Metaphysics & Psychology
Scientists compete to win $100,000 consciousness research prize
By T.K. Randall
May 11, 2023 · 8 comments
What is consciousness ? Image Credit: Pixabay / darksouls1
More than 100 projects have been put forward in a bid to unlock the secrets of consciousness.
The $100,000 Linda G. O'Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize, which is being offered by the California-based Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), aims to recognize 'groundbreaking research in the field of consciousness' - a subject that has long proven particularly challenging to study.
In a recent press release, the institute revealed that there had been 108 applicants in total and that, out of these, 10 finalists had been picked to battle it out in phase two.
The specific topics presented by these final 10 are as intriguing as they are diverse, focusing on everything from the connection between consciousness and quantum mechanics to the development of methods for testing out-of-body and near-death experiences.
Each of the participants hopes to make enough of an impact on the field of consciousness research to impress the judges and win the prize.
"We are thrilled to have received such a diverse and fascinating group of proposals from around the world," said scientist and judging panel member Arnaud Delorme.
"The prize is a driving force to clarify what consciousness actually is and how it functions at a more fundamental level. IONS looks forward to identifying and announcing the winner in the coming weeks."
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