PROVE YOURSELF: TELL EDGAR MITCHELL ABOUT SALVATION SCIENCE!
ASTRONAUT EDGAR MITCHELL'S INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES
The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971. Nations
throughout the world had galvanized around the exciting frontier of space
exploration. The potential for scientific understanding of our world seemed
unlimited to a naval air captain named Edgar Mitchell. He was a pragmatic young
test pilot, engineer and scientist; a mission to the moon on Apollo 14 was his
"dream come true." Space exploration symbolized for Dr Mitchell what it did for
his nation as a wholetechnological triumph of historical proportions,
unprecedented mastery of the world in which we live, and extraordinary
potentials for new discoveries.
But it was the trip home that Mitchell recalls most. Sitting in the cramped
cabin of the space capsule, he saw planet Earth floating freely in the vastness
of space. He was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectednessan
epiphany. In Mitchell's own words: "The presence of divinity became almost
palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on
random processes. . . . The knowledge came to me directly."
Mitchell faced a critical challenge. As a physical scientist, he had grown
accustomed to directing his attention to the objective world "out there." But
the experience that came to him in space led him to a startling hypothesis:
Perhaps reality is more complex, subtle, and inexorably mysterious than
conventional science had led him to believe. Perhaps a deeper understanding of
consciousness (inner space) could lead to a new and expanded view of reality in
which objective and subjective, outer and inner, are understood as co-equal
aspects of the miracle and mystery of being.
After his safe return "home," Mitchell sought out others who likewise felt the
need for an expanded, more inclusive view of reality. They resolved to explore
the inner world of human experience with the same rigor and critical thinking
that made it possible for Apollo 14 to journey to the moon and back. In 1973,
this small group of explorers founded the Institute of Noetic Sciencesderived
from the Greek word nous, meaning something close to "intuitive ways of
knowing." (Dr Mitchell's story is told in the book The Way of the Explorer: An
Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds).
The mission of these noetic scientists was, and has been, to expand our
understanding of human possibility by investigating aspects of realitymind,
consciousness, and spiritthat include but go beyond physical phenomena. They
seek to seek to understand the inner world as thoroughly as we have the outer
worldbased on the premise that what finds expression in the world at large is a
reflection of our interior landscape. Today, three decades later, the institute
carries out its mission as a worldwide research, education, and membership-based
organization in Petaluma, California.
Over the years, we have sponsored hundreds of projects, including a
comprehensive bibliography on the physical and psychological effects of
meditation, an extensive spontaneous remission bibliography, and studies on the
efficacy of compassionate intention on healing in AIDS patients (see our
Research section for detailed information on our scientific endeavors). Since
1987, the institute has published a magazine (now called Shift: At the Frontiers
of Consciousness) that highlights the broad field of noetic sciences also played
a key role in the development of the popular Heart of Healing television series
and book (shown by Turner Broadcasting in 1993).
In the year 2000, the institute expanded its scope by purchasing 200 acres of
land in Northern California for our offices, scientific laboratory, and retreat
center. Today we have nearly 30,000 members and close to 300 community groups
worldwide. We invite you to join our organization and get involved as we
continue to actualize Dr Mitchell's vision of deep exploration of consciousness,
self, and society.
About The Institute
We are a nonprofit membership organization located in Northern California that
conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of
consciousnessincluding perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention, and
intuition. The Institute explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit
conventional scientific models, while maintaining a commitment to scientific
Write to us at:
Institute of Noetic Sciences
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, CA 94952 USA
Call or Fax us at:
General Information: 707.775.3500
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Research & Education
The institute's work is dedicated to transforming contemporary worldviews on the
relationship between consciousness and matter. The implications of our empirical
research and community education efforts extend far beyond the laboratory and
the lecture hall. Indeed, our work speaks to a shift involving humanity's
deepest knowing and understanding of ourselves and our universe.
Three Principal Program Areas
Extended Human Capacities
States of Consciousness
Death, Dying, and Beyond
Integral Health and Healing
Mind Body Medicine
Placebo Expectancy Effects
Science of Wisdom
The pioneering work of noetic scientists gives us new understandings of how
beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world. Building on our
past accomplishments, we are developing a deeper comprehension of human
experience, including creativity, intuition, and intention.
We are accomplishing this within an integrated research and educational program
that focuses on the interfaces between consciousness, science and society. This
is a multidisciplinary, multimethodological, and multinational collaboration.
Our mission is to expand human possibility by investigating aspects of
realitymind, consciousness, and spiritthat both include and seemingly
transcend physical phenomena. The vision of this research is to foster linkages
between apparently divergent ideas and disciplinesand to explore familiar
territory with a new view of what is possible.
We function as a meta program, with each project carefully selected for the
knowledge it will add to our overall mapping of consciousness. Our efforts are
informed by an ongoing inquiry into those topics which offer transformative
scientific, social, or spiritual potential.
Please download our complete research portfolio. (1.4mb pdf)
To help support these and other important projects which await funding, please
contact Marilyn Schlitz, director of research, or Jenny Mathews, research
program manager, in the IONS Research Department.
The Institute has a limited number of research internships available, and there
is a selection process based on qualifications and match to current projects.
Internships are unpaid, hours are flexible, supervision for course credit or
accrual of practicum hours is available, and completion of work at home is
Research Interns work on various projects including:
· laboratory studies on the psychophysiology of distant intention, remote
staring, gut feelings, and intuitive hunches
· online experiments exploring precognition and distant medical diagnosis,
group consciousness, and online psi and psychospiritual adventure games
· studies on meditation, hypnosis, and biofeedback
· coding and analysis of qualitative data on consciousness transformation,
spiritual practices, altered states, and integral healing
· development of online educational content
· production of video documentaries
· assistance with invitational conferences
· creation of annotated bibliographies and multimedia databases
· anthropological research
· grant writing
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