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Philadelphia Chapter Event: Why Meditate? Scientific and Practical Aspects of Meditation

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4‑5:30pm EDT
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Contact: Emily Keshner

Join us on for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Marjorie Woollacott, a neuroscientist and educator, about the links between meditation and consciousness and the neuroscientific evidence for accessing consciousness through the practice of meditation.

Dr. Woollacott will discuss how our need to structure and define the natural world through the science establishment limits our ability to explore and understand consciousness. She will share different perspectives on the nature of consciousness and present neuroscientific evidence for the consciousness as a fundamental element that can be accessed through the practice of meditation.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  1. What does the scientific evidence show about the impact of meditation on the brain?

  2. Is there a link between meditation and creativity?

  3. How does our desire to understand the brain interfere with our understanding of consciousness?

  4. What does the evidence from near-death experiences teach us about the nature of consciousness?

Dr. Emily Keshner will serve as moderator and there will be time at the end for questions from participants.


Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor and prior chair of the Dept. of Human Physiology, and member of the Institute of Neuroscience, at the University of Oregon. She taught courses in neuroscience and rehabilitation, as well as complementary medicine and meditation. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences (AAPS) and Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Dr. Woollacott has received over 7.2 million dollars in research funding for her research in child development, rehabilitation medicine and most recently, meditation and spiritual awakening. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited eight books. Her latest book, Infinite Awareness (2015) (winner of eight awards, including the 2017 Parapsychological Association Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Nautilus Book Award), pairs Woollacott’s research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power. 

Zoom link will be provided in advance.

Material from, 01:34:19 October 21, 2021.
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