Social Media and Noetic Theory: Collaborative Science Online
The ever-changing research and theories concerning noetic science are being explored through the assistance of social media sites. This allows users to share experiences and research, to communicate and discuss with other analysts and interested users to not only grow the community, but also the field of noetics. The sites concerning the theories of noetic sciences could be seen in the forms of two sub-communities, the private sector and the public sector.
The private sector or research based community focused on research studies and different theories with few opinions. They appeared to be mainly focused on their own personal work in their social media sites such as Dean Radin’s personal blog where he communicates his studies to the public hoping to receive feedback and criticisms. When viewing this commentary on the forums it was not unusual to see researchers comment on other blogs with theories and ideas. At the Institute of Noetic Sciences many researchers post their own experiments ideas, and sometimes actual data, to see the reaction from the community. An example of one researcher helping another can be seen in an article written by a relatively new researcher, Tam Hunt called Absent-Minded Science – Part I (http://www.noetic.org/noetic/issue-four-november-2010/absent-minded-science-part) and seen in the comments is a more advanced researcher Cassandra Vieten who gives helpful criticism and thoughtful ideas for the writer Tam to consider and implement in future research as seen in this comment.
On the other side of the spectrum is the public sector, those who are not researchers, but mere fans or interested people. In this community the user’s approval of noetic sciences are usually to the extremes, in a positive or negative light, or simply misinformed information of noetic science. These comments can be based off of personal feelings, personal experiences, research articles, and more. A simple example of enthusiasm towards noetics can be seen again at Dean Radin’s personal blog on a past post where a user, Tor, stated “Looking forward to reading this one!” a simple yet positive comment. Another comment, more in-depth, can be seen at another post where a commenter was questioning researcher Dean Radin’s study by pointing out possible flaws. These comments, although made by non-scientist/researchers can still have value on a public and research based discussions on online social media forums.
On the other hand some comments from this community can have a negative tendency towards noetic science. For example the blog WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com has an article on noetic science criticizing the credibility of the ideas. The site’s comments show a definite agreement in the article with this community, but overall can actually help noetic theory.
These examples in social media can actually help the growth of noetic science, not only of peoples’ knowledge, but also with the science itself. The two sub-communities, private and public sectors, make up this large community which can actually accomplish much for noetics. Because noetics have taken off on social media forums more people have access and are learning about the ideas of noetics. This in turn can create conversations online about these ideas and personal opinions. Sequentially, because researchers partake in the social media sites this allows them to receive more opinions and ideas to study and ponder thus enlarging the theories of noetics. If this process would be applied to other forms of sciences and mathematics it would help grow any field of study simply by the users of social media and the speed of online communication and online communities.