Paul Temple, co-founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and chairman of the IONS Board of Directors for 17 years, passed away on November 29, 2016, surrounded by his beloved wife, Diane, and seven children. He died as he had lived – peaceful, conscious and ready for his next great adventure. Mr. Temple was a remarkable human being, and a long-time and passionate supporter of IONS. He leaves a legacy of invaluable service and support, and his absence will be deeply felt.
Spoiler alert: ‘The Force’ is strong with IONS.
Reflect for a moment on the galactic numbers of people who will go and see the next Star Wars blockbuster, Rogue One, released on December 16th. It will be, arguably, millions more than the number of people who attend religious services or, for that matter, consciousness research conferences.
Have you ever had the experience of your mind ceasing to spin during meditation?
Anecdotal evidence holds that meditators experience moments where it feels as if the mind simply stops, and is replaced by spaciousness, pure awareness, or some other ineffable experience. Despite hundreds of studies on meditation, previous research has not focused on whether or not meditation really helps with “monkey mind” (a term used by Buddhist scholars to describe the relentless spinning mind).
IONS President Cassandra Vieten spoke with Martin Wasserman on Future Talk, a cable TV show based in Silicon Valley that focuses on technology’s impact in the world. Cassi talked about the meaning of noetic science and the research IONS does to investigate the nature of consciousness, and its influence on human transformation and purpose. Cassi also offers a verbal glimpse of a developing experiment which explores the question: Can Virtual Reality enhance the healing capacity of the mind? Enjoy the conversation!
The recently released movie, Doctor Strange, is billed as science fiction, yet for the last four decades IONS has been at the forefront of scientific research on extraordinary human capacities. It may be surprising to learn that findings indicate that there is less fiction in the effects of some of these phenomenon than many might have assumed.
Interest in the study of consciousness is growing rapidly among the general population, but only recently has it made its way into mainstream higher education. In 2014, the University of Washington, Bothell campus, formally launched a transdisciplinary and integral Minor in Consciousness--the first of its kind at a public research institution in North America.