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Progressive Etudes on Consciousness & Noetic Sciences

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Excerpts from the forthcoming title, ‘Progressive Etudes on Consciousness Studies’: by Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Progressive Etudes on Consciousness Studies seeks to define concepts of new-humanism and the fruition of higher consciousness through enhancing human conscience and creativity.

This work is dedicated to Gaia Earth, in context of the growing fragility and insularity of both Earth and humanity. The text embraces definitions of ‘homo noeticus’ or new humans, evolving in an age of practical and philosophical crises. Humanity’s nascent environmental conscience is contextualised and complemented through the ethos of the Overview Institute. The mission of the Institute is to accomplish global unity and a shift in the cadence of human consciousness through the establishment of a cosmological holistic world view.

A consistent ethical theme evoked throughout the author’s work is the challenge of human progress in light of our increasingly enhanced technological capacities to ensure human survival. Technology is juxtaposed thematically with human empathy for the natural environment. The discussion is enriched through an integration of academic research, astrological concepts and cultural studies.

Key Concepts & Themes: Human Progress, Transformative Studies, ‘the overview effect’, new-humanism, global peace, paradigmatic science.

*The work has also been developed in resonance and support for the 39th Annual Conference of the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and the Spiritual Science Fellowship (SSF). Themes represented encompass new-humanism, higher consciousness and a desire for the establishment of global peace.

(Succinct summary information on IIIHS is included in the resource index, at the base of this release. The index details a range of resources and independent organisations related to aeronautics, ecology and noetics sciences, reflecting admirable research & humanitarian goals, researched and recommended by the author.)


‘Homo Noeticus.’

Prose: Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Progressive and avant-garde reading in the parapsychological domain frequently refers to the notion of ‘homo noeticus’ (1). The concept being addressed is related to humanity’s potential to evolve towards a heightened state of consciousness and intellect. ‘Homo noeticus’ is essentially a ‘new human’, originating from a nascent generation, with new refreshing beginnings. I am not convinced the notion of ‘homo noeticus’ is avant-garde for those with a spiritual and ecological conscience. Earth and humanity are facing challenging times, and undoubtedly admirable human qualities extend beyond the remit of individuals and concern the need for a conceptual reassessment of our environmental crisis. I hold a conviction that humans would benefit through a greater spirit of intellectual curiosity and a restored cultural confidence in constructive advances achievable through technology. Popular fictional classics such as Orwell’s ‘Nineteen-eighty four’ and Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ express inherently dystopian anxiety connected to philosophies such as trans-humanism (2). I resonate with the integrated perceptual insights of new-humanism. To ensure the survival of ‘Gaia Earth’, perhaps humans must first overcome our dependence on fossil fuels and embrace a genesis in understanding and application of the technological sphere. This may be one of our fundamental challenges in cultivating the realisation of the evolving construct of ‘homo noeticus’.

Gaia Earth.

Igniting Global Consciousness: The Overview Institute.

‘Progressive Etudes on Consciousness Studies’ includes a resume and vignette from some of the author’s postgraduate published work on the emerging sphere of Socioastronomy. This work is connected to the ethos of the Overview Institute in welcoming a shift in global consciousness, grasped though realisation of the vulnerability of planet Earth perceived as a fragile ball of life, shielded and nourished by a fractured atmosphere. The challenge of achieving global planetary unity and furthering the evolution of global consciousness toward a holistic word view is ignited as a viable unifying vision when perceived through the insights of Socioastronomy; a newly developed domain established in line with the key objectives & mission of the Overview Institute. In principle, Socioastronomy co-exists with the Overview Institute in focussing on the potentially unifying effect of astrological paradigms, in light of the cognitive and practical shifts mobilised through enhanced technologies of communication. Socioastronomy further, supports the precepts of The Space Renaissance Initiative (SRI), a diverse working group of astro-humanists with an agenda aimed at improvements in scientific education, environmental protection, cultural development and the establishment of humanitarian goals such as global peace.

Natural Resonance.

An ethical theme inferred by the challenge of enhanced technologies is the question of how humans might maintain an organic sense of connection to nature. For environmentalists of an eco-feminist persuasion, resonance with nature is potentially compromised by the prospect of a future where humanity may be confronted by the alienating domination of cyber culture, (even if such technology could provide genuine benefits for our environment.) This paradox I believe is challenging, although not impossible and an amicable resolution is interdependent on the human adaptive and creative capacity.

Footnotes & References:

1. Rodwell, Mary. Australian Close Encounters Resource Network (ACERN). Discussion on the manifestation of ‘Homo Noeticus’ from article cited on ‘The Lost Haven.co.uk’ website.

2. Discover Magazine, science blog, 15/9/2010. ‘Science not Fiction’. Editorial by Kyle Munkittrick. Discussion on scientific advances, transhumanism and fiction.

The Overview Institute homepage: http://www.overviewinstitute.org

International Institute of Integral Human Sciences: http://www.iiihs.org

“The International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) is a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, for the promotion of global inter-religious and intercultural understanding, and for the convergence of science, spirituality, and universal human values.” The IIIHS was established in 1975 by Prof. John Rossner and co-founded with Dr. Marilyn Rossner.

Annual Conferences of the IIIHS are held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The 39th Annual Conference in 2014 will be held between 1st and 10th August.

Institute of Noetic Sciences:

“The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, (IONS) founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” The Institute’s primary program areas are consciousness and healing, extended human capacities, and emerging worldviews.” Text from:http://www.noetic.org

- Web links retrieved: Jan. 2014.

Feature and resource index archived by Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

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