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This article is about an alternative theory of mind power. For mainstream philosophical discussion of the intellect, see nous. For the Oxford dons of the 19th century, see Oriel Noetics. For other uses, see Noesis (disambiguation).
Further information: Noology

In philosophy, noetics is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind as well as intellect. Noetic topics include the doctrine of the agent/patient intellect (Aristotle, Averroes)[1] and the doctrine of the Divine Intellect (Plotinus).[2]

Contemporary use[edit]

Since the 1970s and the foundation of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the term "noetics" has been adopted by several authors such as Christian de Quincey in Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code (2008) and Dan Brown in The Lost Symbol (2009), who write about consciousness and spirituality.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences describes noetic sciences as "how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world".

Many fictional TV and film creations, such as Fringe and the X-men film series, have adapted the concepts of "noetic sciences" into creating fantasy and soft science fiction entertainment.

See also[edit]

Traditional philosophy
Consciousness studies
Alternative philosophy and parapsychology
Classical psychology
Orthodox Christianity
  • Philokalia by St. Philotheos of Sinai, Volume 3, 1986, p. 16


Further reading[edit]

  • Davidson, H.A., Alfarabi, Avicenna, and Averroes, on Intellect. Their Cosmologies, Theories of the Active Intellect, and Theories of Human Intellect, New York-Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Kenny, Anthony, Aquinas on Mind, Routledge, 1994.
  • Brentano, Franz, Sensory and Noetic Consciousness: Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint III, International Library of Philosophy and Scientific Method, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981.
  • de Quincey, C., Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship, Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2005.
  • Frankl, V., "Man's Search for Meaning", Beacon Press, 2006.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of noetic at Wiktionary