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Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Aug. 29, 2011
In Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Symbol, the fictional character Katherine Solomon mentions “universal consciousness,” which is an ongoing topic of interest at the real-life Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Posted by Peter Russell, MA, DCS, FSP on Dec. 2, 2010
What we call the ego is not another separate self so much as a mode of being that can dominate our thinking, decisions, speech, and actions, leading us to behave in ways that are uncaring, self-centered, or manipulative.
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on May 2, 2013
Critics are fond of saying that there is no scientific evidence for psi. They wave their fist in the air and shout, "Show me the evidence!" So I've created a SHOW ME page with downloadable articles on psi and psi-related topics, all published in peer-reviewed journals.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Dec. 15, 2010
Why is the existing literature on psi phenomena routinely dismissed by the scientific community and virtually ignored within the broader academic community? I think it's fear that some of our most cherished beliefs, about how the world works and about who and what we are, may be wrong. Such examination may lead to radical revisions in understanding our human potentials.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 6, 2012
Data analysis has just been completed on the experiment that IONS research scientists collaborated on at Burning Man just over a month ago. The report on the experiment is now available, and there are some significant results!
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on Aug. 15, 2011
What limits our desire and capacity to take in new ideas – even when we hold an intention to transform and grow? How can we shift a paradigm that we see as flawed and incomplete without understanding the barriers to changing our minds and behaviors? And how can we develop habits that allow us to explore and reveal our own biases and intolerance of ideas that refute our prevailing beliefs and opinions?
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Dec. 24, 2010
I posted an article about Psi Research on my Huffington Post blog Friday morning and by Friday evening had nearly 1000 views and 250 comments. It’s been very interesting to read the comments on this article – now nearly 900 - and to see the great interest this topic generated. In this follow-up post I share my response to some of these comments.
Posted by Tam Hunt on Feb. 3, 2011
The “hard problem” of consciousness is figuring out the relationship between mind and matter and why some matter gives rise to unitary subjects and why others don’t? Why am I conscious, and you, and my cat, but not the chair or the rock?
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 15, 2012
In our last Breaking News we mentioned analyzing data for a study on mediumship. Some of you wanted more information...
Posted by Peter Russell, MA, DCS, FSP on May 3, 2011
We usually think of prayer as an appeal to God or some other spiritual entity to change the world in some way. We might pray for someone’s healing, for success in some venture, for a better life, or for guidance on some challenging issue. Behind such prayers is the recognition that we don’t have the power to make the world the way we would like it to be – if we did, we would simply get on with the task – so we beseech a higher power to change things for us.
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on May 29, 2012
For the last few years we have been exploring the possible role of consciousness in the physical world through an effect known as the quantum measurement problem (QMP). This refers to a curious phenomenon whereby quantum objects behave differently when they are observed than when they are not observed.
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on Sept. 9, 2010
I have lectured and written about the scientific taboo that prohibits scientists from openly studying psi. One way this prejudice manifests is by being invited to give a lecture at a scientific conference, and then finding yourself disinvited after someone on the conference committee discovers that the invitee has an interest in parapsychology.
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on July 9, 2010
The Wikipedia entry on Masaru Emoto is a good example of why no one should trust an encyclopedia written by anonymous amateurs. I know it is possible, at least in principle, to edit Wikipedia pages to make corrections. But it is also possible for pranksters to change information on any page just for fun.
Posted by Heidi Fuller on Sept. 4, 2011
After a year of publishing contributed blog posts from a variety of visionaries, we will be focusing more on the inner life of IONS. Here at the blog, each week a member of our staff will bring you a close-up view of life inside IONS and/or commentary on what we are learning about the evolving field of consciousness research.
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on Oct. 3, 2010
Does hands-on "energy healing" really work or are outcomes attributed to such healing merely a matter of self-healing, as in the placebo effect? This is what sociologist (by day) and energy researcher (by night?) William Bengston set out to test, motivated by his own remarkable experience with an energy healer who cured his intractable back pain. Bengston got his evidence… and then some.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on April 4, 2012
Welcome to the first edition of IONS Breaking News, a periodic brief update coming to you directly from the research team and laboratory here at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. We're expecting new Breaking News posts to be published once or twice a month... keeping you abreast of the latest hot-off-the-presses scientific developments at IONS such as new projects, funding, publications, speaking engagements, and interesting findings.
Posted by Matthew Gilbert on Sept. 9, 2010
Are we deluding ourselves into thinking that technology is the answer to the most persistent challenges of existence, or are we blessed by a tool that may only be at the cusp of its potential to help spark a global social and spiritual renaissance?
Posted by Peter Russell, MA, DCS, FSP on Oct. 1, 2010
What is wisdom? We hear the word a lot these days – the need for wisdom, the wisdom traditions, wisdom schools. We each would like to have more wisdom…and for others to have it as well. Too much human hurt and suffering comes from lack of wisdom. There is something about wisdom that we all aspire to. But what is this quality we hold in such high regard?
Posted by IONS Research Team on Feb. 14, 2013
IONS Senior Scientist Dean Radin and some of his colleagues were interviewed for this article in Discovery News, which features research done by the Institute of Noetic Sciences on telepathy.
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on Nov. 5, 2010
What does it mean to be part of a greater whole? How does our worldview, or model of reality, impact what we understand about who we are and how we relate to others? And how can we become more aware of all the ways we are part of an interrelated, global community?
Posted by Heidi Fuller on Oct. 12, 2011
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?
Posted by Kathleen Erickson-Freeman on Dec. 3, 2011
IONS Director of Elder Education talks about IONS' new Conscious Aging program and some of the things that IONS is offering to help support the transformation that comes with aging. "My wish," she says, "is that more people could learn how all of these ideas, tools, and practices can help reduce the suffering that can accompany aging and ignite the potential for positive, passionate, and soulful aging."
Posted by Elliott Dacher, MD on March 17, 2011
A consciousness-based integral approach taps into the last uncharted frontier in health and healing: It builds on the pivotal realization that the expansion of consciousness is the driving force underlying a comprehensive and integral health and healing. By focusing on inner development we gain the most from our time and effort. We undertake the most important step towards assuring a larger life and optimal well being.
Posted by Tam Hunt on Nov. 4, 2010
Can zombies argue that they don’t exist? Empirical evidence suggests they can. Or does it? The philosophy of mind is a thriving field in recent decades, with new books and articles appearing with increasing frequency. This article is the second in an occasional series on the role of mind in the universe and, thus, in science.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 15, 2011
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.