At the March 27th meeting, Boise IONS commemorates the founder of IONS International, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, a former astronaut who passed away on February 4, 2016. Upon his return from his Apollo 14 moon landing in 1971, he had a powerful shift in consciousness; a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It appears to stem from the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.
To better understand this psychic/spiritual phenomena, as well as delve deeper into understanding of consciousness and ESP, Edgar Mitchell co-founded IONS in 1973 to encourage and conduct research on noetic theory and human potential. The word noetic means “of or relating to the mind,” and covers a broad range of study which includes ESP, meditation, spontaneous remission, lucid dreaming, and other parapsychological experiences. We will enjoy and discuss a video presentation with Edgar Mitchell in which he speaks about his experience and the founding of IONS as well as some of his more recent research into quantum holography.