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‘Progressive Etudes on Consciousness & Noetic Sciences.’ By Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

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Cover image for 'The Astrosociological Imagination', with art & prose by Stephanie Thorburn, representing space advocacy themes
Cover image for 'The Astrosociological Imagination', with art & prose by Stephanie Thorburn, representing space advocacy themes
2014-01-10 11:50:57 - Excerpts from forthcoming title, 'Progressive Etudes on Consciousness Studies' by author Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Progressive Etudes on Consciousness Studies seeks to define concepts of new-humanism and the fruition of higher consciousness through enhancing human conscience and creativity.

This work is dedicated to Gaia Earth, in context of the growing fragility and insularity of both Earth and humanity. The text embraces definitions of 'homo noeticus' or new humans, evolving in an age of practical and philosophical crises. Humanity’s nascent environmental conscience is contextualised and complemented through the ethos of the Overview Institute. The mission of the Institute is to accomplish global unity and a shift in the cadence of human consciousness through the establishment of a holistic world view.

A consistent ethical theme evoked throughout the author’s work is the challenge of human progress in light of our increasingly enhanced technological capacities to ensure human survival. Technology is juxtaposed thematically with human empathy for the natural environment. The discussion is enriched through an integration of academic, spiritual and cultural insights.

Stephanie Lynne Thorburn is an author, social researcher and Reiki Master, who has written texts on both academic and holistic spheres; she also has a notable penchant and appreciation for the history of the popular music industry. All these facets are represented in this forthcoming work in the Progressive Etudes study series.

Key Concepts & Themes: Human Progress, Transformative Studies, Consciousness Transformation, new-humanism, global peace, paradigmatic science.

Nb. ‘Progressive Etudes on Consciousness & Noetic Sciences’ is the next working title in the author’s forthcoming ‘Progressive Etudes’ series.

Amazon Author’s Page: Stephanie Lynne Thorburn- ..

*The work has also been developed in resonance and support for the 39th Annual Conference of the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and the Spiritual Science Fellowship (SSF). Themes represented encompass new-humanism, higher consciousness and a desire for the establishment of global peace.

(Succinct summary information on IIIHS and SSF are included in the earth healing resources index, at the base of this release. The resource index includes information on a range of resources and independent organisations related to consciousness studies, ecology and noetics sciences, reflecting admirable research & humanitarian goals that

have been researched and recommended by the author.)


‘Homo Noeticus.’

Prose by: Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Progressive and avant-garde reading in the parapsychological domain frequently refers to the notion of ‘homo noeticus’ (1). The concept being addressed is related to humanity’s potential to evolve towards a heightened state of consciousness and intellect. ‘Homo noeticus’ is essentially a ‘new human’, originating from a nascent generation, with new refreshing beginnings. Desirable developmental traits for humans are theorised through disciplines such as noetics, to comprise abilities penetrating beyond our existing five conventional senses such as precognition, telekinesis, clairaudience and a growing ecological conscience.

I am not convinced the notion of ‘homo noeticus’ is avant-garde for those with a spiritual and ecological conscience. Earth and humanity are facing challenging times, and I feel admirable human qualities extend beyond the remit of individuals and concern the need for a conceptual reassessment of our environmental crisis. I hold a conviction that humans would benefit through a greater spirit of intellectual curiosity and a restored cultural confidence in constructive advances achievable through technology. Popular fictional classics such as Orwell’s ‘Nineteen-eighty four’ and Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ express inherently dystopian anxiety connected to philosophies such as trans-humanism (2). I resonate with the integrated perceptual insights of new-humanism. To ensure the survival of ‘Gaia Earth’, perhaps humans must first overcome our dependence on fossil fuels and embrace a genesis in our understanding and application of the technological sphere. This may be one of our fundamental challenges in cultivating the realisation of the evolving construct of ‘homo noeticus’.

Gaia Earth.

Igniting Global Consciousness: The Overview Institute.

I have also selected for inclusion in my study dedicated to Gaia Earth, a resume and vignette from some of my ongoing postgraduate published work on the emerging sphere of Socioastronomy. The PR-release ‘Efficacious Duality’ is connected to the ethos of the Overview Institute in welcoming a shift in global consciousness, grasped though realisation of the vulnerability of planet Earth perceived as a fragile ball of life, shielded and nourished by a fractured atmosphere. The challenge of achieving global planetary unity and furthering the evolution of global consciousness toward a holistic word view is ignited as a viable unifying vision when perceived through the insights of Socioastronomy; a nascent sphere I have assisted and established in line with the key objectives & mission of the Overview Institute. I share with the organisation a belief in the unifying effect of astrological paradigms in light of the cognitive and practical shifts mobilised through enhanced technologies of communication. My work is focussed on discussion of the precepts of The Space Renaissance Initiative (SRI), a diverse working group of astro-humanists with an agenda aimed at improvements in scientific education, environmental protection, cultural development and the establishment of humanitarian goals such as global peace.

Natural Resonance.

An ethical theme inferred by the challenge of enhanced technologies is the question of how humans might maintain an organic sense of connection to nature. For environmentalists of an eco-feminist persuasion, resonance with nature is potentially compromised by the prospect of a future where humanity may be confronted by the alienating domination of cyber culture, (even if such technology could provide genuine benefits for our environment.). This paradox I believe is challenging, although not impossible and an amicable resolution is interdependent on the human adaptive and creative capacity.

Footnotes & References:

1. Rodwell, Mary. Australian Close Encounters Resource Network (ACERN).

Discussion on the manifestation of ‘Homo Noeticus’. The conceptualisation of new humans or ‘homo noeticus’ is illustrating a ‘new age’ paradigm, expressed through specific conceptual schemata. See source:

2. Discover Magazine. ‘Science not Fiction’. Editorial by Kyle Munkittrick, September 2010. Evaluative discussion on scientific advances, transhumanism and fiction. ..

The Overview Institute homepage:

Web links retrieved, Jan 2014.

About Author Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Stephanie Lynne Thorburn is a freelance writer, researcher and Reiki Master. She writes features primarily focused on music and nascent areas of social science, including Sociology, especially Environmental Sociology and Parapsychology. She holds an MA in Sociology: Qualitative Research from Goldsmiths College, London, UK and a combined honours degree in Sociology/ Psychology from City University, London. Stephanie has undertaken a range of vocational diplomas via portfolio of postgraduate independently researched papers on Consciousness Studies, Transformative Social Studies and Graphic Arts (UKCHT); with Distinctions. She also has a Dip. in Parapsychology, w/ Distinction. Stephanie is a fellow of the Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy and Associated Complementary Therapies (energy healing division) and is on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Space Philosophy. In 2012 she also became an advisor and consultant to the Journal of Anomalous Sciences.

Stephanie has freelanced extensively for press, including the online news journal Los Angeles Chronicle and American Chronicle. She assisted on the Space Renaissance Initiative Board of Directors in 2010.

Over time, Stephanie Lynne has authored a series of music related eBooks, notably 'Incendiary Soul' and 'Blues Scholars', a compendium eBook of her features on blues greats including Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. Ongoing academic works include her Kindle publications, ‘The Astrosociological Imagination’, ‘Progressive Etudes on Human Progress’ and forthcoming title ‘Progressive Etudes on Consciousness & Noetic Sciences’. Other titles include ‘Dharma: The Poetics of Spirit’ and ‘Primordial Essences’, encompassing multimodal art and prose. Stephanie Lynne edits her own webzine titled “Nuance”.

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Socioastronomy research:

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Earth Healing Resources:

Earth Healing Institute:

Earth Heal- The Geoharmonic Research Project:

Earth Healing- The Ajna Centre for Reiki:

Global Consciousness Project- Princeton edu:

Healing Mother Earth:

Institute of Noetic Sciences:

“The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” The Institute’s primary program areas are consciousness and healing, extended human capacities, and emerging worldviews.” Text from:

Consciousness research, science & spirituality. The Institute have an excellent educational resource library with Parapsychology news, calendar of events, alternative healing courses.

International Institute of Integral Human Sciences:

“The International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) is a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, for the promotion of global inter-religious and intercultural understanding, and for the convergence of science, spirituality, and universal human values.” The IIIHS is also integrated with the Spiritual Science Fellowship (SSF), an interfaith member unit of the International Council of Community Churches, Geneva, offering spiritual services and educational programmes representing all traditions. The IIIHS was established in 1975 by Prof. John Rossner and co-founded with Dr. Marilyn Rossner, (Founder & President of SSF).

Annual Conferences of the IIIHS are held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The 2013 Conference was themed on re-enchantment through integration of spiritual experience and modern scientific knowledge. In 2010, the 35th Annual Conference was based upon the notion of the co-creation of a new humanity in a transformed Earth. The 39th Annual Conference in 2014 will be held between 1st and 10th August.

Suggested Books:

‘Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered’. (1987) Devall and Sessions. Gibbs Smith.
Key deep ecology text frequently cited within the ecological politics debate on ‘ecocentrism’, ‘technocentrism’ and ‘ecofeminism’.

‘The Earth Has a Soul: C.G. Jung’s Writings on Nature, Technology and Modern Life’. (2002) by C.G. Jung and Meredith Sabini (Editor). North Atlantic Books. Highly recommended read...

‘Thinking Beyond the Brain: The Wider Science of Consciousness’, by David Lorimer. (2001). Available from Amazon and related outlets. Floris Books. This text features contributions from the annual ‘Beyond the Brain’ conferences, and argues for a radical re-think in theories and methods related to investigating phenomena of the human mind.

‘Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind’, (2002) by Theodore Roszak. University of California Press, Berkley California.

- Web links retrieved: Jan. 2014.

Feature and resource index archived by Stephanie Lynne Thorburn.

Stephanie Lynne Thorburn
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