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The Consciousness Lab

Updated October 13, 2021

"Exploring the mind frontier is essential and the key to successful exploration is a greater psychic awareness. The mind is rich in unfathomed resources ripe for exploration, a limitless source of treasures for advancing all mankind, and a serious threat to those who ignore its potential. We must overcome our psychic inhibitions, stop denying the existence of paranormal events, and start trying instead to understand the nature of these phenomena."—Dolan M. McKelvy, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, May 1988

I have a primary interest in the fundamental nature of consciousness and the practical applications of the knowledge gained from such research. I agree with McKelvy's assessment. We have barely begun this work and the impact of the practical applications is enormous. My lines of research in the past, in chronological order, have included mathematical logic, quantum mind, beliefs about consciousness and reality, altered states of consciousness, anomalous phenomena, self-transformation, the flicker theory of reality, and the theory of meaning fields. Rather than summarizing them here, readers can just follow the paper trail on the Publications page. Completed student projects can be found on the Thesis Supervision page. What I will do here is to list the projects that my students and I are involved with at this time.

Moi: I am writing a monograph about death as an altered state of consciousness.

PhD student in Theory and Criticism: A philosophical inquiry about the veridical nature of near-death experiences. Successfully completed.

BA student thesis in Psychology: A second survey of Finders Course alumni to seek to determine the level of integration of living in persistent transcendent states of consciousness with social functioning. Completed. Manuscript awaiting publication in Psychology of Consciousness.

Undergraduate Independent Study student in Psychology: Psychological parameters and possible entity influence in random event generator experiments using both psychologically healthy participants as well as psychiatric out-patients. Completed. Presented at an annual meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration as well as several other research venues. Manuscript awaiting publication in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases.

Research Assistant: Survey of afterdeath communication using cell phones. Completed. Results presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

BA student thesis in Psychology: Reliability problems with Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Manuscript being prepared for submission for publication.

BA student thesis in Psychology: Relationships between spirituality, transcendent beliefs, and psychological wellbeing. Completed.

BA student thesis in Psychology: Development and implementation of a measure of the will as conceptualized in psychosynthesis and its relationship to self-determination theory and self-regulation theory in both undergraduate student and community substance abuse populations. Completed.

BA student thesis in Psychology: Spiritual aspects of global crises. Design stage.

MA student at Columbia University: The impact of death on living. Design stage.

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