Society for Consciousness Studies

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The International Society for Consciousness Studies (ISCS) is a professional scholarly organization founded in San Francisco[1]. The Society aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to human and animal consciousness studies.[2][3] Allan Combs is the founder and President,[4][5] and founding members of ISCS include Combs, Imants Barušs, Julie Mossbridge, Jeffrey Martin, Ben Goertzel, Stephen A. Schwartz, Chris Fields, Laurel McCormick, Stanley Krippner, Carolyn Cooke, Frank Echenhofer, Jayne Gackenbach, Eugene Taylor, Etzel Cardeña, Zoran Josipovic, James Clement van Pelt, and Kate Noble.[1]


The ISCS began in 2012 as a collaboration among a group of scholars in the nascent field of consciousness studies who were seeking a professionally rigorous but philosophically open forum for communication with each other and for collaborating on research and scholarly projects.

During its first year, the ISCS held several informal meetings in the San Francisco area to discuss the teaching of consciousness studies. It held its first full conference in June 2014 in San Francisco at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Fifty talks and were presented at this conference. During subsequent years the ISCS has held yearly conferences alternating between the West Coast in San Francisco and the East Coast at Yale University. Presenters have represented a wide range of research and scholarship, including the original founders of the Society and world-renowned speakers in the field such as Deepak Chopra, Nancy Ellen Abrams, Bernard Baars, and Ervin Laszlo.[1][3][4][5]

The 2019 Conference, "Consciousness and Spirit II", is to be held at the []Yale Divinity School]\ May 31-June 2. The first "Consciousness and Spirit" conference was presented there in 2008 by the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness.

Membership and Publications[edit]

Over the past three years, ISCS membership has grown to over 170 present members, including doctoral students and scholars from Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

As of 2018, notable members on the Society's board of directors include Combs, Imants Barušs, Deepak Chopra, Ben Goertzel, and Stanley Krippner.

The Society has a two-tiered membership that includes Incidental Short Reports on research, scholarship, and application fields that are influenced by consciousness studies.

The Society will also publish and review programs and courses on consciousness studies in the U.S. and overseas, as well as publishing incidental reviews of important publications.


  1. ^ a b c Society for Consciousness Studies. "Purpose and History". SCS. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  2. ^ MacIsaac, Tara (February 27, 2015). "A Place for Consciousness Studies in Academia? Professor Helps Pave the Way". Epoch Times.
  3. ^ a b "2015 Society for Consciousness Studies Conference". Retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Society of Consciousness Studies (Fall 2015). "Consciousness - Editorial Board". Retrieved Feb 15, 2018.
  5. ^ a b CIIS Center for Consciousness Studies. "Society of Consciousness Studies - About". Retrieved Feb 15, 2018.