I am reading one of Dan Brown´s books and I´ve just discovered a very particular branch of Science: NOETIC.
This made me very curious and I thought of learning more about this topic with you! First of all, I have discovered that the word comes from the Greek (this isn´t any news!) “nous“, which means “mind” or “consciousness”.
But what is noetic?
If you’re looking for one definition, well, it´s the science that studies the relationship between human consciousness and matter. 🙂
I know that at first this definition can seem a bit difficult or strange, so I guess an example can explain better what noetic is.
Imagine a grain of sand: it has got a mass of its own, which exerts a certain amount of gravity, although it´s too small to be perceived; but if we consider millions and millions of grains of sand, they´ll have a considerable mass and their effects can be easily perceived.
Each of our thoughts or ideas has got a very small mass, and exerts a certain amount of gravity; as a consequence, if a lot of people think the same thing, this “mass of thoughts” will increase and exert a considerable gravity, which in turn will have an effect on matter.
I hope that the concept is clearer now.
The word “noetic” is relatively recent: a former astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchel, has founded the first Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in California and has contributed to spreading this term, but the relationship between mind and matter had already been studied by the ancient Indian culture about 4,000 years ago!!! The book that deals with this theme is called “Veda”.
Noetic rules are very revolutionary for current Western culture, which is based on materialistic science: many people are sceptical about this “new” scientific border; but, as Schopenhauer (a German philosopher ) said, the acceptance of a truth follows three steps: at first the truth is ridiculed, then it´s contrasted and finally it´s considered obvious! So I think that in the next years it is very likely that most people will accept noetic theories.
I´ve read about some interesting noetic experiments ! Here are a few:
– while freezing a glass of water, if a person “sends” positive thoughts, wonderful symmetrical ice crystals will be created; on the other hand, if a person sends negative thoughts, the ice crystals that will be formed will be asymmetrical.
– in another experiment there were two alternating images on a computer screen; at first, the people taking part in the experiment had to focus their mind on one single image to try to influence the computer. Later, they didn´t have to try to exert any influence on the machine. The results demonstrated that actually people’s thoughts and concentration can condition a computer!
These and other experiments have demonstrated that there is an actual relationship between our mind and the physical world, the fundamental dogma being that each thought has got a mass of its own, as I wrote above.
I´m fascinated by this science and in my opinion it might be a really interesting subject to study in the future… maybe in California. 😉
What do you think about noetic? Let me know!