Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS, German: Institute for Noetic Sciences) is a US non-profit organization that conducts and financially supports scientific research on telepathy, psychokinesis, clairvoyance and the effects of meditation. The term noetic is from the Greek noētós (German: “spiritually perceptible”) derived and refers here to intuitive awareness that accesses knowledge that goes beyond what is available to the normal senses and reason. The institute was founded in 1973. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell and businessman Paul N. Temple were co-founders.

Edgar Mitchell (1930-2016) was a NASA astronaut in the Apollo 14 program and piloted the lunar module. He was the sixth person to step on the moon. Mitchell later stated that at that moment he had a mind-altering experience that left a deep mark on him. As a result, he became increasingly involved in researching parapsychological topics and human consciousness.

The quarterly journal is published by the Institute of Noetic Sciences Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness published. The institute has around 12,000 members worldwide; membership is possible from an annual fee of 35 US dollars. It is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. On 81 acre residential and educational campus.


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