Larry Dossey, MD
Ian Stevenson, one of the founders of the Society for Scientific Exploration, observed, â€œIt has been wisely said that the question of a life after death is the most important question that a scientist â€” or anyoneâ€” can ask.â€ In spite of the fact that this question has indeed been asked for millennia and is still unresolved, Stevenson was not deterred, stating, "I believe it is better to learn what is probable about important matters than to be certain about trivial ones.â€
Concern about the possible survival of bodily death has been a fascination of parapsychology researchers in the US since the founding of the American Society for Psychical Research in 1885, and an interest of the Society for Scientific Exploration since its founding in 1982. Research has involved approaches such as near-death and out-of-body experiences, mediumistic investigations, children who report previous lives, evidence of global consciousness, and apparently nonlocal manifestations of consciousness such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis and precognition.
In this presentation, physician Larry Dossey will explore the possibility of survival by examining the inadequacy of a materialist approach to consciousness, which forbids the possibility of survival of mind. He will argue that a nonlocal model of consciousness implies infinitude in space (omnipresence) and time (eternality and immortality) for some aspect of who we are; and, if unbounded in space and time, that consciousness must in some sense be unitary and collective. He will discuss the ethical implications of a unitary, collective aspect of consciousness for the many global challenges that currently confront humanity, and why parapsychology may be poised to make a crucial contribution to human survival.
About Larry Dossey
Dr. Larry Dossey has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982.
The author of twelve books and numerous articles, Dr. Dossey is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. He is currently Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States â€“Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.