The mission of the Institute of Noetic Sciences is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence

Nikola Tesla

Dr Edgar Mitchell NASA Astronaut Apollo 14

Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Edgar Mitchell became the sixth person to walk on the moon. His purpose was to conduct in-depth research on the lunar surface as a member of the Apollo 14 mission. When his mission was coming to an end, however, an entirely new purpose emerged—one that would define his life for decades to come and contribute to the awakening of the planet.

Travelling back from the moon amidst the vast darkness of the cosmos, Dr. Mitchell’s eyes became fixed on the blue sphere we call home. Nearing Planet Earth, he was enveloped by a profound sense of universal connectedness.

“I realized that the story of ourselves as told by science—our cosmology, our religion—was incomplete and likely flawed. I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discrete things in the universe wasn’t a fully accurate description. What was needed was a new story of who we are and what we are capable of becoming.”

Dr. Edgar Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell’s transformative experience led him to establish the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in 1973. He understood that by applying the scientific rigour used in his explorations of outer space, we could better understand the mysteries of inner space—the space in which he felt an undeniable sense of interconnection and oneness. Dr. Edgar Mitchell passed away in February 2016.

IONS, continues this work today. They are using the power of science to explore our inner space, understanding that both objective knowledge and subjective knowing are necessary for a more complete understanding.

For over four decades, IONS has continued Mitchell’s legacy of using science to advance understanding of extraordinary human experiences and their impact in our lives.

Experiments – What Survives Death Survey

IONS is advancing the field through initiating experiments and research studies that expand the boundaries of our knowledge through rigorous, repeatable, peer-reviewed methodologies

What Survives Death?

Status: In Progress

Much attention has been paid to the question “Is there life after death?” in the media and with research studies, especially in regards to whether people believe it or not. But we rarely ask “What part of us (if any) survives our physical death?” Personality, memories, soul, nothing, or something else?

The purpose of this study is to learn people’s beliefs about what part of us, if any, survives physical death.

Study activities include completing a 5-7 minute anonymous online survey. Here is the link to the survey  if you would like to take part