- IONS Film Project
On Saturday, October 27th, 2012, the Mayor of Petaluma, California honored Edgar Mitchell with the Key to the City. Edgar's moving statements on his life and his desire to help others live peacefully on this magnificent planet brought the audience to their feet.
Steve, Cassi, and Josh talk about the IONS internship program and its attraction to a new generation of scientists. They also discuss how the work that the interns are doing is helping to create and maintain our online resources on meditation, subtle energies, compassionate intention, and spontaneous remission from life-threatening illnesses.
In this session from the Summer of Peace 2012 Telesummit's Science of Peace Week, host Cassandra Vieten talk with guest Paul J. Zak: Scientist, Author, and Founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University.
This short video debuted at IONS' 40th anniversary celebration at EarthRise Center on January 20th, 2013. This was the opening day of our new Environmental Education Center, which showcases plans to develop EarthRise into one of the most environmentally sustainable retreat, education, and research centers in the world.
This was a webinar recorded on November 23, 2013, co-hosted by the Dutch Society for Psychical Research and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The hypothesis of the Global Consciousness Project is that there is a collective or global mind that is detectable with physical devices called random number generators. Dr. Bancel gives a high-level description of the project and the primary results, and then dives into the many subtleties involved in interpreting the results.
Besides the use of fresher and perhaps more nutritious ingredients, homemade soup offers a component that is absent from commercial soups—mother's nurturing intentions. Do such intentions matter? A previously reported study investigated this question by exposing samples of chocolate, a natural mood enhancer, to focused beneficial intentions, and then testing under double-blind conditions whether people eating the intentionally treated chocolate would report better mood as compared to people eating untreated chocolate from the same source. The study's outcome supported the intention-enhancement hypothesis.
by Julie Beischel, PhD, Mark Boccuzzi, Arnaud Delorme, PhD, Leena Michel, Paul J. Mills, MD, and Dean Radin, PhD
During advanced meditative practices, unusual perceptions can arise including the sense of receiving information about unknown people who are deceased. As with meditation, this mental state of communication with the deceased involves calming mental chatter and becoming receptive to subtle feelings and sensations. Psychometric and brain electrophysiology data were collected from six individuals who had previously reported accurate information about deceased individuals under double-blind conditions.
With its increasing popularity, many people in Western societies express an interest and motivation to meditate. However, for many it can often be quite difficult to maintain a disciplined and or regular practice, for various reasons, ranging from a lack of time to general laziness. It is possible that machine assisted programs such as neurofeedback may help individuals develop their meditation practice more rapidly. Methods such as neurofeedback incorporate real-time feedback of electro-encephalography (EEG) activity to teach self-regulation, and may be potentially used as an aid for meditation.