Science and Evolution
Our intention for the Science and Religion Symposium is to periodically offer presentations by professionals in various scientific and theological fields. By addressing critical topics for our times we want to mutually explore the evolving New Universe paradigm, give public voice to people who want to participate in this dialogue, and help gradually mend the unnecessary rift between science and religion.
Topics explored/to explore on Science and Religion:
- How can the Science and Religion Dialogue be democratized so it isn’t owned by extremists on both sides?
- Exploring the Ethical Responsibilities of scientific proposols.
- Examining other ways of knowing reality – especially the Mystics of various traditions.
- Anomalies – the importance of seeing “failures”/aberrations as a creative resource for knowledge.
- Cosmology: Science and Evolution or God in Evolution
- Global Warming (and its political implications)
- DNA – how are we composed?
- Biological Dynamics of the Heart and Brain
- Scientific Aesthetics – how our bias for beauty and harmony distorts what we “see”
- Scientific Method/Hypothesis Testing – “you are never right”
- Mystical and Scientific Interpretations of Creation Stories.
- Organic Origin: God Particle
- Genesis and the Big Bang Theory
For future events please keep an eye on the website, and send us your suggestions for any topics you want to explore.
We acknowledge the NASA website for their extraordinary images.
We invite you to visit the Institute of Noetic Sciences/Consciousness/Science/Spirit (IONS). See our External Resources page for a link to their site.
The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971. Nations throughout the world had galvanized around the exciting frontier of space exploration. The potential for scientific understanding of our world seemed unlimited to a naval air captain, Edgar Mitchell. He was a pragmatic young test pilot, engineer, and scientist; a mission to the moon on Apollo 14 was his “dream come true.” Space exploration symbolized for Dr. Mitchell what it did for his nation as a whole—technological triumph of historical proportions, unprecedented mastery of the world in which we live, and extraordinary potentials for new discoveries.
The mission of these noetic scientists was, and has been, to expand our understanding of human possibility by investigating aspects of reality—mind, consciousness, and spirit—that include but go beyond physical phenomena. They seek to understand the inner world as thoroughly as we understand the outer world—based on the premise that what finds expression in the world at large is a reflection of our interior landscape. Today, thirty-seven years later, the Institute carries out its mission as a worldwide research and education organization in Petaluma, California, which also operates as a retreat center.