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Matthew Gilbert served as editorial director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences from 2004 to 2012, and was editor of the magazine Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness, and founder of Noetic Books. He has written extensively about business, psychology, and spirituality, is the author of two books about conscious business – Communication Miracles at Work and The Workplace Revolution – and was recently featured in Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination, and Excellence in the Workplace. His background includes book editor/publishing consultant, market research analyst, mediator/facilitator, and statewide organizer of Green Party USA – Colorado. He is currently a consultant living in the Northwest. He can be reached at /


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  • What is Noetic Science? Apr 18, 2012

    HI all,

    Thanks for this thoughtful discussion. Noetic sciences does mean different things to different people, which is no surprise but doesn't make our job of "branding" any easier! We've decided to start playing with taglines as a way to better capture and ground the essence of what we do. If there are any you'd like to share based on your understanding of our work, please pass them along (


  • Matthew Gilbert, Thank You --- Jan 18, 2012

    Hi all,

    Thanks, charliet. Sometimes a new poster gets excited by the uniqueness of this site and goes a little crazy. We'll always give them the benefit of the doubt at first, but in the most recent case there was clearly a problem. In general we are VERY impressed with the quality of the discussions here and grateful to have such a wise, active, and plugged-in community. Thank you! (And thanks to my colleague Michelle, our multi-talented webmistress who is great at keeping an eye on this site.)

    And no worries, mrmathew. Your posts are respectful. As long as a discussion doesn't get too overwhelmed by any one contributor . . .

    The other Matthew

  • Neurosurgeon has NDE Dec 05, 2011

    I tweaked it a bit, Ethan. Thanks for the post!

  • East Meets West on Evolution’s Border Nov 09, 2011

    You raise excellent questions, TerryC, for which there are no easy answers. I think we each start with where we are, with what calls out to us, and then follow the trail that unfolds from that. Not everyone is open to the greater possibilities that life can offer; many a consciousness are still buried under layers of cultural and psychological conditioning – often generational. And of course there are the gross injustices of social and economic systems that put the needs of the few over those of the many. In short, there is much work to do. But better to begin somewhere than to be paralyzed by the enormity of the task.

  • Links of Dean Radin commentaries and people with extended human capacities. Oct 31, 2011

    However belatedly, thanks for posting these, F_Alexander!

  • War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality Oct 25, 2011

    I just want to say how impressed I am with the quality of this conversation. Big issues, big thoughts, discussed with great respect. For a bit more on these issues, I'll be blogging this week about my impressions of the recently concluded Science and Nonduality conference ( that covered many of the same themes and then some.

  • USER NAMES Aug 19, 2011

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the thoughtful conversation about this issue. It's not always easy to "police" those who are aggressive or disrespectful, and it's great when the community steps in and affirms what community is all about. I don't have an attachment either way as a far as how people want to identify themselves, as long as they bring the right spirit to these discussions.


  • Back on track !! Jun 06, 2011

    Yes, thank you, charliet. "Noetic science" is an emerging and evolving field of study and interest that draws people with all kinds of experiences and motivations. Our hope here at IONS is indeed to keep the discussions as open as possible, and to allow the wisdom of the collective to sort of keep things in order. We are paying attention, though, and continually impressed with the general quality of the posts and the willingness of this community to keep exploring and asking questions...

  • What recent films have had the most powerful effect on how you see yourself, the world, and the future of human consciousness? Jun 03, 2011

    Hi all,

    So many good movies out there, and new ones coming out all the time. That's quite a list, kimflores, many I hadn't heard of. Thanks to everyone for sharing their favorites.

    We've made our selections for the upcoming conference, and to make a long story short, we'll be showing Brian Swimme's new film Journey of the Universe ( on Friday night July 22, and Wake Up ( on Saturday the 23rd.

    And stay tuned for IONS' inaugural film fest in early 2012!

  • Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion? Feb 07, 2011

    I agree with JD that Chris Carter's comment was a bit imprudent, but yes, he is taking the advocate's position, and one could also apply "Let the Believer Beware" to those who are just as confident in their skepticism.

  • Transformational Films: A Genre on the Threshold Feb 05, 2011

    Thanks for your responses. Yes, I did see "Something Unknown is Doing We Don't Know What" and I liked it. I wanted to focus on newer films in this article and that's why I didn't include it, but I did cover it last year and strongly encourage everyone to see it. Here is the url:

  • Inner Space – Technology’s New Frontier? Dec 13, 2010

    I'm not sure that the pace of technological change has slowed, olafa, but at least its impacts are starting to be scrutinized in a new way . . . while progressive, creative, well-intentioned people are using some of these changes to facilitate positive evolution of our thoughts, beliefs, actions, and even healing. Like everything else these days, media and technology offer deep paradoxes of hope and despair. Neuromarketing, anyone?

  • A Twittering of Consciousness, Part II Oct 05, 2010

    Plans are underway for the next Wisdom 2.0 conference. It's taking place February 25th-27th, 2011, in Silicon Valley. Here's the url:

  • Happy 80th Birthday Edgar Mitchell! Sep 17, 2010

    You are a true pioneer, Edgar, and an inspiration to many. I am honored to be part of your mission and work!

  • A Twittering of Consciousness, Part II Sep 13, 2010

    That sounds like an interesting book. There is a lot of new research coming out on how our digital lifestyle is affecting our brains, how we learn, and how we process information in general. Check out, for example, the following NYTimes article (, which ironically There is also this from the website Common Dreams: Screening Out the Empathy: The Impact of Screen Culture on Our Brains ( I am fascinated by the topic and am slowly compiling more information. I don't think it's an either/or, as you and I have suggested, but the more we know about the impacts of the new technology, the better equipped we will be to make wise decisions on how to achieve the right balance.

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