Weaving Together Knowledge and Knowing
Through modern scientific inquiry, we seek to better understand a timeless truth — humanity is deeply interconnected.
Scientific Discovery and Personal Exploration
For centuries, the power of science has propelled us forward. It has unlocked the mysteries of the natural world and driven human innovation. Robust scientific inquiry serves as the basis for progress by providing a sturdy, objective foundation on which to build.
At the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), we are inspired by the power of science to explain phenomena not previously understood, harnessing the best of the rational mind to make advances that further our knowledge and enhance our human experience.
The mission of the Institute of Noetic Sciences is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery.
As scientists focused on what are common but not often understood phenomena, we are also aware of the vast historical records of wisdom practices that also speak to the mysteries and possibilities which allow us to access more of our human capacities. At IONS, our scientists apply the rigors of their respective disciplines to explore such phenomena, with a focus on understanding humanity’s inherent interconnectedness and the inner wisdom common to us all.
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence Nikola Tesla
For most of us, this shared wisdom shows up in many forms—inspiration that leads us, intuition that protects us, awe that compels us, and awakening that transforms us. Whether it comes in a flash, a flicker, or a steady flow, this innate guidance system has allowed us to uncover deep insights about ourselves for generations.
This inner wisdom is inherent to our humanness and has been accessed for millennia through meditation, prayer, yogic practices, and other ancient methods. At IONS, we draw on the evidence of these age-old traditions to construct carefully-formulated hypotheses about the power of interconnection and its potential to help us thrive, both individually and as a collective. Through direct-experience research, we apply the lens of modern science to topics often perceived as mysterious or elusive, such as the power of belief to accelerate healing or the connection between intuition and invention.
Evidence from every domain—from medicine and technology, to education and business—demonstrates that when we access our innate knowing to gain clarity and discover deeper truths about ourselves, it fuels progress for everyone. Every day, the team at IONS is using the power of science to reveal the link between an individual’s inner wisdom, the interconnectedness which unites us all, and its power to enhance our lives.
Training the Lens of Science on the Edges of Awareness
As we reveal a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of reality, we are learning what is possible for humanity at this time in history.
IONS Strategic Pillars
IONS Discovery Lab
IONS is conducting the largest study ever done on the effects of transformative practices and experiences on well-being, self-transcendence, and extended human capacities.
IONS is making its moonshot – an application driven, multidisciplinary research program to reliably and robustly demonstrate the influence of human intention on a physical system.
Infusing Noetics into Daily Life
IONS is developing and delivering experiential programs that provide tools and practices to access inner wisdom and experience interconnectedness.
IONS is driving communications and partnerships that amplify our work, enabling noetics to permeate and uplift culture around the world.
IONS is the steward of noetic sciences, safeguarding the field for future generations and aligning people management with noetic values through a sustainable, integrity-driven business model.
When Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell viewed Earth from space, he was struck by a profound sense of universal connectedness. The experience was so transformative it shaped his life’s work—to bridge the power of science with this deep, internal knowing and illuminate the fullness of human potential.
At IONS, we’ve assembled one of the most dynamic, interdisciplinary teams working in the field. From world-renowned scientists to the finest retreat staff, from business leaders to community organizers, our people are ready to welcome you, work with you, and collaborate with each other to build a brighter future for all of us.
From established universities to institutes of holistic health, we collaborate with partners committed to helping people thrive in mind, body, and spirit. From professional organizations to prominent publications, we convene global leaders dedicated to advancing the well-being of humanity as a whole.