The International Symposium on Conscientiological Research is a meeting at which researchers from within and outside of the new science of conscientiology discuss ideas related to epistemology, ontology, and research methodology within first-person consciousness science, taking into account multidimensionality. It unites fellow consciousness researchers from around the world who share an interest in debating and establishing more advanced scientific principles that acknowledge multidimensional reality.

The Symposium offers a great opportunity to:

  • Learn about leading-edge methodologies for conscientiological research
  • Hear leading researchers’ views of solutions for conducting non-physical & subjective research
  • Enjoy debates and panel discussions about methodologies and research priorities
  • Get a deeper appreciation of the complexities of scientifically exploring multidimensional reality
  • Be part of a groundbreaking, pioneering effort to strengthen the foundations and development of new scientific disciplines.

The types of topics typically covered include:

  • Epistemology (how do we know what we know?) and Ontology (what are the essential objects, properties and relations that exist?)
    • Organization and presentation of the conscientiological standpoint and cross-comparison with current ontological and epistemological discussions
  • Methodology
    • Types of methods for data collection in consciential (or conscientiological) research and their application to self-research, formal research, and mixed self-research and formal research
    • Types of methods for data analysis in consciential research: the methods available and their applicability; and formulation of new methods with a focus on the needs and particularities of consciential research
  • Variables: Types of variables in consciential research and their characteristics
  • Generalizations: Evaluating and establishing the criteria and specifications for making generalizations in consciential research
  • Validation: Formulation of validation criteria

Other papers cover topics such as:

  • Publication: Existing means of dissemination of research results and their specific audiences and niches; Writing standards and strategies; Existing material/personnel to support consciential researchers
  • Support: Devising means of informing about and encouraging further consciential research
  • Status: Presentation of ongoing research projects and their methodology and status
  • Authorship: Credit, reference, authorship, copyright, patent
  • Affiliation: Organizational, independent and affiliated research

The First International Symposium on Conscientiological Research was held in October, 2005 at the IAC’s research campus in Evoramonte, Portugal. Topics included:

  • Conscientiological Research: An overview of our current status, limitations, and proposals for the future, by Jane Lloyd, New York, USA
  • Metempiricism and conscientiological research, by Mike Lydon, New York, USA
  • The Self-Research Database: A Global, Integrative Conscientiological System for Collecting and Organizing Experiences and Ideas, by Gabriel Sereni, New York, USA
  • Epistemology and methodology under the consciential paradigm: An examination of how scientific knowledge may be arrived at in conscientiology, by Dave Lindsay, New York, USA
  • Paradigmatic Evolution: Guiding an Emerging Reality, by Vincent Herzog & Nelson Abreu, Florida, USA
  • The context of the Conscientiological Community and the creation of the Scientific Council of UNICIN, by António Pitaguari, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
  • Conscientiological Research: The need for data analysis methods tailored for the consciential paradigm and multidimensional reality, by Nanci Trivellato, London, UK

The Second International Symposium on Conscientiological Research was held on October 18 and 19, 2008, again taking advantage of IAC’s Portugal research campus as the venue. The following papers were presented:

  • A Research Methodology for Self Investigation of Parapsychic Signals, by Ashley Melidosian, New York, USA
  • Conscientiological Constructivism: Where does science help or hinder our self-research?, by Jane Lloyd, New York, USA
  • Energetic Games: Models of Self-Research and Bioenergetic Development, by Thomas D. Abraham, New York, USA
  • Originality in Conscientiology, by Luis Minero, Los Angeles, USA
  • Measurable Attributes of the Vibrational State, by Nanci Trivellato, Evoramonte, Portugal
  • Validity of participative observation applied to parapsychic group work, by Veronica Serrano, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
  • A research approach to the Vibrational State via the Study of Brain Activity, by Wagner Alegretti, Evoramonte, Portugal

The second Symposium also featured a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Journal of Conscientiology, as well as the presentation of the first IAC Global Award for Scientific Contributions to Conscientiology. We were very proud to award the inaugural prize to Malu Balona, of Brazil, for her proposal of Foreigner Syndrome as laid out in her book of the same name. For more information about the IAC Global Award for Scientific Contributions to Conscientiology, and for more about the 2008 recipient, please click here.

For more information on the symposium and how to submit a paper or attend, please contact your local IAC educational center.