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  • Posted by Matthew Gilbert on Oct. 22, 2011

    East Meets West on Evolution’s Border

    The official theme of the third annual Science and Nonduality conference was “On the Edge of Time,” but the unofficial narrative was about time running out on the flat-earth paradigms of our day: the world works like a machine, consciousness follows matter, our lives are essentially meaningless, we are in this thing alone.

  • Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 15, 2011

    When Skeptics Face the Evidence

    This last weekend found me in Washington, DC, at the Society for Experimental and Social Psychology Annual Conference (SESP). I was invited to discuss the controversy that was kicked up in the field of social psychology about the study of precognition.

    Social psychologists (and other scientists) as a whole are extremely skeptical not only of the research on psi but of the very idea that psi can or should be studied by scientists. But this may be changing. The session I presented in was very well-attended, and I found that most people, while not exactly open-minded, were open-hearted, thoughtful, and willing to engage in respectful discussion about the topic.

  • Posted by Heidi Fuller on Oct. 12, 2011

    What’s the Matter with Miracles?

    Some days I wake up and it hits me all over again. There’s a lot of science going on in the world, but how many people get to work at a place where a few very brainy and dedicated scientists are measuring the farthest reaches of the mind for clues to higher levels of the human experience?

    Categories:
    Noetic Research
  • Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 1, 2011

    Meditation Research: A Bridge between Worldviews…

    Research on meditation is not off limits any longer. Scientists are learning from the spiritual traditions without contaminating the scientific method. Spiritual groups are seeking scientific evidence for the role of meditation to better understand their practice and deepen their faith. Health interventions are benefitting from centuries of scientific research as well as millennia of spiritual inquiry. This is something that we get really excited about at IONS. And meditation research paved the way.

    Categories:
    Noetic Research, Worldview
    Topics:
    Meditation

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