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Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" and Noetic Science.

Updated on August 23, 2010

Dan Brown's New Book

Dan Brown’s new book “The Lost Symbol” arrived at my house on the release date.  I was not able to get right to it since I was finishing up reading “Wicked”.  Finally I was able to pick up the book and started perusing the pages.  For me, reading a Dan Brown book is like going on an adventure and doing it with one of my favorite characters.  Dr. Robert Langdon did not disappointment me and neither did the book. This adventure led me through our nation’s capitol and was filled with intrigue on every page.  This book contains all the necessary elements to make it a good thriller.  There was murder, secrecy, tattoos, Masons, Capitol Rotunda, unforgettable characters, and Noetic Science.  I know a little about a lot of things but knew nothing about Noetic Science.  This led me on a little side adventure.

What is Noetic Science?

Let's start off with where noetic comes from. We are all used to the word and its meaning when we say "science". Noetic comes from ancient Greek word nous, which means, intuitive, or inner knowing; is about as close a translation as one can get. But is it truly a science, or more closely a philosophy.

Noetic Science looks into our consciousness to find out how we use reason, intuition, feeling and the senses. It looks at how many of us do not use these to their full potential. Delving into our consciousness, our soul and finding ways to see how it relates to the physical world. Haven't we all heard the saying "gut feeling" or "women's intuition" when being asked to trust our instincts. Or how about something happens and you say to yourself "deja vu".

Noetic Science looks at how we can explore and develop this level of consciousness. One Way on doing this for ourselves is through meditation. Many believe as children we are more in touch with our inner selves. We are more attuned to our subjective consciousness. That as we get older we stop using that ability and it lays dormant.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded in 1974 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell and industrialist Paul Temple, headquartered in Petaluma, California. IONS research and education cover three areas: worldwide transformation, consciousness and healing, and extended human capacity. The institute host retreats, seminars, workshops, and educational activities. One can tour the campus once a month, if so inclined.

Final Thoughts

I know some people just do not go in for this type of stuff. For me I have long felt that there are things unknown and one of those is the power of our subconsciousness. Before you put this on the back burner think for a minute if you have ever had something happen, that inner voice saying don't do that. When I was a kid I had many cases of deja vu and other things happen too me. But one I remember that was told to me and stuck with me for years. I heard a story of a friend, of a friend who lived in New York and she would walked home from work. She always took the same route every time she headed home. There was a park she would cut through because it saved her time and the park was in a nice area so she never worried. It was early evening when she got to the park, and for some reason she stopped. Her gut feeling was saying, tonight go the long way something bad is in the park. So she took the long way home. Then next morning she heard that a woman had been killed in the park at the time she would have been walking through. I know many of us have had similar situations and feelings. I always tell my daughter trust your feelings and intuition. If something isn't right and your gut is telling you to leave then leave.

So now I leave you to either explore or ignore the possibilties of what Noetic Science is delving into.


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      Karen Gibson Roc 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      i'm reading Dan Browns the lost symbol right now!! and started thinking about Noetics..came across it some years ago and didn't think much about it...came across Lynn McTaggart and the intention experiment...the book was a little heavy but i think i just wasn't ready!! i think i will give it a second chance..this science intrigues me!! i loved you was just the right amount of information and i like how you tied it into the book!! cool!!

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      Michele 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      You never know though, do you? UFO's? Awful waste of space and mathematically/statistically it is on the realm of a great possibility.

      And why did the woman that got killed not know. Because as I mentioned, many ignore that inner voice. I know listening to my inner voice has saved my butt more than once.

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      Len_M 7 years ago

      How come the woman that was killed didn't have that "gut feeling"?

      I think that Noetic science is quackery. Fun to consider like UFOs but not to be taken seriously.

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      Tricia Mason 8 years ago from The English Midlands

      I loved 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons', in spite of having some criticisms of the books, so I think that I'll get this one.

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      loua 8 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

      Thanks for sharing your interest its an interest of mine also...

      I see you are a Harley girl to boot...

      Its quite refreshing to find that there are members of humanity that see the significance of pursuing the development of our collective spirit as a dynamic force we all share in as beings of existence...

      Relative to the notion of harmony: I noted your post on Websense hub it was similar to the one I put yesterday; but mine was gone today so you may want to look see if you wasted your effort in presenting a valid response to the raving...

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      Hillary 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      As futurist Arthur C. Clarke said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".