With the recent societal regressions toward political polarization, isolationism and nationalism, threats to civil and human rights, reductions in environmental protections and broadening of economic inequality, it can be difficult not to despair. However, it is absolutely essential that people who are working to shift consciousness toward a more just and sustainable future not only resist what is intolerable, but create and communicate inspiring and realistic alternative visions for the future.
1) The Story Behind the Individual
Happy holidays! As the President of IONS, and a donor myself, I hope you'll consider joining me in including the Institute of Noetic Sciences in your year-end giving. If you haven’t already, please make a contribution to IONS before the end of the year.
We were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of our long-time supporter and former board member, Bokara Legendre of Mill Valley, CA. She will be remembered for her exuberant personality, curiosity, love of adventure, courage and, most of all, her generosity to friends and the causes she believed in, including IONS.
I’m Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. I have been engaged in scientific research at the frontiers of consciousness for nearly 40 years. I was in graduate school when IONS was founded in 1973, and I thought that its mission, described then as exploring the outer limits of inner space, was just as exciting — maybe even more so — than exploring the limits of outer space.
Magic is one of the most enduring legends of humanity. It's at the core of the esoteric traditions, it saturates the literature of religion and science, and while it has been severely suppressed for millennia, fictional stories about magic are just as popular today as they've ever been. But is magic real?
In this video, recorded at the International Transpersonal Conference, IONS Chief Scientist Dr. Dean Radin presents scientific evidence that the answer is YES, and discusses the implications of real magic for a postmodern understanding of reality.