Institute of Noetic Sciences

Celebrating 50 Years

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is a nonprofit scientific research center and direct experience lab specializing in the intersection of science and profound human experience.

Prize Finalists Announced

Discover the finalists of the second annual Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize.

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Why Our Minds Wander

IONS Scientist Arnaud Delorme explains the science so you can learn how to focus your thoughts.

There is more to this world — and you — than meets the eye.

A scientific view of our inner experiences

Science has profoundly changed the way we view reality, but there is so much more waiting to be discovered. A more complete understanding of our world requires a more advanced set of tools and practices. IONS uses scientific exploration and personal discovery to push beyond the current limits of human knowledge.

Inspired by a profound experience of personal discovery, Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell created IONS in 1973 to explore the interplay between scientific knowledge and inner knowing.

Today, we have the world’s largest team of multidisciplinary scientists conducting research on frontier topics in consciousness and its impact in our lives.

Explore Our Experiments, Expand Your Perspective

We research outer limits and inner spaces to reveal a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of reality and extend our capacities as humans.

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