Moving from Newtonian physics to quantum physics and from ancient mysteries to noetic science for untapping our human potential is a difficult shift in perception for most people. To help in allowing our perceptions to evolve, fictional and nonfictional authors and popular movies are entertaining and educating us.
A current fictional bestseller is: Dan Brown's: The Lost Symbol that illustrates how we might cross the consciousness bridge from our present understanding of science and mysticism to modern science's emerging physical discoveries and the power of individual and group focused thought.
Although people value different things because they think in different ways, modern science is providing concepts and systemic approaches to help us align, integrate and synergize our understanding of the human mind. Experiments at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in California and the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR) have proven that human thought, if properly focused, has the ability to affect and change physical mass. The extraordinary result is our thoughts actually interact with the physical world, whether or not we know it, effecting change all the way down to the subatomic realm.
In Allan Combs': Consciousness Explained Better: Towards an Integral Understanding of the Multifaceted Nature of Consciousness, the author guides both the expert and uninitiated through a historical journey of the study of consciousness from prehistoric times forward---while providing an integral framework for exploring consciousness that represents a potential turning point in the long evolution of the subject. Combs reveals an emerging direction in the field that integrates consciousness into a transcendental evolutionary model where consciousness unfolds in stages.
The keys to our society's scientific future may very well be hidden in the past.