014. Our next meetup will feature author Michael Urheber, whose life changed dramatically when he observed what we would call an “anomalous” event. It first appeared as an… Learn more