John White is an author and educator in the fields of consciousness research and higher human development. He has been Director of Education for The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research organization founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to study human potential for personal and planetary transformation, and President of Alpha Logics, a school for self-directed growth in body, mind and spirit.
Mr. White is author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit, A Practical Guide to Death and Dying and the forthcoming books Enlightenment 101: A Guide to God-Realization and Higher Human Culture and America, Freedom and Enlightenment: An Open Letter to Americans about Patriotism and Global Society and other books. He has also edited anthologies, including The Highest State of Consciousness, Psychic Exploration, Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment and What Is Enlightenment?.
His writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Esquire, Omni, Woman's Day and other publications, and his books have been translated into ten languages.
Mr. White was born in 1939. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College (1961) and a master of arts in teaching from Yale University (1969).
A Vietnam veteran, he attended college on an NROTC scholarship and then served four years as a naval officer, primarily in antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons. He and his wife Barbara have four children and five grandchildren, and live in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA.
In light of John White's presentation, we invite you to reflect on the Big Question for September 2010, “Have you had a noetic experience?" Following the presentation, we provide questions to guide discussion about the teleseminar.
America and the Politics of Enlightenment
John White maintains that (1) the spiritual foundations of America are congruent with those of the Perennial Philosophy, which emphasizes enlightenment as the key to world peace and happiness, and (2) the Perennial Philosophy is embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, which together provide a theory and practice of enlightened government.