Stuart R Hameroff

  • Professor, Anesthesiology - (Clinical Scholar Track)

  • Professor, Psychology

   UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, TUCSON

Stuart Hameroff MD grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, working summers at Republic Steel and Cleveland Stadium. At the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1960s, he studied chemistry, physics, mathematics and philosophy of mind. During medical school in the early 1970s at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Hameroff proposed that microtubules were the source of biological intelligence, and perhaps consciousness. Choosing an academic career, Hameroff trained in anesthesiology at the new University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, mentored by the department of anesthesiology’s founding chair, Dr Burnell Brown Jr, MD, PhD. After residency, Hameroff joined the anesthesiology faculty in 1977, a position he still holds as emeritus professor and practicing anesthesiologist.

In the mid 1990s Hameroff teamed with famed British physicist Sir Roger Penrose to develop a quantum theory of consciousness (‘orchestrated objective reduction’, ‘Orch OR’) based on microtubule quantum computing. Beginning in 1994, with professor and former department head Al Kaszniak in Psychology, the late professor Alwyn Scott in mathematics, and subsequently philosophy (and Regents) professor David Chalmers, Hameroff started an interdisciplinary, international conference series ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’ held in even-numbered years in Tucson, and odd-numbered years elsewhere around the world. In 1998, with Kaszniak and Scott, and a 1.4 million dollar grant from the Fetzer Institute, Hameroff co-founded the University of Arizona Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS), served as associate director, and succeeded Kaszniak and then Chalmers, as director in 2004.  With CCS moving administratively to anesthesiology, and Abi Behar-Montefiore as assistant director, CCS has subsisted since 2004 entirely on conference registration fees and small grants, and has supported relevant research.

Hameroff also collaborates with professors Jack Tuszynski at the University of Alberta, and Travis Craddock at Nova Southeastern on molecular modeling of microtubules, memory via CaMKII phosphorylation, and non-polar anesthetic and psychoactive drug actions in microtubule ‘quantum channels’. Quantum non-locality implied for consciousness has attracted interaction with Deepak Chopra, and the inaugural ‘Rustum Roy’ award  in 2011.

Hameroff has written or edited 5 books, over a hundred scientific articles and book chapters, lectured around the world, and appeared in the film ‘WhattheBleep?’ and numerous TV shows about consciousness on BBC, PBS, Discovery, OWN and History Channel.

Brenda J. Dunne

  • President & Treasurer

   INTERNATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH LABORATORY (ICRL)

Brenda Dunne holds degrees in psychology and the humanities from Mundelein College in Chicago (1976), and a MS in Human Development from the University of Chicago (1979). She was manager of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory since 1979, in which capacity she supervised the full spectrum of PEAR activities and oversaw research projects of visiting scholars and student interns. Since 1986 she has been a Councilor of the Society for Scientific Exploration and serves on its Executive Committee as Education Officer. She is also President and Treasurer of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL). She also serves as Education Officer of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

With Robert Jahn, she is co-author of three major textbooks on consciousness-related anomalies. Her main interests lie in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of consciousness that incorporate metaphysical as well as scientific traditions.

Louis A. Ritz

  • Department of Neuroscience 

  • Honors Professor of the Year

   UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE

Louis A. Ritz, Ph.D. is on the faculty of the Department of Neuroscience, within the University of Florida College of Medicine and the McKnight Brain Institute. For many years his focus was on medical and graduate education. He was a course director for Clinical Neuroscience, taken by second year medical students, and is co-author of the textbook “Medical Neuroscience”. He was selected, based on an Educational Portfolio,

as a member of the College of Medicine’s “Society of Teaching Scholars” in 2006.

 

At the University of Florida he also is Director of a campus-wide Center for Spirituality and Health, which offers workshops, academic programs, and interdisciplinary research ventures exploring the impact of spirituality on health. For the undergraduate Honors Program Dr. Ritz directs two courses, “Spirituality and Health” and “Neurotheology.” The Honors students named Dr. Ritz the “2018 Honors Professor of the Year.”

Tom Aechtner

  • Senior Lecturer in Religion and Science

   THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Tom Aechtner is Lecturer in Religion and Science at the University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, St. Lucia, Australia. His primary interests lie in contemporary religion-science discourse, with a focus on religiously motivated antievolutionism, antivaccinationism, mass persuasion, and public perceptions of science. Tom earned his doctorate at the University of Oxford, he holds an MA in religious studies from the University of Calgary, and a BSc in biological sciences from the University of Alberta.

Howard J. Resnick

  • Founder and Director

   KRISHNA WEST

Howard Resnick (H.D. Goswami) began his studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he participated in the political and cultural movements of the late sixties. In 1969, after attending a lecture delivered by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, he began visiting the Berkeley ISKCON temple and in 1970, was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava school of bhakti yoga under the guidance of Prabhupada. He spent the following 20 years establishing over 40 ISKCON centers and supervising the translation, publication, and distribution of millions of Prabhupada’s books throughout Central and South America, Italy and Greece.

Resnick returned to the University of California in 1991 as a student of World Religions. After graduating, he continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in Sanskrit & Indian Studies in 1996. While completing his Harvard education, he set historical precedence with a perfect mark on the Sanskrit comprehensive exam. Having published articles with Harvard University Press, University of California Press, and Columbia University Press, he has also held visiting professorships at the Graduate Theological Union, UCLA, and the University of Florida.

Fluent in seven languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, and Sanskrit), Resnick recently completed translations of the Bhagavad-gita and the first canto of the Bhagavata-purana. He has established Krishna West to help facilitate ISKCON’s outreach to Western audiences.