Just finished reading “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown and it got me interested in Noetic Science. A quick google search led me to the website of “Institute of Noetic Sciences” where the question, what are Noetic Sciences is explained as below:
no•et•ic: From the Greek noēsis / noētikos, meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, or subjective understanding.
sci•ence: Systems of acquiring knowledge that use observation, experimentation, and replication to describe and explain natural phenomena.
no•et•ic sci•ences: A multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human experiences.
The term noetic sciences was first coined in 1973 when the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who two years earlier became the sixth man to walk on the moon. Ironically, it was the trip back home that Mitchell recalls most, during which he felt a profound sense of universal connectedness—what he later described as a samadhi experience. 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.”
The information on the website so far has simply fueled my interest in knowing why is it that some of the greatest minds of our times, including scientists, had not rejected faith but rather seem to find grounds for faith the further they studied the sciences. Why are people still researching books of faith – whether it’s the Bhagabat Geeta or the Bible or the Quran even though they’ve been around for ages? Is science going to prove the existence and the validity of faith and its myriad benefits? How will it impact the mass population?
Questions that beg more information, more research in a quest to find answer, an understanding of the world at large and our role in it.