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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 April 20, 2012
This is the second edition of Breaking News, giving you the latest updates on what's happening in Research at IONS. Last week, three of our visiting scholars participated in the "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conference hosted by our longtime friends and collaborators at the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona...
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 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 Alan Pierce on Dec. 11, 2013
Thanks to a team of researchers, including scientists from IONS, the study of mediumship recently made its debut in the academic journal Frontiers in Psychology. This pioneering study funded by the BIAL Foundation investigated both the accuracy and the mental activity of mediums as they were tasked with communication with the deceased.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Alan Pierce on Nov. 30, 2013
How do you envision a world transformed? This is the question that sparked the beginning dialogue at a recent meeting of four like-minded organizations in Sedona, Arizona: the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Greenheart International, the Theosophical Society in America, and Integral Transformative Practice International.
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.