A page-turner holiday treat.

December 17th, 2010

The book that last year triggered millions of Google searches for noetic sciences and string theory is out in paperback. It’s Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol.  And I’m excited about it. I figure that if the hardcover edition sold more than a million copies in the first 24 hours of its release, the new paperback edition means millions more will be exposed to the book’s facts on sciences that explore the untapped potential of the human mind.

In his page before the prologue, Brown notes that all organizations in the novel exist, and that all of the science referred to is real. The organizations include the Smithsonian Museum Support Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Interestingly, it turns out that Brown first learned of IONS when he and IONS president/CEO Marilyn Mandala Schlitz were seated next to each other on an airplane. It must have been on a long flight, because in the book it’s Robert Langdon’s sleuth accomplice, scientist Kathleen Solomon, who’s working on the same experiments as those conducted at IONS.

I read “The Lost Symbol” book last year. After 15 pages, I grabbed a pack of sticky tabs so I could mark all the pages that referred to the science experiments conducted at IONS in California and the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR). Experiments that had proven focused human thought had the ability to affect and change physical mass. (See my post dated 8/6/10 on focusing our energy.)

The setting this time around is Washington D.C., and the historical facts in this book are fascinating, too. If you’ve read it, or when you do read it, I hope you’ll let me know. I’d love to chew on the sciences presented with you. And, lastly, if you’re wondering if “The Lost Symbol” is as good as “The Da Vinci Code,” I’d say it’s better.

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