Noetic Arts & Sciences
What is ‘Noetic Science’?
Noetic science explores the nature and potentials of consciousness using multiple ways of knowing—including intuition, feeling, reason, and the senses. It is disciplined inquiry into the “inner cosmos” of the mind (consciousness, soul, spirit) and how it relates to the “outer cosmos” of the physical world.
Noetic science explores the frontiers of consciousness from three perspectives:
(1) First-person perspective supports individuals explore and develop their own subjective consciousness (e.g., meditation and other spiritual practices). Emphasis on inner knowing and personal transformation.
(2) Second-person perspective explores and supports transformative relationships and intersubjective consciousness (e.g., compassionate dialogue, community building, a global wisdom society). Emphasis on transformative learning and collective wisdom.
(3) Third-person perspective gathers data about objective physiological correlates of consciousness (e.g., research using rigorous scientific protocols, including experiments in neuroscience, cognitive modeling and artificial intelligence, psi, mind-body healing, and subtle energies). Emphasis on scientific understanding.
These are the complementary elements of a “noetic science.” All three perspectives value and employ multiple ways of knowing in varying combinations. The goal of this work is to support individuals transform their own consciousness (developing their innate human potentials and creative capacities) as a foundation for collective transformation toward a global wisdom society.
What are ‘Noetic Arts’?
Noetic science is about gaining knowledge of consciousness—what it is, how it evolves, and what it can do—through rigorous testing of hypotheses, assumptions, and beliefs.
Noetic arts are about expressing consciousness using any media that enable the artist to give voice to the soul’s innate intelligence.
Both science and the arts use different combinations of senses, reason, feeling, and intuition. However, whereas science is, first and foremost, a method for testing what we think we know about ourselves and the world, the arts are ways of expressing what we know through feeling, intuition, inspiration, and imagination.
Noetic arts express the intelligence of nature, through creative symbolic imagination. Noetic sciences explore how nature manifests intelligence, though observation and experiment.