Noetic Now / IONS April 2012

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April 2012


As you know, the essential focus of the Institute's work is research into consciousness and the implications of what we find. This research takes place both in laboratory and clinical settings, often with collaborators, and usually leads to a published paper. As we heard in our recent member survey as well as from others, there is strong interest in timely information about our projects, papers, and media coverage. To that end, we're starting a new email list for those wanting to stay in closer contact with the activities of IONS Research. Breaking News will provide short, periodic (once or twice a month) updates on things like new projects, new grants, publications, speaking engagements, and the latest scientific developments... directly from our research team. To subscribe to our Breaking News emails, go here.

Noetic Now

IONS is exploring ways to evolve the noetic sciences so we can better conduct and communicate the kind of thought-provoking work that is telling a new story of our human potential. Ever-tightening budgets are forcing us to be more creative in the ways we do this and our strategies for generating revenue. This may include a subscription-based interactive journal or fee-based, more engagement-rich website or content partnerships with other aligned organizations. As we approach our 40th year, our intent is ultimately to develop a model of organizational sustainability that positions us for the next decade and beyond while meeting the needs of a growing audience of seekers. To that end, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and let us know what you think.

New Features

  Twin Telepathy and the Illusion of Separation
by Diane Powell, PhD

Evidence of remarkable synchronicities and communications between twins continues to confound conventional research into human consciousness.

The Soul of Matter: All the Way Down

by Christian de Quincey

Everything is alive, argues this philosopher-author, and the sooner we realize this, the sooner we'll overcome our alienation from nature and transform the behaviors that are destroying our world.

The Emergence of Global Medicine
by Sylver Quevedo, MD, MPH

As borders dissolve, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to health and healing are becoming the norm worldwide.

Book Excerpt
The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation
edited by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and Richard J. Davidson, PhD, with Zara Houshmand

Scientific study of meditation has flourished over the past several years, summarized in this excerpt from a new book of groundbreaking conversations between the Dalai Lama and leading researchers from both Eastern and Western traditions.


Interesting Discussions and Posts

Important note: Your participation and perspectives are vital to keeping these conversations fresh. It's easy to get involved, but you'll need to have a login account on our website to join in. If you haven't done so, please sign up here and become part of IONS' online community. Be sure to use the email address where we sent you this e-letter. (If you'd like to change it later, that will be easy to do online once you've signed up.)


New Telecourse — Living Deeply

Mark your calendar for our next telecourse, "Living Deeply," taking place May 9 – June 27. Living Deeply is the culmination of IONS' ten-year study of the art and science of transformation in everyday life. As in our previous telecourses, the cost is $95 for IONS members and $235 for nonmembers (you can join now for as low as $55!); low income rates are also available. Click here to receive an email alert when the Living Deeply telecourse is open for registration online.

Mediumship Study — Part II

IONS and the Windbridge Institute are still conducting research into survival of consciousness with selected mediums who claim that they can sense if a person in a photo is alive or dead. At this point the emphasis has shifted to focusing these efforts on photos of people's faces who are alive. We will continue to analyze the mediums' performance and brain activity as they view these photos (without knowing who is still living and who isn't) and report the results to IONS members in the September newsletter. If you have photos of yourself or others you would like to share for this experiment, please click here. The people in the photos will not be identified.

Upcoming IONS Events

"Oneness of Being" — Join Navajo musician-activist Tony Redhouse May 24, 2012, at the EarthRise at IONS retreat center in Petaluma, CA, to celebrate Native American music, dance, and traditional spiritual teachings.

"The Science of the Siddhis" — Join IONS Senior Scientist Dean Radin May 3 – 6, 2012, for a retreat in the Bahamas with the Sivananda Ashram, where he and others will explore the ancient mystical and psychic traditions of yoga.

"Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation" — Join IONS Director of Research Cassandra Vieten and teacher-activist Lawrence Ellis May 4 – 6, 2012, in Esalen as they weave scientific findings with wisdom from the world's spiritual traditions to help catalyze deep shifts in personal consciousness.

IONS Conference "Save the Date"!

IONS will celebrate its 40th anniversary at our 15th International conference, to be held July 17 – 21, 2013 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California. Stay tuned for more details...

Featured Partners

  The Science of a Meaningful Life: Happiness and Flow with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, and Dacher Keltner, PhD
Friday, April 27, 2012, 9am to 4:30pm
Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco

UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center presents "Happiness and Flow," the second seminar in our 2012 Science of a Meaningful Life series. This event features flow expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, (Claremont Graduate University) and the GGSC's own faculty director and leader in the field of positive psychology, Dacher Keltner, PhD. Together they will reveal the latest research in a variety of fields to identify specific emotions and behaviors such as "flow"—that feeling you get when you are completely immersed in an enjoyable, challenging task—that are strongly linked to happiness.