Traveling back to Earth, having just walked on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell had an experience for which nothing in his life had prepared him. As he approached the planet we know as home, he was filled with an inner conviction as certain as any mathematical equation he'd ever solved. He knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate, as he expressed it later, "in a universe of consciousness."
Trained as an engineer and scientist, Captain Mitchell was most comfortable in the world of rationality and physical precision. Yet the understanding that came to him as he journeyed back from space felt just as trustworthy—it represented another way of knowing.
This experience radically altered his worldview: Despite science's superb technological achievements, he realized that we had barely begun to probe the deepest mystery of the universe—the fact of consciousness itself. He became convinced that the uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore, and that it contained possibilities we had hardly begun to imagine. Within two years of his expedition, Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.
Since it's founding, Dr. Mitchell actively served on the board of directors of the Institute. He is the author of The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical WorldsandPsychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science, Understanding the Nature and Power of Consciousness.
What We Do
Edgar Mitchell, ScD, PhD
Who We Are
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, transformative learning, and engaging a global community in the realization of our human potential.
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a 43 year-old non-profit organization that is dedicated to fostering a transformation in consciousness through science, education, and community.
We conduct, advance, and broaden the science of what connects us, reaching new understandings about the nature of reality and our extended capacities.
From what we learn, we create real-world tools that empower people to apply conscious awareness in their personal lives, and in healthcare, education, and business.
We host a vibrant community of explorers and change agents who are working together to make a difference in the world.
To create a shift in consciousness worldwide—where people recognize that we are all part of an interconnected whole and are inspired to take action to help humanity and the planet thrive.