The SMN is a membership organization offering a platform for the exploration of themes and subjects beyond the mainstream understanding at the intersection of science, spirituality, consciousness and human experience. We are a group composed of members of the Scientific and Medical Network living in Ireland and others interested in the same subjects. The Network takes the view that the materialistic explanation for the nature of Reality is only one perspective. The Network follows the guidelines of respect and open mindedness within a framework of academic rigour. Our Aims are: To provide a safe forum for the critical and open minded discussion of ideas that go beyond conventional paradigms in science, medicine and philosophy To integrate intuitive insights with rational analysis in our investigations To encourage a respect for Earth and community which emphasises a spiritual and holistic approach To challenge the adequacy of "scientific materialism" as an exclusive basis for knowledge and values Our guiding values are: Open-mindedness Rigorous and critical thinking Responsibility and care for others and the Earth Local Groups are autonomous groups of members and their guests, meeting together for lectures and discussions. They are not a formal part of the Scientific and Medical Network.