Monday, February 11, 2008


Earlier last week, we featured a delicious (if dubious) little item titled “The Mind-Body Connection via Intentional Chocolate.” According to The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a recent study found that adding positive intentions to chocolates resulted in significantly enhanced mood in those subjects who ate the “intentional’ confection compared to the controls.
Leaving aside the question of whether this actually works (and if so, how I can get my hands on some?!), I have a question for you:

Off the top of your head, do you know what “noetics” means? At dinner Saturday evening, someone stumped me with this. None of us, all post-college educated, reasonably literate people, could do more than guess. Now I was curious. I decided to look into it, and here’s what I found out. First of all, the dictionary definition of noetic (adj.): “of, relating to, originating in, or apprehended by the intellect. [Greek noetikos , from noesis , understanding].” And then, an interesting extension noted in the Online Medical Dictionary: “noetic anxiety: In existential psychotherapy, anxiety caused by confusion or loss of meaning in life.” (Or perhaps not enough chocolate? But I digress…)

And as for the Institute of Noetic Sciences (or IONS, the evocative acronym they often use):
“IONS is a non-profit research and education institution dedicated to advancing the science of consciousness and human experience to serve individual and collective transformation. Founded in 1973 by astronaut Capt. Edgar Mitchell, IONS was created to explore the interface of science and spirituality and to promote forms of consciousness that shift humanity from separation and conflict to collaboration, forgiveness and inter-connectedness.”

I’m feeling better already!

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