March 6, 2014 2 Comments
It is a widely accepted truth that Science has played a vital role in the evolution of human beings, development of lifestyles, answering basic questions relating to origin and also in developing many supporting fields which explain different aspects in the universe. Scientific study includes a certain process, a Scientific process, that includes different stages like hypothesis, experiments, results, theories and then a Scientific laws. And such process reaches an objective conclusion, taking into account only what physically appears and explains the world around us by external observation. Sometimes, during experiments, scientists perform experiments in order resolve a certain issue but it appears that something else gets discovered. Many discoveries in the history are done in this way. However, there is one such field of Science which has a hypothesis that consciousness matters, which is known as Noetic Science.
Now, we have two things which require explanation, firstly Noetic Science and secondly consciousness.
Noetic Science is defined as “A multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human experiences” (IONS). Noetic Science focuses on mind body connections. As stated in the above definition, a connection is established between the objective scientific tools, which relate to a physical state, and the subjective inner knowledge which as a result forms a simple relationship between human consciousness and human experience. Hence, Noetic Science is acting as a bridge between two different ways of perceiving environment. The Noetic Science apply a scientific lens to the study of subjective experience and to ways that consciousness may influence the physical world, and the data to date have raised plenty of provocative new questions, as stated on the website of Institute of Noetic Sciences. Here the arise of proactive new questions may point towards both ancient philosophical questions, such as does anyone hears our prayers? Is their life after death? Do humans have souls? and also modern philosophical questions as can consciousness and awareness play a part in identifying possibilities, solutions and outcomes? Studies in Noetic Science have provided answers to many of such questions, however, proving such answers is still a difficult task because such high tech tools we need are not yet invented.
And consciousness means awareness, as how we perceive the environment around us, in other words it is an alert state in which we are aware of ourselves and our situation. Noetic Science believes that consciousness matters, as stated above, there are ways by which we gain knowledge of our world, first be the objective scientific method and second be the subjective and internal which includes gut feelings and intuitions for example experiences we have that cannot be explained or proven “rationally” but feel absolutely real. This way of knowing is what we call noetic.
All subjective—noetic—experience arises from physical matter, and consciousness is simply a byproduct of brain and body processes. Similarly, experiments have proved that human thought, if properly focused, has the ability to affect and change the physical mass, in other words, our thoughts interact with the physical world. Hence, a connection between outer world and “inner cosmos” giving us the ability to change our environment with the help of our thoughts. This is Noetic Sciences.