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Personal interests


My personal interest in the field of consciousness comes from a desire to understand both the scientific and societal implications of this mysterious and complex field. Scientists and philosophers have pondered the fundamental questions of consciousness for centuries. But even now, research into what are the most robust basic theories of consciousness from a neuroscience perspective is still embryonic. The fundamental questions of our existence and their implications for us as a society are the questions that most engage me as a philanthropist. This is particularly so in this moment of global crisis, and on the heels of the exponential growth of technology radically shifting the human experience. I believe understanding consciousness is key to our long-term health as individuals and as a society, to better comprehending our human nature and how we best function together rather than apart, and to facing and solving the most fundamental challenges of our global existence.

I am only beginning what will be a lifelong journey into understanding this field and finding the extraordinary people and projects dedicated to these answers. I do not want to reinvent the wheel, and much prefer to identify opportunities for partnerships. We are after all better together.

The neuroelasticity project

The NeuroElasticity Project is a group of funders exploring the critical link between brain health and vitality. We believe our brains and bodies can heal and perform in ways formerly believed impossible. Never before has science been more needed or poised to help unlock the mystery of the brain, while more deeply acknowledging that mental and physical health are integral to each other. The funders share resources, learn from each other, and maximize opportunities to collaborate for larger impact!

The NeuroElasticity Project’s goal is to create, or partner with, an incubator that will focus on pushing scientific frontiers to support positive brain change and performance; specifically: innovative, emerging, breakthrough approaches, modalities and technologies to improve brain performance, resulting in overall health, vitality and longevity.

The Mays family foundation

The Mays Family Foundation has been serving and supporting the Bexar County community through causes that aid, empower, enrich and educate. Peggy and Lowry Mays founded this foundation in 1994 and for the past 26 years, the Mays family has significantly contributed to Texan communities, supporting countless charities.

Randall is especially proud of the foundation’s support of The Mays Clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the Mays Cancer Center in San Antonio and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.