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commented on Nov. 29, 2013
Generally these discussions reflect a harmonious and often interesting tone, but there are occasions in which feathers are fluffed and I admit to being occasionally involved.
I believe that disagreements have occurred because some individuals are unaware of the revolution occurring in science and unaware that IONS science is a major player in the revolution.
On one side of the revolution is Scientific Materialism (SM) often referred to as main stream science or traditional science.
On the other side are IONS science and a network of scientists who may or may not be directly affiliated with IONS.
There are many differences between these opposing sides and I will address one very fundamental difference.
SM holds that consciousness is created by each individual brain and the consciousness in each individual brain is imprisoned in that brain. That is to say each individual’s consciousness is separate from or exists completely independent of the consciousness confined in all other brains. This is only an assumption of SM. Although SM offers theories on how the brain creates consciousness, there is no scientific proof that SM offers for its position.
Because SM holds that each individual brain creates its own consciousness, they are adamant that the brain is the proper study of science and consciousness is not a proper study for science. SM is the dominant scientific paradigm.
For simplification I will refer to IONS science, simply as IONS.
IONS holds that consciousness is not imprisoned within individual brains, but that it connects individuals and their brains. There are a variety of ways to discuss this. Perhaps the “simplest” way to explain it is that consciousness is a characteristic or expression of the universe that connects all of us. From an informed position, it is not simply a silly romantic notion to say that we are all one.
There is more complex or sophisticated ways to describe the IONS position that involve the “non-locality” of atomic particles and I will not attempt to get into that in the introduction to this topic. It is important to be aware that IONS offers proof in the form of scientific evidence for its position and SM offers theories, but no scientific proof for its position.
Before we address the IONS proof, it is necessary to comment on an interesting side note.
IONS uses the term psi rather than ESP. ESP places phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis in the context of sensory or extra sensory experience.
Psi, pronounced (sigh) is the first three letters of the Greek word “psyche”, meaning soul or mind. Use of the term psi removes the phenomena mentioned in the previous paragraph from identification with sensory experience or extra sensory experience.
Naturally, when the evidence for psi is accepted, the fundamental assumptions of SM previously discussed become irrational and illogical.
EVIDENCE FOR psi (Proof supporting the IONS position on consciousness)
At the top of this page click NOETIC NOW and you will come to a page listing several topics.
The second topic down is entitled “SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE”, click it.
You will come to three paragraphs where Dean Radin discusses evidence for psi. At the end of those three paragraphs, click “See the evidence” and you will be taken to nearly one hundred Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications on Psi Research. You can download a PDF file and read any or all of the articles.
You should be aware that these articles are written by scientists for other scientists and may not be easy reading for non scientists. There are also recommended books and websites to visit.
If IONS wins this revolution and replaces SM as the dominant scientific paradigm, I believe that the world will eventually experience a dramatic change for the better. Eventually there will be less injustice, corruption, conflicts and suffering.
A problem facing IONS is that for a variety several reasons, most dogmatic devotees of SM not only refuse to comment on the evidence, they simply refuse to review the evidence.
I hope that this topic explains one reason why we in discussions occasionally have our feathers fluffed because of someone’s comments or their posting. Often it has been because we and they are on different sides of the culture changing revolution in science and perhaps unaware of a fundamental purpose of IONS.
I admit to being a party to conflicts where my feathers were fluffed. It was through the attempt to resolve such conflicts that I did a little research and created this topic. Perhaps there is some good to be found in everything.
If you have friends who may be interested in this topic, email them a copy and invite them to explore the IONS website and participate in Discussions. It’s all free unless they wish to make a donation.
I may suggest to IONS that devotees of SM be charged $10,000 to post to Discussions. (Picture a laughing smiley face)