Society for Consciousness Studies

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The Society for Consciousness Studies (SCS) is a professional scholarly organization which began in San Francisco[1]; it aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to consciousness studies.[2][3] Professor Allan Combs, PhD is the founder and President,[4][5] and founding members of SCS 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 Society for Consciousness Studies began in 2012 as a collaboration between a group of consciousness scholars seeking a professionally rigorous but philosophically open forum for communication with each other and collaborate on research and scholarly projects.[1]

During its first year the Society had 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 Society 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 such as Ervin Laszlo, a nominee for the Nobel Prize.[1][3][4][5]

Membership and Publications[edit]

The Society for Consciousness Studies has grown to over 170 present members, including a number of doctoral students and scholars from Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

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

The society is now moving toward a two-tiered membership that will include Incidental Short Reports on of research, scholarship, and application fields that are influenced by consciousness studies.

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


  1. ^ a b c d 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.