Join us in exploring human consciousness:

The most compelling frontier of our time.

Friday Monthly Meetings—the Heart of IONS Tucson. Our local community group meets on the first Friday evening of the month at 6:30pm. Speakers focus on issues important to IONS: complementary healing modalities; research on the physical responses to music, meditation, homeopathy, and water; the exciting field of Consciousness Research; and much more.

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+++September’s First Friday Speaker+++

WAS BUDDHA JUST A NICE GUY?

MIRACLES AND MARVELS THROUGH THE LENS OF SCIENCE

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With Dean Radin, PhD. (via Skype)

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public    Suggested Donation $5
Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco, off River between Swan & Craycroft

In this live-streamed video presentation, Dr. Radin poses the questions:  Was Buddha just a nice guy? Did Buddha’s teachings thrive because he was more attractive or charismatic than most, or because he was a great teacher and a tireless advocate of the poor? Or — and here’s the core question we’ll explore — was it also because he was an enlightened being with profound insights into the nature of Reality, and because he possessed supernormal abilities? We could ask similar questions about Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Milarepa, or a host of other prominent figures associated with special illumination, wisdom, or grace. Did these people just sport great tans and know how to work a crowd, or did they understand something genuinely deep about the human condition, and our potentials, that are not yet explained by science (but can be scientifically explored)?

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California and Volunteer Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and three books including The Conscious Universe, Entangled Minds, and Supernormal, which won the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award.

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+++October’s First Friday Speaker+++

BRIDGING SPIRITUALITY AND SCIENCE WITH
JESUS, PAN AND TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

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With David Wilkinson, PhD.

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Open to the Public Suggested Donation $5
Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco,  off River between Swan & Craycroft

What do the teacher from Nazareth, a demi-god from Greco-Roman mythology, and an early 20th century French Jesuit theologian/paleontologist/geologist have to do with connections between spirituality and science? Please join us as Dr. Wilkinson explores early expressions of the oneness of all the created universe, as reflected in the teachings of Jesus, the worship of nature personified in the deity Pan, and the writings of Fr. Pierre Teilhard deChardin. Teilhard wrote that within every single thing, including animals, plants, the cells of our bodies, and down to the smallest particles of matter, there is “consciousness” — for that he was condemned as a heretic by the Catholic Church.

P. David Wilkinson holds the degree, Doctor of Religion, from The School of Theology in Claremont, California. He is a seventh generation United Methodist Minister, and recently retired after thirty-three years as pastor of St. Francis in the Foothills UMC in Tucson. He continues to make his home here in Tucson, between travels and other adventures. He is currently working on a book about Teilhard deChardin, which he has titled Jesus, Pan and Teilhard deChardin.

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