Scientific & Medical Network
“Promoting open exploration in science and human experience”
The Network in a Nutshell
The Scientific and Medical
Network is a UK-based educational charitable trust founded in 1973. It is an
informal international group consisting of qualified scientists and doctors,
together with other professionals such as psychologists, engineers,
philosophers, and therapists. The Network currently has over 2000 professional
members and 800 associates in 53 countries.
Network members explore
concepts that go beyond generally accepted theories through its expressed
guidelines which are:
to new observations and insights
in evaluating evidence and ideas
in maintaining the highest scientific and ethical standards
to the view of others
The Network links
like-minded individuals, encouraging exchange of ideas and information and
cultivating friendship. Members share a common concern with the essential
questions about the meaning and value of life.
The Network does not embrace
the unorthodox for its own sake; it is not "anti-establishment", but
its members support the freedom to develop any worthwhile field of study, even
if this means moving beyond what is currently considered scientifically
The Network encourages
intellectual discernment and is wary of consequences of ill-founded and
over-enthusiastic claims often made in the areas of pseudo-science.
To deepen understanding in
science, medicine and education by fostering both rational analysis and
Bear in mind that good
science is an open self-correcting system; no theory or set of insights is
complete or perfect.
There is no Network
Be ready to consider
constructive criticism and to submit your work to rigorous examination.
Be prepared to revise
beliefs in the light of evidence and experience.
Question your own
assumptions and presuppositions.
Maintain a broad frame of
Cultivate humility, honesty
Recognise that our views of
reality are models.
Be prepared to test your
Try to define your terms
Make it clear when you are
voicing opinions and beliefs
Be able to state opposing
viewpoints in argument.
Care of Others
Have respect and empathy for
others and be aware of their needs.
Balance kindness and
understanding with clarity and discernment.
Be willing to listen and
learn from others in the interests of trust and openness.
sensitively and constructively.