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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 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.
Posted by Matthew Gilbert on May 31, 2012
After nearly eight years as the editorial director at IONS, my final day was May 31. An alignment of constellations—personal, professional, and, well, cosmological—made it clear that it’s time to chart a new course.
Posted by Elliott Dacher, MD on Sept. 21, 2010
Meditation allows us to penetrate the surface experiences of the mind and gain a more detailed understanding of its workings and essential nature. That understanding allows us to remove the veils that obscure our authentic nature, revealing the qualities of human flourishing.
Posted by Matthew Gilbert on Nov. 22, 2010
It’s immersive, it’s interactive, it’s embodied (sort of), and it’s actually changing people’s lives, tapping into each individual’s potential to get beyond their conditioning and become engaged in transforming themselves and their world.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Jan. 9, 2013
Two TEDx talks I gave last year have both just been released on video. In December I spoke at TEDx Napa Valley on "The Science of Interconnectedness." Earlier in the year I gave another TEDx talk at Black Rock City in the Nevada Desert for Burning Man 2012. I hope you enjoy these talks as much as I enjoyed giving them!
Posted by Larry Dossey, MD on June 29, 2010
"You can't go to jail for what you're thinking," wrote Frank Loesser in his 1956 hit song “Standing on the Corner.” His observation no longer applies in India, the world’s largest democracy, where you can now be convicted of a capital crime and sentenced to life imprisonment ...
Posted by Lee Lipsenthal, MD on April 30, 2011
We all have experience of a noetic nature: things we know to be true even without external “proof.” We often refer to these “knowings” as intuitions or synchronicities. Sometimes, for many of us, in workshops, retreats, or deep meditations, these events can be large and even shake us up… we can sit and practice, go deeper and ask ourselves, How does this noetic moment inform my life and my ability to serve others in a way that they wish to be served? How can I live it fully?
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on March 2, 2012
IONS and The Chopra Foundation are producing a documentary film about death and what happens after, and what it means for our lives. The new trailer for the film will get its first public screening in San Diego at the Sages & Scientists Symposium this weekend, March 3-5. You can see the trailer here on this website!
Posted by Kate McCallum on July 26, 2010
It wasn’t always the case that Hollywood, the media capital of the world, could be expected to embrace a day-long symposium on the power of arts and media to transform. When I broke into the industry in 1985, power was held by the major studios...
Posted by Alan Pierce on Dec. 11, 2013
Thanks to a team of researchers, including scientists from IONS, the study of mediumship recently made its debut in the academic journal Frontiers in Psychology. This pioneering study funded by the BIAL Foundation investigated both the accuracy and the mental activity of mediums as they were tasked with communication with the deceased.
Posted by Matthew Gilbert on Oct. 22, 2011
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 Matthew Gilbert on April 4, 2011
Wisdom and technology had their friendly faceoff at the second annual Wisdom 2.0 conference as some of Silicon Valley’s finest mixed comfortably with a trio of mindfulness masters and an audience of new media pioneers...
Posted by James O'Dea on Oct. 2, 2010
On a recent trip to Rwanda to explore how societies heal from massive collective trauma, violent conflict, and human rights abuse, I was shocked to find more evidence of societal healing than I could have imagined possible.
Posted by Tam Hunt on Dec. 22, 2010
Whether we call our philosophy “idealism” or “materialism” or “panpsychism,” we are trying to explain the same thing: reality, this. Some approaches are better than others, but our criteria are themselves necessarily subjective. I have highlighted empirical adequacy, logical consistency, and intellectual pedigree here, but other criteria could be used and different conclusions reached.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 1, 2011
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.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on April 20, 2012
This is the second edition of Breaking News, giving you the latest updates on what's happening in Research at IONS. Last week, three of our visiting scholars participated in the "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conference hosted by our longtime friends and collaborators at the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona...
Posted by Tam Hunt on April 3, 2011
This essay continues my extended critique of “absent-minded science” – the tendency in modern science to ignore, intentionally or through oversight, the role of mind in nature. I want to be clear up front that I am not a supporter of Intelligent Design or any religiously-motivated critique of natural selection. Rather, I approach these very difficult problems primarily from the point of view of a hard-nosed philosopher and scientist trying to make sense of it all – and finding that many mainstream approaches could be significantly improved.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on June 9, 2012
Michael Bloch, PhD, is a new scholar in residence here at IONS, working on a number of projects investigating the effects of olfactory stimulation on mind-matter interactions, as well as studying hemispheric and olfactory involvement in presentiment tasks.
Posted by James O'Dea on Nov. 14, 2010
I know that affirmations, gratefulness, and forgiveness can bring swift benefits, and that sometimes it seems as if we achieve dramatic and miraculous support for our best intentions. But social healing is slow.
Posted by Claudia Welss on Aug. 19, 2010
“To be or not to be—that is the question.” (And then, the joke continues, the man lost in the motel asks himself…“or is it 3C? 4D?") A common interpretation of this famous Shakespearean quote is that Hamlet was contemplating suicide, but wasn’t sure if death would actually be preferable to the alternative ...
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on May 31, 2010
I was preparing for my lecture on consciousness transformation to the League of Optimists in Brussels, Belgium when I got the news: All flights from Europe were cancelled. I was due to go on stage shortly and nothing about the implications of this information had sunk in. I just wanted to be here tonight and home tomorrow...
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on Jan. 12, 2013
Two distinguished colleagues and I have received funding to conduct a new experiment to test the hypothesis that the expectancy of the experimenter will have an impact on the outcome of a psi task.
Posted by Alan Pierce on Nov. 30, 2013
How do you envision a world transformed? This is the question that sparked the beginning dialogue at a recent meeting of four like-minded organizations in Sedona, Arizona: the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Greenheart International, the Theosophical Society in America, and Integral Transformative Practice International.
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on June 3, 2010
When people ask me what I do for a living, I answer that I direct the research program at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. What follows are a range of responses. For some, a light of recognition is ignited in their eyes: “Oh, I love that place…cool!” For a few, there is the “Never-heard-of-it” glaze. And ...