In 2003, I-ACT co-founder Nelson Abreu started Science of Self Club, one of the first consciousness-centered university student organizations, at University of Florida. The same year, with input from I-ACT's Nanci Trivellato, MSc and sponsored by UF's Center for Spirituality and Health, Nelson helped Barbara Welsch, PhD design one the first curricular university courses on consciousness (PSY4930: Intro to Consciousness Studies / PSY 4906: Non-Local Consciousness). The course covered local and non-local perspectives on consciousness, along with the history, epistemology, theory, and current research in consciousness studies. Guest speakers included the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory's Brenda Dunne, MS and Bob Jahn, PhD.
It was with great enthusiasm that we learned University of Washington took it to the next level with its undergraduate course and the first-ever minor in the field. Paul Revis, one of our very own co-founders, is director of development at UW's Center for Education and Research in Consciousness (CERC). The program is again set to make history in consciousness education by developing the world's first integrated undergraduate and graduate programs at a public university. CERC’s goal is to raise an initial endowment of $250,000 to launch the development of comprehensive consciousness programs at the University of Washington Bothell, supporting faculty recruitment, cutting-edge research, community partnerships, scientific symposia, and continuing education programs. Together, we can achieve it.
CERC is the brain-child of Kathleen Nobel, PhD and its advisory board counts with some of the most respected names in our field: Dean Radin, PhD; Rupert Sheldrake, PhD; Stanley Krippner, PhD; Larry Dossey, MD; Julia Mossbridge, PhD and Allan Combs, PhD. CERC will be in a unique position to educate a new generation of scholars, scientists, and researchers, inspiring them toward a greater awareness and respect for themselves, others, and the planet. Additionally, it will be a source of evidence-based innovation for our field of applied consciousness science. It will help us continue to develop practical techniques and technologies to address the personal, organizational, local and planetary challenges of our time. CERC will be a burgeoning model for the development of consciousness programs at universities around the world.
In a previous posts, we made the case for why consciousness science and practice can be an important part of paradigm shift for what's next. We encourage you to make a contribution of any level and to rally your friends and colleagues to do the same.