For the sake of science: Nevada County resident starts Institute of Noetic Sciences affiliate group |

For the sake of science: Nevada County resident starts Institute of Noetic Sciences affiliate group


What: Nevada County IONS Community Group

When: 6:30 p.m. on May 20

Where: Meetings are at the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living, 119 Florence Avenue in Grass Valley. Parking is available at the back of the Veterans Hall at 255 S. Auburn


In 1973, Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon, became fascinated by the immaterial sciences.

That is, he began more deeply exploring consciousness, and the intersection of spirituality and science.

During that year, he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, an international organization dedicated to using science to explore things beyond what is known in the physical sciences.

About two months ago, Karen Oakley became the facilitator for the Nevada County IONS Community Group, a branch of the international organization.

Oakley, who has worked in accounting, information technology and crisis management, said her passion has long been understanding consciousness, science and the intersection of science and spirituality.

“Science now has the ability to start proving on a scientific basis some of the spiritual experiences people have had,” she said.

The meetings are once per month, whereby attendees explore anything from quantum physics to string theory and consciousness. During their last meeting, the group discussed neuroplasticity.

“It’s collecting objective data relative to subjective experiences,” said Oakley of the group’s purpose.

The group is affiliated with the international organization, but is ultimately self-governing, she said.

The next meeting will be on May 20 at the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living. Normally, however, they congregate the fourth Monday of each month.

Contact Sam Corey at 530-477-4219 or at

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