Dan Brown is the author of the famous “DaVinci Code” novel and it’s followup “Angels and Demons” that were both made into movies. His most recent mystery, “The Lost Symbol” evidently has as it’s heroine one “Katherine Solomon”, a noetic scientist patterned after real people. Particularly Marilyn Schlitz, the CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).
Here Marilyn writes about Becoming a Fictional Character. IONS summarizes what noetics is for the new books audience.
Of course, the book includes symbologist Robert Langdon. Katherine is evidently the love interest. And it includes direct reference to Lynne McTaggart, journalist, science author, and the person behind The Intention Experiment. Lynne talks about it here, including the facts.
From the book:
“The shocking discovery, it seemed, paralleled the ancient spiritual belief in a ‘cosmic consciousness’— a vast coalescing of human intention that was actually capable of interacting with physical matter. Recently, studies in mass meditation and prayer had produced similar results in Random Event Generators, fueling the claim that human consciousness, as Noetic author Lynne McTaggart described it, was a substance outside the confines of the body . . . a highly ordered energy capable of changing the physical world. Katherine had been fascinated by McTaggart’s book The Intention Experiment, and her global, Web-based study — theintentionexperiment.com — aimed at discovering how human intention could affect the world.”
A remarkably explicit reference to Lynne. I would not describe consciousness as a “substance”. And it can interact with matter and energy because they occur within it and of it. Intention IS the world. But it’s good that the ideas are being seeded in popular books. Now we just need to communicate a deeper understanding of how perception of that evolves and what our real foundations are.
Katherine Solomon is said to say “The idea of universal consciousness is no ethereal New Age concept. It’s a hard-core scientific reality. . . and harnessing it has the potential to transform our world. . . What’s more it’s happening right now. You can feel it all around you. Technology is linking us in ways we never imagined possible: Twitter, Google, Wikipedia and others all blend to create a web of interconnected minds.”
I would not use the word “harness” – if it is universal, it is you also. The key is rather becoming that.
When awareness rises enough, you never know where the ideas will show up from.