Media Alert: Real Science, Real-Life Noetic Scientist Inspires Dan's Brown's The Lost Symbol; Leading Mind in Noetics Offers Expertise

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CEO of Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) – prominently featured in novel – available to reveal Noetics link to book’s clues; explain the history and science of Noetics, reveal Noetic research experiments in the IONS “Cube.” Note to press: We can arrange a phone or in-person interview with Dr. Schlitz at the Institute of Noetic Science (cited by Brown as one of the real organizations included in the book), a two hundred-acre campus in Petaluma, Calif. and the home of the real-life “Cube.” She is an articulate, knowledgeable, and warm subject who’s been interviewed by many national media outlets interested in the “compassionate intention” experiments and other mind-body-spirit research conducted by IONS.

Noetic scientist Dr. Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, CEO of the Institute of Noetic Science

Unbeknownst to anyone anticipating the recent release of Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol, the little-known science of Noetics and The Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) are prominently featured in the run-away success novel, catapulting both into the international spotlight. The book’s heroine, Katherine Solomon, who helps Langdon unlock the secrets within the thriller, is a noetic scientist reputed to be modeled in part on the real-life CEO of IONS, Dr. Marilyn Mandala Schlitz.

Like “Katherine Solomon,” Dr. Schlitz started her studies with the ancient Egyptian texts and modern scientific views of consciousness. Both women’s father and brother were Masons. Moreover, Dr. Schlitz’ laboratory at IONS includes a 2000-pound electromagnetically shielded room, (now affectionately referred to as “The Cube”), where she and her colleagues conduct experiments on the multidisciplinary approach to the potentials and powers of consciousness and its relationship to the physical world.

With the vast current interest in the book’s references to noetic science, including the very mystery that such a discipline exists, Dr. Schlitz welcomes the opportunity to unravel the mysteries behind noetic science. The conversation will help readers better enjoy the novel, deepen understanding of clues buried in its pages, and shed new light on the reader’s own life and consciousness.

Since the early 70s, IONS has been placing the lens of science on the multiple interdisciplinary studies of the potentials and powers of consciousness with empirical research conducted under the most rigorous standards of science. IONS is a non-profit organization located in Northern California, whose membership is open to anyone interested in joining the collective consciousness to further research in the potentials of the human mind.


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