This community is for anyone who has had an experience -- whether they classify it as 'spiritual' or not-- that they cannot explain with our current understanding of science. Join in conversation with a growing group of curious scientists who are unafraid to ask difficult questions about the nature of our reality. In this space, we'll be sharing our experiences and exploring how we might begin to understand them.
This movement began when neuroscientists Mona Sobhani and Allison Paradise held an off-site event at the 2022 Society for Neuroscience meeting to discuss science and spirituality. Mona and Allison continue to help coordinate and grow the community.
founder, Neuroscientist, Author, leader in Neuroscience, Spirituality, Technology, Health
Mona Sobhani, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist, author, and entrepreneur. A former research scientist at the University of Southern California, she holds a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University with the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project. She is now co-founder and Head of Research at Pala, a platform that delivers trusted wisdom in short, engaging, and relatable videos using scientifically-proven methods that accelerate personal and professional growth. She also served as a scholar for the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, VOX, and other media outlets. She is the author of Proof of Spiritual Phenomena: A Neuroscientist’s Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe (Park City Press/Inner Traditions), in which she details her transformation from a diehard scientific materialist to an open-minded spiritual seeker. In the Brave New World of Psychedelic Science newsletter, she writes about the psychedelic renaissance and consciousness.
Mona's work is available on her website and through the Psychedelic Renaissance newsletter on Substack.
founder, Neuroscientist, TEDx Speaker, Author, Mentor, Guide
Allison is the founder and CEO of The Epicenter and author of the children's book The Mistake. The Epicenter empowers children and young adults to re-connect with their authentic selves and their limitless potential. Allison is the founder and former CEO of My Green Lab, a non-profit organization with a mission to create a culture of sustainability through science. Under her leadership, My Green Lab became a global leader that has transformed the life sciences industry to be more sustainable. Allison worked as a research scientist and imaging consultant before founding My Green Lab. Allison holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard. She is a frequent keynote speaker and in 2019 was invited to give a TED talk about her work in sustainability.
Allison studied neuroscience with the hope of understanding the seemingly inexplicable phenomena she regularly experienced. She is excited to continue her search into the unexplained with such an open-minded group of scientists.