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    Memnoich
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    I just finished reading the new Dan Brown book, the Lost Symbol. In it, it refers to the Noetic Sciences, I got curious about what that was and decided to take a look. Here is what Wkikipedia had to say about it:

    {hmm some of the characters don’t carry over, oh well} wrote:
    Noetic theory or noëtics (from Greek ???????? “mental” from ????? “to think” from ???? – noûs) is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind and intuition, and its relationship with the divine intellect. Among its principal purposes one can mention[clarification needed] the study of non-rational ways of knowing and how they relate to reason; it also refers to the study of relationships between human and divine intuition. That is why noetic theory often had very close links with metaphysics. In the Western tradition and Arab philosophy noetic theory was strongly influenced by the theories of philosophers such as Anaxagoras, Plato and Aristotle.

    From there I found the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). The interesting thing is a few of us already knew about them, they created the Wild Divine Project. I figured some of you might be interested in what they are doing, and may want to learn more about it.

    #153774
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    I know some about the organization due to my long interest/fascination with the space program.

    To steal from IONS pages —

    The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971. Nations throughout the world had galvanized around the exciting frontier of space exploration. The potential for scientific understanding of our world seemed unlimited to a naval air captain named Edgar Mitchell. He was a pragmatic young test pilot, engineer and scientist; a mission to the moon on Apollo 14 was his “dream come true.” Space exploration symbolized for Dr Mitchell what it did for his nation as a whole—technological triumph of historical proportions, unprecedented mastery of the world in which we live, and extraordinary potentials for new discoveries.

    But it was the trip home that Mitchell recalls most. Sitting in the cramped cabin of the space capsule, he saw planet Earth floating freely in the vastness of space. He was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness — an epiphany. In Mitchell’s own words: “The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. . . . The knowledge came to me directly.”

    Mitchell faced a critical challenge. As a physical scientist, he had grown accustomed to directing his attention to the objective world “out there.” But the experience that came to him in space led him to a startling hypothesis: Perhaps reality is more complex, subtle, and inexorably mysterious than conventional science had led him to believe. Perhaps a deeper understanding of consciousness (inner space) could lead to a new and expanded view of reality in which objective and subjective, outer and inner, are understood as co-equal aspects of the miracle and mystery of being.

    After his safe return “home,” Mitchell sought out others who likewise felt the need for an expanded, more inclusive view of reality. They resolved to explore the inner world of human experience with the same rigor and critical thinking that made it possible for Apollo 14 to journey to the moon and back. In 1973, this small group of explorers founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences — derived from the Greek word nous, meaning something close to “intuitive ways of knowing.” (Dr Mitchell’s story is told in the book The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds).

    The mission of these noetic scientists has been to expand our understanding of human possibility by investigating aspects of reality— mind, consciousness, and spirit — that include but go beyond physical phenomena. They seek to seek to understand the inner world as thoroughly as we have the outer world — based on the premise that what finds expression in the world at large is a reflection of our interior landscape. Today, three decades later, the institute carries out its mission as a worldwide research, education, and membership-based organization in Petaluma, California.

    Over the years, we have sponsored hundreds of projects, including a comprehensive bibliography on the physical and psychological effects of meditation, an extensive spontaneous remission bibliography, and studies on the efficacy of compassionate intention on healing in AIDS patients. From 1987 through 2009, the institute published a magazine that highlighted the broad field of noetic sciences.

    In the year 2000, the institute expanded its scope by purchasing 200 acres of land in Northern California for our offices, scientific laboratory, and retreat center. Today we have nearly 30,000 members and close to 300 community groups worldwide.

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    Over the years, they have researched some interesting areas.  
    Their web site is not hyper user friendly though… so you have to dig around a bit to see more then the intro flash.

    #154030
    JKBarger
    Participant

    I saw the Wild Divine at Vitamin Cottage and thought it sounded like an interesting way of exploring the mind body connection.

    I also think IONS has started a niche…

    Interesting to watch I know that much..

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