Chantal Toporow, PhD

Chantal ToporowC.M. Chantal Toporow, Ph.D., Education Chair, & International Liaison for the Society for Scientific Exploration, has extensive experience in scientific research, development, application & management of technology.  Degreed from UCLA’s Engineering Department, she has taught engineering at UCLA, CSULB, CSUN, and environmental courses at LMU, SMC and Otis Parsons School of Art and Design. She is on the Boards of various nonprofits dedicated to the advancement of science, the development of cultural aesthetics, and the preservation of Nature.

Dr. Toporow is committed to promote scientific inquiry for rigorous exploration of anomalous phenomena, investigations of subtle energies in the experience of consciousness/human potential and to integrate this new knowledge into a more encompassing and whole model of science. In particular, she is extremely interested in the workings of the human body/mind/spirit, and specifically in bioenergetics, qi cultivation, spiritual practices, psychic art, etc., as a sort of a "road map" to our inner workings and particular as they relate to experiencing "anomalous" events and how to better understand how we can reach our optimum potentials. She is a rigorous student of various anomalous modalities, including dowsing, remote viewing, introspective counseling, and telekinesis. She started her very young life as an artist, went rogue and became a PhD aerospace research engineer and professor of high technology! Now retired, she is using her technical skills to study and research all things psi, particularly bioenergetics, and with the intent to further our scientific understanding of the seemingly anomalous, random, yet, synchronous events around us and our own psi related abilities.

In addition, Chantal is an accomplished artist, a devout organic biodynamic gardener & practitioner of sustainability. She enjoys interdisciplinary ventures, and is committed to thinking globally & acting locally! She taught not only engineering at UCLA and other universities but also many environmental science classes teaching deep ecology, and the importance of sustainability and biodiversity. Over the years, in her garden, she has grown over 300 species of fruit, including 28 different species of figs, and innumerable types of flowers and vegetables varieties. She was 24 years on the Board of the California Rare Fruit Growers organization dedicated to encouraging public and scientific interest, research, and education for the preservation of rare fruit plants and also is on the Board of the Felix Gillet Institute which is devoted to identify, preserve and propagate the best of the 125+ year survivor fruit varieties still thriving in the mining camps, farms, homesteads and towns of the Sierra, and showing great resistance to harsh weather, drought, insect and disease attack, and producing remarkable, extremely flavorful crops with little or no human assistance. Lastly, she is on the Scholarship Boards of both the Biodynamic Farming Association and the California Rare Fruit Growers.

Through biodynamics (BD) and being a follower of Goethe’s ideas for many many years and having attended at least 20 of the Ecological Farming Conferences she learned as much as she could about organics, and in 2016 she decided to attend the biodynamic farming conference, and immediately was 100% on board and now a Life Member! Having taken BD classes on Human and Cosmic Evolution, the Study of Agriculture Course, the School of Elemental Beings, the Micro-biodynamics course as well as having been very active in local environmental issues since the early 80s… all this and more, awoke the desire to fully engage in the relationship between psi and Nature in the bigger context of the spiritual and consciousness, and hence this class to tap into the energetic Bridge of Life that Nature provides us and to know the elemental beings and spirits and how to work with them.

Her tagline: Nurturing Nature through wholistic Education, Rigorous Science, Creative Arts & Cultural Depths

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Kenny Biddle 

Kenny BiddleKenny Biddle is a science enthusiast who investigates claims involving paranormal experiences, the gadgets used to search strange things, and the various forms of evidence presented for ghosts, UFOs, and cryptids. He promotes science, critical thinking, and skepticism through his blog I Am Kenny Biddle, two podcasts (Skeptical Help Bar and Three Tortured Souls), and articles in published in Skeptical Inquirer.

Kenny frequently hosts workshops on how to deconstruct and explain paranormal photography/videos and his methods for solving mysteries. In 2020 he was elected a Fellow for the Center for Inquiry.

Robert Waggoner

Robert WaggonerRobert Waggoner wrote the acclaimed book Lucid Dreaming – Gateway to the Inner Self and the award winning book, Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple (with co-author Caroline McCready). A lucid dreamer since 1975, Waggoner has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams and co-edits the free quarterly online magazine, Lucid Dreaming Experience.

Waggoner has given workshops and university presentations around the world on four continents. His books have been translated into numerous languages. A past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), he now serves on the Executive Committee.

Learn more about Robert Waggoner at his website and check out the Lucid Dreaming Experience magazine at

Christopher Laursen, PhD

Christopher Laursen, PhD Dr. Christopher Laursen, PhD is a social and cultural historian and transdisciplinary researcher who studies how people experience and try to explain extraordinary things that can’t easily be rationalized. His PhD dissertation Reimagining the Poltergeist in Twentieth-Century America and Britain(Department of History, University of British Columbia, 2016) shows how psychokinesis became a mainstream hypothesis to explain the poltergeist phenomenon. >

He has taught on the history of science, environment, religion, and society, as well as media studies, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Trent University in Canada. Christopher is currently co-authoring a book on a 200-year-old poltergeist case which contributed to a rural community’s identity with the scholar Rick Fehr. 

His ongoing research considers encounters with non-humans and the natural world, physical anomalies, dreams, precognition, and after death communications as personally and culturally transformative experiences. >

Michael Sudduth, D.Phil.

Michael SudduthMichael Sudduth (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is a professor in the Philosophy Department at San Francisco State University, where he has taught philosophy and religion courses since 2005, including courses in world religions, philosophy of religion, the nature of religious experience, and the Buddhist tradition.

He specializes in epistemology and the philosophy of religion. His interests in epistemology include the Gettier problem, concepts of evidence, Bayesian epistemology, confirmation theory, and defeasibility reasoning.

In the philosophy of religion, Sudduth has focused on concepts of God, arguments for God’s existence, religious experience, eastern philosophy and spiritual practices, and life after death. Over the past three decades, his spiritual journey has led him from the Christian tradition to the Vaishnava bhakti tradition of India, and subsequently the traditions of Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism.

His publications include The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology (Ashgate 2009, Routledge 2016) and A Philosophical Critique of Arguments for Postmortem Survival (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).