IAC follows scientific principles without being limited to a reductionist, materialistic, Newtonian-Cartesian research paradigm predominant nowadays in mainstream science, which considers reality to consist solely of a material universe operating under physical laws.
Our collective personal experiences and consciential laboratory experiments strongly suggest that the consciousness can operate in a multidimensional reality. Rather than dismissing the ‘psychic,’ ’spiritual,‘ or ‘transcendent’ experiences reported by millions of people around the world as illusory, we aim to research these experiences in an unbiased, rational, and participative manner. We call this novel paradigm that arises from and underlies our research and education approaches, the consciential paradigm.
The underlying notion of the consciential paradigm is that consciousness is not a by-product of matter or energy, but another property or element of reality. Hence, its study may not be complete without acknowledging the direct, personal experience of non-ordinary phenomena experienced by the consciousness. This extends beyond the approaches of physics, biology, neuroscience and other conventional sciences.
The major challenge that presents itself for the consciential paradigm is how to conduct science beyond material reality in the absence of objective, physical measurement. Within the consciential paradigm, a single, subjective observation is problematic, since it is difficult to distinguish a factual observation from imagination, fabrication, distorted perception, wishful thinking, or a purely subjective altered state. An evolving scientific consensus develops through the comparison and contrast of accounts of experiencer-researchers, many of whom are trained in both science and intentional psi phenomena.
For this approach to remain scientific, it is critical that any and all hypotheses be subject to the tests of reason, competing subjective, intersubjective, and objective evidence, and alternative models. A consensus should be relative, limited, and temporary, as it is in conventional sciences, with researchers representing multiple schools of thought even while considering the same data.
Hence, according to IAC, conscientiology should have a different approach than that of religions, closed groups, or totalitarian communities which, on the other hand, are dominated by a small group of influential individuals, many times considered infallible or more advanced. This can result in anti-scientific, ethnocentric, politicized, centralized, homogeneous, biased, or rarely challenged viewpoints. Mindful of these pitfalls, IAC is preventing conscientiology, a cutting-edge neo-science, from devolving away from scientific principles. IAC defends a heterogeneous, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, ethical, participative science of subjective, multidimensional consciousness experiences (psi phenomena). To remain a science, conscientiology must never divorce itself from reason, logic, coherence, healthy skepticism, questioning, independence, and diversity.
Science has no owner, no central individual, group, location, or institution that may control it. IAC is no exception to this rule. Every science, including conscientiology (consciousness science), must develop and progress based on the accumulation of evidence, debate, replication, and refutation of published research. For science to evolve, it must be open to technical speculation that questions even those ideas that are considered absolutely “proven.” As such, a scientific publication should have no censorship; hence, peer-review should be aimed at promoting original, well-supported, and well-structured work.
Science is motivated by a universal pursuit of knowledge that frees our minds, enlightens us about the nature of self and the reality we inhabit, advances our technological progress, and results in greater wellness for civilization. Ethics, progress, evolution, the pursuit of cutting-edge relative truths, and the well-being of our fellow humans should be the basis and driving force for all scientific research, projects, publication or discussion.
Conscientiology, like any other science, should consider scientific contributions on their own merits, without discrimination based on institutional affiliation, country of origin or residence, gender, profession or cultural background.