IONS Tucson is among the largest community groups associated with the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California.
OUR MISSION is to serve our community by offering opportunities to explore consciousness, inspiring a shift in perceptions, beliefs and actions.
OUR INTENTION is to create programs, study groups and events that focus on emerging paradigms, expanded human potential and integrative health and healing.
OUR ENDEAVORS align with the Institute’s mission of advancing individual, social and global transformation.
IONS Tucson holds a monthly meeting on the first Friday of every month, with speakers addressing topics on the cutting edge of science and consciousness research. Meetings are held at Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco, off River between Swan & Craycroft. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
We also offer several study groups that meet during the month. See the Groups page for details. In addition, we frequently sponsor seminars and workshops, as well as host social events, so you can get to know like-minded explorers.
Our Calendar lists all upcoming IONS Tucson events, as well as selected community happenings of interest.
If you have an event that fits our mission, please contact us at IONSTucson@yahoo.com.
We Welcome Your Support!
IONS Tucson is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the U.S. Tax Code. All donations are tax deductible and gratefully accepted. Please makes checks payable to IONS Tucson and mail to the address below.
P. O. Box 41613
Tucson, AZ 85717
Edgar Mitchell, ScD, PhD
Edgar Mitchell, best known as an Apollo 14 astronaut and the sixth person to walk on the moon, died February 4, 2016, the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. He was 85. Mitchell was a US Navy Captain, MIT-trained aeronautics engineer, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NASA distinguished service award, and 2005 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize among many other honors. What fewer people know is that his spirit of exploration extended well beyond space travel to his lifelong dedication to increasing our scientific understanding of the nature of consciousness.
Space exploration symbolized for Mitchell what it did for his nation—a technological triumph of historic proportions, an unprecedented demonstration of scientific achievement, and extraordinary potential for new discoveries. What he did not anticipate was a return trip that triggered something even more powerful. As he gazed at Earth floating in the vastness of space and contemplated the history and hopes of humankind on that lonely blue sphere, he was engulfed 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,” said Mitchell. “I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discreet 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.” That moment was an epiphany. As an accomplished scientist and engineer, he had grown accustomed to directing his attention to the objective world “out there.” But the experience that came to him while hurtling through space was profound.
That realization sowed the seeds of Mitchell’s next mission. A few years later, in 1973, he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Edgar was troubled by the prevalence of a dualistic worldview in Western thought and science that separates mind and matter. Fortunately, the advent of quantum physics provided scientific evidence that challenged this dualistic worldview. Experiments at the subatomic level revealed that (under certain conditions) one particle of matter will instantly “respond” when something happens to another particle, even though the two are separated from each other in space. Edgar interpreted that phenomenon as meaning that “awareness” might be present at an elemental subatomic level.
Inspired by Edgar’s vision, over the past four decades, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) has had a catalytic influence on the frontiers of scientific inquiry. Today, IONS maintains a team of seven scientists dedicated to the study of frontier topics in consciousness, an education team and innovation lab that translates our findings into real-world applications, with a global community of 80,000 with nearly 200 regional community groups who meet regularly worldwide.
The local IONS Tucson Community Group meets the First Friday of each month for a lecture/program. Other smaller groups meet throughout the month.