The Center for Integral Science

Resources for the development of integral science

Science, in the sense of knowing fully, cannot be restricted to objective material, but must, as well, be open to other possibilities of awareness.
- Franklin Merrell-Wolff (1994), p. 305-306.

What is Integral Science?

Science comes from the Latin word to know. Integral means to be whole, comprehensive, and complete. The term Integral Science, thus, refers to a comprehensive method and scope of knowledge.

Like physical science, integral science appeals to direct experience in order to ascertain the truth about reality. Integral science, however, is not limited to perceptual data and conceptual theories about them, but is open to the entire range of experience, and to all our capacities for apprehending truth.

The objects studied by integral science are not limited to physical objects, but include the more subtle objects at deeper levels of being as well.

Since a more profound and comprehensive revelation of truth comes from a more complete openness, the approach of integral science includes cultivation of both wisdom and compassion.

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The development of integral science depends upon collaborative interdisciplinary research, and draws from many diverse areas of human knowledge and experience. The following individuals, organizations,and their publications are relevant to integral science and its development.

Individuals and their Works Relating to Integral Science

Elliot Benjamin

Gregory J Chaitin

David Chalmers

Peter Collins

Allan Combs

Art D'Adamo

Christian de Quincey

Mark Edwards

Francis Heylighen

Piet Hut

Robert G. Jahn

Louis H. Kauffman

Steven Kaufman

Kurt Koller

Jim Kukula

Vic Mansfield

Nicholas Maxwell

Thomas Maxwell

Thomas J. McFarlane

Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Joel Morwood

Kent Palmer

Peter Russell

Rolf Sattler

Bruce Schuman

Henry Stapp

Charles T. Tart

Bas C. van Fraassen

B. Alan Wallace

Ken Wilber

Fred Alan Wolf

Arthur Zajonc

Organizations and Institutes Relating to Integral Science

Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
The Santa Barbara Institute is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education to advance understanding of the nature and potentials of consciousness. Its comprehensive approach integrates the insights and techniques of contemporary science with those of the world's classic contemplative and philosophical traditions.

Kira Institute
Starting from a scientific world view, we ask the question "what else is true?" Our explorations are aimed towards a world view that incorporates the insights gained by science, without subscribing to a reductionistic interpretation that posits science as covering all. In particular, we inquire into the relationships between science and ethics and aesthetics.

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
ASSC promotes research within cognitive science, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities, directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness.

Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona
The Center is a unique institution whose aim is to bring together the perspectives of philosophy, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, the social sciences, medicine, and the physical sciences, the arts and humanities, to move toward an integrated understanding of human consciousness.

The Center for Theology and the Natural Scineces
CTNS is an international non-profit membership organization focusing on the relation between the natural sciences including physics, cosmology, evolutionary and molecular biology, as well as technology and the environment, and Christian theology and ethics.

Institute on Religion in an Age of Science
IRAS is a non-denominational, independent society, one of whose purposes is to formulate dynamic and positive relationships between the concepts developed by science and the goals and hopes of humanity expressed through religion.

William James Center for Consciousness Studies
A research center at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, the William James Center for Consciousness Studies supports a broad range of studies of consciousness and the mind in the spirit of William James.

Institute of Noetic Sciences
IONS is a member organization whose mission is to explore the frontiers of consciousness to advance individual, social, and global transformation.

Zygon Center for Religion and Science (formerly Chicago Center for Religion and Science)
The Zygon Center for Religion and Science is dedicated to relating religious traditions and the best scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment, and to realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice, and responsible patterns of living prevail.

Metanexus Institute
The Metanexus Institute advances research, education and outreach on the constructive engagement of science and religion to develop integrative approaches that enrich the domains of both science and religion.

John Templeton Foundation
The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life's biggest questions. These questions range from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity. The Foundation also administers the annual Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion

Society for Scientific Exploration
The primary goal of SSE is to provide a professional forum for presentations, criticism, and debate concerning topics which are for various reasons ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science. A secondary goal is to promote improved understanding of those factors that unnecessarily limit the scope of scientific inquiry.

Foundation for Mind-Being Research
FMBR was established to assist in the evolution of integrated models that encompass the physical, mental and spiritual. The objective is to bring the new field of consciousness studies into wider recognition as a bona fide field of science.

Integral Institute
The Integral Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Ken Wilber dedicated to bringing the Integral Approach to bear on personal and global issues. By using an Integral approach we can include more aspects of reality, and more of our humanity, in order to become more fully awake and effective in anything we do.

The Mind & Life Institute
The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions.

Horizon Instutute
The Horizon Institute is a non-profit educational organization committed to the process of scientific and spiritual co-exploration. Its goal is to bring together members of our community, other organizations, and seminal thinkers of our time to dialogue in a spirit of collaboration.

Philosophy, Cosmology & Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies
The PCC academic degree program is inspired by a three-fold vision: to revive the original essence of philosophy as the love of wisdom, to pursue a truly multidisciplinary study of cosmology, and to explore the inner worlds of consciousness and the psyche.

Center for Sacred Sciences
Exploring the mystical traditions, their universal principles, and their compatibility with modern science.

The Lucidity Institute
The Lucidity Institute's primary mission is to advance research on the nature and potentials of lucid dreams and consciousness and to apply the results of this research to the enhancement of human health and well-being.

Council on Spiritual Practices
A collaboration among spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion, dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people.

Ways of Knowing
WoK offers a variety of materials, including interviews and submitted articles, exploring questions such as what it really means to know something and how scientific knowing relates to other ways of knowing.

Science and Nonduality
Conferences exploring nonduality, wholeness, and nonseparability from various perspectives including scientific, philosophical, and spiritual.

Nondual Science Institute
The Nondual Science Institute is dedicated to the study of Nondual Sciences. Nondual science attempts to understand how the experience of nonduality can transform our Western Tradition including its science and technology before its globalization destroys our planet.

Postgraduate Programme in Holistic Science at Schumacher College
Holistic Science advocates a participatory science of qualities, values and interactions which underpins an ecological world view. The MSc in Holistic Science explores new transdisciplinary methodologies that go beyond reductionism in understanding whole systems.

Journals, Online Archive, and Other Resources Relating to Integral Science

Integral Review
A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal For New Thought, Research, and Praxis

The Global Spiral
An electronic magazine of Metanexus Institute including interdisciplinary articles and reviews related to science, religion, and philosophy.

Integral World
Explorations of integral theory including an archive of papers, many relating to the works of Ken Wilber

Karl Jaspers Forum
An interdisciplinary international exploring questions concerning the mind-brain relation and 'consciousness'; with some emphasis on clarification of conceptual pre-suppositions.

PSYCHE: an interdisciplinary journal of research on consciousness
A refereed electronic journal dedicated to supporting the interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of consciousness and its relation to the brain.

Online papers on consciousness
An extensive list of online academic papers related to the philosophy of consciousness, compiled by David Chalmers

The Archive of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences
An online archive of spiritual, mystical, and other paranormal experiences that scientists have reported.

Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
JTP connects contemporary educational, scientific, and clinical methods with personal, social, and spiritual understanding. It is concerned with full human awareness, the integration of psychological and spiritual experience, and the transcendence of self.

Journal of Consciousness Studies
JCS is a leading peer-reviewed journal for the interdisciplinary field of consciousness studies.

PhilSci Archive
An electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science.

Laws of Form
A website designed to make more information available about the book Laws of Form by G. Spencer-Brown, and thus to broaden knowledge and appreciation of it.

Principia Cybernetica
Principia Cybernetica tries to tackle age-old philosophical questions with the help of the most recent cybernetic theories and technologies.

The Center for Integral Science web site is created and maintained by Thomas J. McFarlane.
This page was last modified February 2010.