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Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on June 3, 2010
When people ask me what I do for a living, I answer that I direct the research program at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. What follows are a range of responses. For some, a light of recognition is ignited in their eyes: “Oh, I love that place…cool!” For a few, there is the “Never-heard-of-it” glaze. And ...
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on Oct. 12, 2012
We completed our analysis of the collective consciousness experiment at Burning Man, Dean and I just returned from a trip to teach an intensive 20-hour workshop on the Noetic Sciences in Italy, our laboratory will be moving this month, and more...
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on Sept. 8, 2010
Each day the world seems to grow smaller and more complex. Wars rage. Intolerance breeds contempt across races, ethnicities, and nations. Refugees wander, far from their homes. In too many parts of the planet, children go hungry—ending their days filled with fear and hopelessness. There are plenty of reasons ...
Posted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD on June 21, 2012
Just this week, IONS Senior Scientist Dean Radin was interviewed in Los Angeles by Elizabeth Vargas of the ABC News program, 20/20. Dean was interviewed along with several other scientists about the science of premonitions, and now the producer is looking for people who have had a premonition and are willing to talk about it on camera...
Posted by Dr. William Benda, MD on July 20, 2010
No one ever mentioned thoughts in medical school, or throughout my residency training. Come to think of it, the term was rarely mentioned during my years with the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Mind, mindful, mind-body, yes. But no professorial lecture or class discussion on what actually constitutes our thoughts...
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on May 31, 2010
Non-scientists may not realize that most of the time in scientific research – especially research at the edge of the known, where all the excitement is – we really don’t know what we’re doing. Those few things we think we do understand are taught in elementary college textbooks.
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on April 4, 2011
It’s been quite a year – and it’s barely April. Extreme political unrest is underway throughout the Middle East. Earthquakes rock New Zealand, China, California, and Japan. Shifting plates and tsunami waves in the Pacific Ocean have nuclear power plants perched on the edge of total meltdown.
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on March 10, 2012
A few days ago, on March 7, 2012, Jeanne Achterberg, PhD passed on to the next phase of her spirit journey. Jeanne was a dear friend for decades. Her work with IONS was foundational. Jeanne was always in the vanguard. She was a beautiful, courageous, visionary, and spirited woman.
Posted by Katia Petersen, PhD on June 28, 2014
What an extraordinary trip! My heart is still filled with joy and gratitude for the special time I was able to spend with the most amazing group of people while visiting Cuba, not to mention a newfound appreciation for the abundance, freedom and power of choice we experience back home...
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on Sept. 5, 2012
What happens when we die? And how does asking this question imbue our lives with greater health, happiness, and pro-social behaviors? Thanks to the support of over 550 of you, we have been able to dig deeply into these questions and more through the 'Death Makes Life Possible' project. Here’s what we’ve been up to.
Posted by Elliott Dacher, MD on May 12, 2010
In the 4th century BC, Aristotle gave a series of lectures in Athens that became know as the Nicomachean Ethics. There he introduced the word eudaimonia, now translated to mean “human flourishing” – the innate potential of each individual to live a life of enduring happiness, penetrating wisdom, optimal well being...
Posted by Peter Russell, MA, DCS, FSP on June 1, 2010
Each of us would rather experience peace than suffering. One reason we do not experience as much peace as we would like is the result of how we see things, the interpretations we put on our experience.
Posted by Dean Radin, PhD on March 1, 2014
A newly published article in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reviews the evidence and discusses the implications and potential applications of the phenomenon of presentiment that has been studied in some 40 experiments in a dozen labs. The article is by Julia Mossbridge, Patrizio E. Tressoldi, Jessica Utts, John Ives, Wayne Jonas and me.
Posted by Diane Hennacy Powell, MD on June 11, 2010
As a scientist and neuropsychiatrist, I agree with the late physicist Sir William Lawrence Bragg’s statement that, “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.” One problem with research on anomalous phenomena such as out-of-body ...
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on May 8, 2012
I just returned from an exciting conference held at the biotech company, Promega. The meeting was entitled "Final Passages: Research on Near Death & the Experience of Dying." This eleventh in a series of bioethics forums was held in Madison, WI, April 26–27, 2012, and focused on scientific research into social and ethical issues around dying and near-death experiences. A stellar lineup of global experts addressed a wide range of topics as well as the implications of current research for understanding consciousness.
Posted by Matthew Gilbert on Jan. 31, 2012
Storytelling is timeless, and filmmaking, though a late-comer to the stage, has become a powerful tool for those with good stories to tell. Great films have been around since filmmaking began, of course, and everyone has their own list...
Posted by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on Sept. 18, 2011
The world is changing before our eyes. As we dip our toes into the 21st century, you and I are watching a full tidal shift in world order... Some may respond by denying the experience and others respond by opening up to further exploration.
Posted by Matthew Gilbert on May 5, 2010
According to a recent Retrevo Gadgetology Report, almost half of social media users say they check Facebook or Twitter sometime during the night or when they first wake up. Nearly 50 percent of those under 25 don’t mind being interrupted by a text message during dinner...
Posted by Dr. William Benda, MD on Nov. 2, 2010
Very few have heard of Dr. Roy, as his books and lectures focused on geochemistry, glass ceramics, and nanocomposites rather than low-fat diets and the number of steps to optimal health. But he was the consummate unsung hero of healthcare, and he passed away on August 26, 2010, at the age of 86, a true visionary in a realm where the word is applied a bit too freely and often with a taste of self promotion.