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Science of Consciousness

While our materialistic paradigm would have us believe that our consciousness is housed in our physical brain and does not extend beyond it, there is growing evidence that this is actually not true.

A presentation that was given in February 2016 to the Chinmaya Mission in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Peter Bancel on the Global Consciousness Project

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.

How Has a Transformational Experience Changed Your Life?

On the Apollo Fourteen mission to the moon, Edgar Mitchell had a transformational experience. When he returned to Earth, he discovered that his experience was called “Samadhi” — A profound state of consciousness told of by mystics and saints, depicted by artists, and experienced by meditation practitioners for centuries. This video features Marilyn Schlitz, IONS President/CEO; Dean Radin, IONS Senior Scientist; and Cassandra Vieten, IONS Director of Research as they explore the role of Transformation in our lives and the influence it has on our culture.

Psychic Exploration

Psychic Exploration, A Challenge for Science is a primer on psychic research, life's purpose, and the meaning of the universe. Originally published in 1974, this landmark anthology of nearly thirty chapters on every area of psychic research is finally available again. Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and moonwalker, as well as a distinguished researcher of the study of human consciousness, brought together eminent scientists to write about issues once considered too controversial to discuss.

Electrocortical Activity Prior to Unpredictable Stimuli in Meditators and Non-meditators

Advanced meditators occasionally report experiences of timelessness, or states of awareness that seem to transcend the usual boundaries of the subjective present. This study investigates this awareness in eight experienced meditators and eight matched controls by measuring 32 channels of EEG before, during, and after exposure to unpredictable light and sound stimuli.

Consciousness and the Double-slit Interference Pattern

A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wavefunction. Each test session consisted of 40 counterbalanced attention-toward and attention-away epochs, and data was contributed by 137 people in six experiments, involving a total of 250 test sessions. The results appear to be consistent with a consciousness-related interpretation of the quantum measurement problem.

Psychophysical Interactions with a Double-slit Interference Pattern

Previously reported experiments suggested that interference patterns generated by a double-slit optical system were perturbed by a psychophysical (i.e., mind–matter) interaction. Three new experiments were conducted to further investigate this phenomenon. The first study consisted of 50 half-hour test sessions where participants concentrated their attention-toward or -away from a double-slit system located 3 meters away.

The Frontier of Noetic Sciences (Volume 3)

This compilation of articles represents a range of perspectives and topics in an area of exploration that IONS calls “worldview transformation”—beneficial changes in consciousness that affect how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. They were published over the last few years in the quarterly magazine Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness. This IONS members-only publication, discontinued in the summer of 2009, featured news, opinions, and research from the multidisciplinary field of consciousness studies.

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