Professional credibility. Have you ever had your credibility challenged, particularly by sharing the truth of your real-life lived experience? Many scientists and academics have been forced to live very separate personal and professional lives, for fear of their professional credibility being challenged and even losing their jobs and reputation, or worse. Hopefully, all of that is beginning to change. The Universe may be up to something! Two books about the spiritual lives of scientists were published just three months apart. Neither award-winning author knew the other or that they were writing their books. Join co-host, Dr. Paul J. Mills, author of Science, Being and Becoming: The Spiritual Lives of Scientists, and guest, Dr. Marjorie Woollcott, author of Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences, as we explore this important topic!
About our Guest
Marjorie Woollacott, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Human Physiology, and member of the Institute of Neuroscience, at the University of Oregon. She was chair of the Human Physiology Department for seven years. In addition to teaching courses on neuroscience and rehabilitation, she taught courses on complementary and alternative medicine and meditation. She is Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS). Woollacott graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and her M.A. from the University of Oregon in Asian Studies. She was also a research professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Umea in Umea, Sweden, and in the National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille, France.
Woollacott has received over 7.2 million dollars in research funding for her research in child development, aging, rehabilitation medicine and most recently, meditation. Her areas of expertise include: 1) changes in attentional performance skills and underlying neural networks associated with the mental training of meditation and tai chi; 2) the phenomenon of spiritually transformative experiences, including near-death experiences, 3) the development of balance and attentional abilities in children and factors leading to loss of balance function in aging, and in patients with movement disorders, 4) the design of assessment and treatment strategies to improve balance and attentional abilities. These include testing the efficacy of alternative forms of therapy such as tai chi and meditation for improving both attention and balance and gait abilities in patient populations; and 5) the development of musical performance skills in musicians.
Woollacott has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited eight books. She is the co-author, with Dr. Anne Shumway-Cook of the textbook for health care professionals, titled: Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical Practice, in its 6th edition (2021). Her latest book, Infinite Awareness (2015) (winner of eight awards, including the 2017 Parapsychological Association Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Nautilus Book Award) pairs Woollacott’s research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power. Between the scientific and spiritual worlds, she breaks open the definition of human consciousness to investigate the existence of a non-physical and infinitely powerful mind.
CO-HOST, DR. PAUL J. MILLS
Dr. Paul J. Mills is Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of California San Diego. He has over 400 scientific publications in the fields of pharmacology, oncology, cardiology, psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral medicine, and integrative health. He is the author of the book Science, Being, and Becoming: The Spiritual Lives of Scientists published by Light on Light Press. Paul’s book is the 2023 Gold Nautilus Award for Science & Cosmology. Click here for a free excerpt of the book.
HOST DR. JULIE KRULL
As an Evolutionary Leader, award-winning author, dynamic speaker, and popular talk show host, Dr. Julie Krull has her finger on the pulse of transformative change, conscious evolution, and whole system health in these times of sweeping global challenges. Called, "renaissance woman for the dawning unitive age," Dr. Julie is a respected leader, spiritual guide, and co-creative consultant for high impact individuals and organizations ready for radical transformation. She is the host of The Dr. Julie Show: All Things Connected, and Co-Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Good of the Whole.
The Mainstreet Mystics series features authors from the Common Sentience Book Series published by Sacred Stories Publishing and scientists from the work of Dr. Paul J. Mills and his recent book, Science, Being, and Becoming: The Spiritual Lives of Scientists.
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