Who We Are
Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, (FIONS), is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to exploring the meaning of consciousness in its many forms. Its founders were inspired by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), the organization founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut, Edgar Mitchell, ScD, following his return to Earth from his historic 1971 walk on the moon. On the trip back Dr. Mitchell had an "epiphany", an experience of universal connectedness so profound that it altered his life from that point on. From the unique vantage point of the space capsule, the image of the earth floating gently in space radically altered his preconceived and pragmatic view of reality: What if reality was more complex than physical science had led us to believe? Might the study of "inner space" – mind, spirit, and consciousness yield a more thorough understanding of the human experience and might this study expand our concepts abut the possibility for humanity?
IONS was founded to explore and apply scientific rigor to the inner landscape of spirit and to help us broaden and deepen our understanding of the human condition and the world we live in.
In 1989, three New York-based IONS board members created Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences to provide a local forum for like-minded seekers to meet regularly to discuss the ideas being generated by IONS' research, and ponder its meaning in their everyday lives. From those humble beginnings, FIONS has grown to become a vibrant organization with hundreds of members from all walks of life and interests.
What We Do
We support the research of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and collaborate with other organizations engaged in similar transformative work. We serve those who are interested in studying and exploring consciousness, who fervently desire to bridge the gap between science and spirit, providing them with a forum for stimulating and open discussion. We honor and value open-minded approaches, rigorous inquiry, and diversity of perspectives.
How We Do It
FIONS is deeply committed to fostering community. We bring together groups of people, members and non-members alike, into community environments in a variety of ways: We offer lectures, workshops, courses, conferences, healing circles, focused discussion groups, film screenings, and book discussions.
And here's the write-up I included on the video's page over at YouTube:
An address given at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences on March 31st, 2011, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, New York, New York. Allen Flagg gives the 5-minute introduction, and the talk is followed by a Q&A session. Videography by Mariusz Han, SJ. with just a few glitches.
In recent times, we have been experiencing a renaissance of spirituality that is closely associated with the electronic media environment that we occupy. Human consciousness and our understanding of the cosmos evolve, not only through the accumulation of knowledge, but through breakthroughs in our ways in our ways of knowing and relating to our world , to others, and to ourselves. We can experience the spiritual as part of a holistic, ecological view of the world, one that emphasizes the fluid over the solid, energy over matter, change over permanence, relativity over absolutism, patterns over things, verbs over nouns, sound over sight, and time over space.
And that's all for now from this ghostly realm of cyberspace, time for my digital double to return back to the ether from whence I came, until next time my friends, until next time...