In "The Primacy of Consciousness," presented at the Physics of Consciousness converence in Virginia, 2004, Peter Russell explored the mystery of consciousness from both scientific and mystical perspectives, showing how light is intrinsic to both, and giving a coherent argument as to why consciousness is the fundamental essence of the cosmos. Knowledgeable in both physics and mind studies, Russell is perhaps best known for his hypothesis that a global brain is emerging from developments such as the internet and mind-enhancement practices such as meditation.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, founded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell. He is also a fellow of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation.
A prolific speaker and writer, Russell's books include --
FROM SCIENCE TO GOD: A Physicist's Journey Into the Mystery of Consciousness;
THE CONSCIOUSNESS REVOLUTION: A Dialogue with Ervin Laszlo and Stan Grof;
WAKING UP IN TIME: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change;
THE GLOBAL BRAIN AWAKENS: Our Next Evolutionary Leap;
THE CREATIVE MANAGER: Finding Inner Wisdom in Uncertain Times;
THE BRAIN BOOK: A Users Handbook;
THE TM TECHNIQUE: A Skeptics Guide; and
THE UPANISHADS: A New Translation with Alistair Shearer.
At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind, he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.
He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted there some of the early work on three-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality.
In the mid-seventies Peter Russell joined forces with Tony Buzan and helped teach "Mind Maps" and learning methods to a variety of international organizations and educational institutions.
Since then his corporate programs have focused increasingly on self-development, creativity, stress management, and sustainable environmental practices. Clients have included IBM, Apple, Digital, American Express, Barclays Bank, Swedish Telecom, ICI, Shell Oil and British Petroleum.
His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through.
As one of the more revolutionary futurists, Peter Russell has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA. His multi-image shows and videos, The Global Brain and The White Hole in Time have won praise and prizes from around the world. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted Peter Russell "Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire" of the year.
His web site is at http://www.peterrussell.com.