SAND 2011 is a journey and exploration of the nature of awareness from the perspective of modern science, ancient traditions, philosophy, phenomenology, psychology and direct experience. Hear presentations of world-renowned quantum physicists, scientists, lecturers and authors like John Hagelin, Stanislav Grof, Lynne McTaggart, Fred Alan Wolf, Menas Kafatos, Gangaji, Rupert Spira, David Peat, Dean Radin, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Jeff Foster and many more, over this four-day conference.
The theme which we will be exploring this year is Time. What is time and does it really exist? Linear, nonlinear time, eternal now, infinity… SAND 2011 will be an exploration of the concept and paradox of time from the perspective of modern science, ancient traditions, philosophy, phenomenology, psychology and of course direct experience.
Italian-born Maurizio Benazzo has worked in film and television in a variety of roles, both in front of and behind the camera.
Recent camera credits include a series about New York for RAI Television, Italy; producer and on-screen presenter for "Gotham" -- a highly acclaimed offbeat magazine series for Metro TV, New York; and many more.
Maurizio co-produced "At The Movies", which was first broadcast in Brazil and featured Helena Duncan and Nelson Motta. It was later adapted for RAI, Italy, and featured Giovanna Calvino, Salman Rushdie and Isabella Rosellini.
A successful screen actor, Maurizio has appeared in numerous feature films, TV shows and commercials.
Apart from his film and television work, Maurizio also serves as president of HealthShare International. a non-profit organization dedicated to providing health training and educational sponsorship to indigenous groups in the rainforests of South America.
John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert, and leading proponent of peace. Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center).
His scientific contributions in the fields of electroweak unification, grand unification, super-symmetry and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. He is also responsible for the development of a highly successful Grand Unified Field Theory based on the Superstring.
Dr. Hagelin is unique among scientists in being the first to apply this most advanced knowledge for the practical benefit of humankind. He has pioneered the use of Unified Field-based technologies proven to reduce crime, violence, terrorism, and war and to promote peace throughout society with technologies derived from the ancient Vedic science of consciousness.
From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.
Rupert’s first book is "The Transparency of Things," subtitled "Contemplating the Nature of Experience,". His second book, "Presence Volume I The Art of Peace and Happiness and Presence Volume II The Intimacy of All Experience" has been currently released by Non-Duality Press.
Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D.
Fred Alan Wolf is a world-renowned physicist, writer, and lecturer who also conducts research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the author of 12 books, 3 audio CD courses, many scientific and popular articles, and received the National Book Award for Taking the Quantum Leap.
He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and was Professor of physics at San Diego State University for twelve years as well as visiting professors at many international universities including the Universities of Paris and London.
Dr. Wolf has appeared in many nationally released films including "What the Bleep Do We Know?", "The Secret", "The Evidence for Heaven", "Star Trek IV, Special Collector's edition discussing " 'Time Travel: The art of the possible.'", "Spirit Space", and many other films.
John Hagelin, president of the David Lynch Foundation, discusses the recent revelation that neutrinos may travel faster than light. He explains that if a particle travels faster than that, then it "arrives before it left," which would mean "we have to really throw out everything in terms of causation, cause and effect, and all of that."
Measured or measurable period. More broadly, it is a continuum that lacks spatial dimensions. Philosophers have sought an understanding of time by focusing on the broad questions of the relation between time and the physical world and the relation between time and consciousness. Those who adopt an absolutist theory of time regard it as a kind of container within which the universe exists and change takes place, and believe that its existence and properties are independent of the physical universe. According to the rival relationist theory, time is nothing over and above change in the physical universe. Largely because of Albert Einstein, it is now held that time cannot be treated in isolation from space (seespace-time). Some argue that Einstein's theories of relativity vindicate relationist theories, others that they vindicate the absolutist theory. The primary issue concerning the relation between time and consciousness is the extent, if any, to which time or aspects of time depend on the existence of conscious beings. Events in time are normally thought of in terms of notions of past, present, and future, which some philosophers treat as mind-dependent; others believe that time is independent of perception and hold that past, present, and future are objective features of the world. See alsogeologic time, Greenwich Mean Time, standard time, Universal Time.