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Science and Ideas Group.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Ashby Village Office
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94707

Gerald S Abrams
Interest Group
Registration is recommended
No Fee

RSVP: Not required

When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:00-5:00 pm

Where:  Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Open to: All

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible


Ashby Village member Professor emeritus Charles T Tart will lead a discussion on new and relatively unknown research that is the scientific and scholarly study of "spiritual" and "religious" phenomena (what people experience, not what doctrines they create around them), to start to see what might be true about reality, what's often delusional, what's helpful to people, what's harmful, etc.  Discussion from participants will be welcome.

Charley Tart is an emeritus UC Davis psychology professor. He has centered his award-winning research on mind and consciousness, its nature, variations and applications for more than half a century. He started with research on nighttime dreams, hypnosis and psychedelic drugs and, over the years, expanded into meditation, parapsychology, what the essence of scientific method is, and transcendent experiences.  His 1969 anthology Altered States of Consciousness was an important factor in stimulating psychologists to study consciousness after Behaviorism had pretty much ignored it for decades. His 1975 Transpersonal Psychologies, which made the psychology inherent in various spiritual systems more open to the Western mind, made him one of the founders of the young field of Transpersonal Psychology.  The results of some of his experimental work at UCD were important in how US intelligence agencies employed the mind's psychic functioning during the Cold War. 

Many of Professor Tart's published articles are available at and he has numerous informal essays on these various topics at

Join a dynamic group of individuals who enjoy sharing and discussing science-focused topics. Each month the group selects a new topic to focus on via their online email forum. Speakers and/or readings often support the lively discussions.

Monthly areas of focus will be posted here once finalized.

Contact Gerry Abrams at with inquiries about the next meeting.