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Shift Issue 14 - The 2007 Shift Report

Shift Issue 14 - The 2007 Shift Report

Evidence of a World Transforming

This ground-breaking, 80-page report from the Institute of Noetic Sciences charts the transition from a mechanistic and materialistic worldview to one that is built on a foundation of interconnectedness, cooperation, and the intersection of science and spirituality. Highlighted with numerous charts, graphs, and sidebars, it provides a meta-perspective on human social evolution throughout the history of our planet while connecting the dots from a cross-section of scientific research in the fields of psychology, biology, physics, and neuroscience. It concludes that while humanity faces numerous unprecedented challenges, a positive shift in human evolution is currently underway that is beginning to reshape our future.


Section I – Worldview Breakdown
While acknowledging the benefits that the Newtonian paradigm has provided, this section makes clear that the limitations of this worldview are exceeding our ability to overcome them, leading to potential worldwide disaster. The impacts of such factors as trauma, stress, and the fragmentation of consciousness are addressed.

Section II – Worldview Emergence
The unprecedented intersection of biology, systems theory, neuroscience, and quantum physics is revealing the contours of a new worldview, potentially sparking a new human potential movement. From epigenetics and the study of resilience to chaos theory and insights into the “god experience,” researchers are revealing a world of untapped possibilities, individual as well as collective.

Section III – Integration / Application
This emerging paradigm is showing up in different ways in the major institutions of modern life. This section briefly explores those impacts in the areas of education, medicine, business, psychology, and international trends. IONS’ relevant contributions to these various areas are highlighted.

Section IV – Living Deeply: The IONS Transformation Research Project
This section describes the methodology and some of the most compelling findings of this ongoing ten-year project to map the phenomenon of individual transformation.


Table of Contents


Letter from the President

Introduction (Download a PDF of the Introduction)

Section I
Collapsing and Colliding Worldviews

Social Roots of the Current Worldview Breakdown
Biological Roots of the Worldview Breakdown
Further Indicators of Worldview Breakdown

Section II
Worldview Emergence: Where Science Meets Spirit

New Physics

Section III
Institutional Transformation

Positive Psychology: A Change in Focus
Health Care: A New Model of Medicine
Business: The Conscious Workplace
Education: Inward Pedagogy
Globalization: Toward a New Synthesis

Section IV
Personal Transformation: The IONS Research Project

Program and Methodology
A Model of Transformation
What Catalyzes Transformation?
Cultivating Transformation
Transformative Practices




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