Loren Carpenter is a computer scientist and visiting scholar at IONS. After thirty-five years as a senior scientist with Pixar Animation Studios, he recently retired. In 1980 he created the world's first fractal animated film and then went on to join Lucasfilm Computer Division, which spun off into Pixar. In... [Read more]
Aha! Moments, Awe, and Flow States
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell was inspired to create IONS after he saw the earth from outer space and experienced an awe that forever transformed his perspective. We can’t all go to space, but in the course of our own lives, we can still experience extraordinary moments that also stretch our understanding of reality to accommodate new possibilities. In a noetic experience, we tap into a limitless wellspring that holds creative ideas, healing energy, and information that was previously unavailable to us. These experiences often hit us randomly, like lightning bolts—or they seem to be random—but science is beginning to discover how we can access them intentionally. In the first part of this session, we’ll explore the science of awe, aha! moments, and flow; in the second part, we’ll learn how spiritual practices, augmented by virtual reality, can harness the power of the mind for healing, flow, love, and compassion. Assisted by a portable virtual reality system and your own smartphone, you’ll also play with some perspective-shifters and awe-inducers. Begin the IONS conference by opening the aperture of your perspective and cultivating the receptivity of your heart, and then allow your worldview to be expanded by everything else you encounter at the conference.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is president of IONS. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a scientist in the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Vieten is an author, an international workshop leader, and a public speaker, who has been studying how people transform their... [Read more]
Ravé Mehta is an engineer, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Mehta Labs, which creates technology and immersive experiences that support increasing human potential. Ravé is a pioneer of the VR industry, with over eighteen years experience using VR for accelerated learning, and has spent over fifteen years researching, chasing,... [Read more]
Dacher Keltner's research focuses the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and power, social class, and inequality. He is the co-author of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and most recently, in... [Read more]