The belief in a greater spiritual reality and its healing role in our individual and collective lives has been held by vast numbers of people and religions throughout recorded history. On the other hand, conventional Western science traditionally has assumed the opposite; that Spirit does not exist, and that the explanations for healings observed in the context of spiritual practices must be the result of spontaneous healing or of mind-body/belief/placebo effects.
But now Gary E. Schwartz using conventional methods of science has collected a wealth of new evidence that directly addresses these issues. He will present provocative new material from his forthcoming book The Sacred Promise that will summarize some spontaneous experiences from his own personal life, some exploratory investigations where the scientists test new procedures using themselves as the subjects, and finally some formal laboratory experiments that follow university approved protocols as appropriate.
This material and its implications will be of special interest to the scientists and lay public who regularly attend Rhine activities. And there will be ample time for audience interaction and reaction.
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he served as professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988. He has published more than four hundred scientific papers and co-edited eleven academic books. He is the author of The Afterlife Experiments, The G.O.D. Experiments, The Energy Healing Experiments, and the forthcoming The Sacred Promise