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Table of Contents
I. View from the Velvet Blackness
II. Sea of Grass - The Early Years.
III. Into the Vacuum - The Mission
IV. Down and In - The New Journey
V. Invisible Realities
VI. A Dyadic Model - Interconnections
VII. Portraits of Reality - Interpretations and Paradox
VIII. Synthesis
IX. Toward the Future
About the Author
Document Text Contents
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“Edgar Mitchell’s ‘dyadic model’ is a breakthrough in the scientific under-
standing of reality.”

—Dr. Ervin Laszlo, founder and president of international think tank
The Club of Budapest, and author of Science and the Akashic Field

“Originally scheduled for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, Mitchell, as told
in this smooth blend of autobiography and exegesis, journeyed to the Moon
in 1971 (and generated great controversy over ESP experiments he con-
ducted on the flight). Within a few years, he had left NASA and founded
the Institute of Noetic Sciences, aimed at the systematic study of the na-
ture of consciousness. At the institute, he came to some fascinating con-
clusions, detailed here and based on principles of resonance, regarding a
possible natural explanation for psychic powers. Mitchell isn’t afraid to go
out on a limb; his contention that the universe ‘intended’ to evolve to
higher levels, for example, goes against mainstream Western science. He
grounds his ideas in data and reason, however, making this a strong offer-
ing for those who enjoy the books of Larry Dossey, Ken Wilber, and others
pushing the envelope of the science/spirit paradigm.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell offers a vision in which technology and intu-
ition are harmonized in pursuit of a more advanced consciousness. When
Mitchell was hurtling back to Earth after walking on the moon in 1971, he
had a profound sense that all things are interconnected, and that the uni-
verse is an intelligent process with which we need to link up. Mitchell tells
how, while returning to Earth, he carried out a private ESP experiment
that seemed to yield positive results. Mitchell concludes that our own con-
sciousness and beliefs are profoundly part of reality. A stimulating attempt
to reinvent the wheel.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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Yet they can’t see their way clear to acknowledge psychic resonance or
intentional psychokinesis, which can be observed and verified and don’t
violate conservation laws, as they utilize nonlocal resonance, entangle-
ment, and coherence.

If the Many Worlds interpretation were true, we would never find
ourselves in a universe that disagreed with us, because we would always
choose what we believe or what we want to believe, even at the subcon-
scious level of our understanding. Humans will rarely choose pain unless
they believe it will lead to pleasure. Therefore, if by conscious choice we
could branch our universe and remain in a pleasant one, we would have all
doubtless done so by now. In such a universe, scientists would soon find all
their own theories and experiments succeeded, while those of their critics
blew up in their faces. In any form of the Idealist thought, it doesn’t seem
that nature could invalidate our cherished ideas, yet nature often does
just that. In a Many Worlds universe, most of us would find ourselves in
Neanderthal heaven, since we could have avoided the responsibility and
drudgery inherent in evolving a civilization, choosing instead to discover
lush, green fields and easy hunting grounds.

The mystical version of Many Worlds is a bit more difficult. Here, one
must put aside conscious, thinking choice and choose with the heart (the
subconscious). In Christianity one must choose with the heart and have
faith. In most East Asian religions, one must keep practicing the choice
until union with the godhead (heaven, nirvana, samadhi) is achieved in
this life or the next. I’ve personally worked closely with several of these
ideas, and my personal, internal world has steadily grown more pleasant. I
have not, however, noticed that the world I live in has improved corre-
spondingly, though I’ve consistently wished it so most of my life. Merely
visualizing world peace does not by itself beget world peace.

Einstein quipped that the moon doesn’t go away when we close our
eyes. Only if the Idealist position were in fact true would it be the case that
physical objects in the macro-world vanish when we cease to look at them
or don’t have them in mind. Only if the moon were just a probability wave
in the mind would this not be an absurdity. In fact, the wave equation for
macroscale objects emphasizes the particle aspect and diminishes the wave
aspect of such objects so that the probability of the moon being anywhere
except where Newtonian equations predict it to be is vanishingly small
over any finite time period. Therefore, we don’t really have to worry that
the moon might vanish the next time we close our eyes. However, the fact
that it could, even with a small probability, apparently provides sufficient
latitude for the intent of Uri Geller to affect recovery of Edgar Mitchell’s
tie pins.

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Information was first defined in scientific terms by Norbert Weiner of
MIT, the father of cybernetics, circa 1942. He gave it an elegantly simple
definition: the numerical equal to the negative of entropy. In a famous
paper published in 1948, James Shannon of Bell Laboratories initiated in-
formation theory from which all modern communications techniques are
derived. Engineers and scientists agree that information is basically just a
pattern of energy. What is tacitly assumed is that the meaning of the in-
formation is carried in the signal itself. In other words, any mind should
interpret information the same way; if it doesn’t, then it is because that
particular mind is ignorant of that particular meaning. To understand how
consciousness knows anything at all, we must examine this idea more deeply,
as it contains a critical flaw.

Imagine a family of four: a mother, a husband who is a fireman, their
child, and a mother-in-law who is deaf. One night while they are all asleep
a fire engine from the husband’s station roars down the street, passing
their house, sirens crying through the neighborhood. The wife awakens,
hears the fire truck rush by, and thinks, “Thank God, it’s not our house.”
The husband awakens and thinks, “Sounds like ol’ #4. It’s probably Joe
heading for Oak Street.” The child awakens, frightened by the loud noise,
and begins to cry. The mother-in-law is roused, but doesn’t remember a
thing and goes back to sleep.

Each of the three who received the information attached a different
meaning to the sound. One received no conscious information at all. The
usual meaning intended for fire truck sirens is, Get the hell out of the way,
I’m coming through. Clearly the meaning attached to information is not
discerned the same by all who receive it. If there is intentional meaning in
the signal, it must be placed there by some intending entity, presumably
one that knows how to manage information intentionally. Managing

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About the Author


On January 31, 1971, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, then a U.S. Navy captain,
embarked on a journey through outer space of some 500,000 miles that
resulted in his becoming the sixth man to walk on the moon. That historic
journey terminated safely nine days later on February 9, 1971, and was
made in the company of two other men of valor: Admiral Alan Shepard
and Colonel Stuart Roosa.

Scientist, test pilot, naval officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author, and
lecturer, Dr. Mitchell’s extraordinary and varied career personifies
humankind’s eternal thrust to widen its horizons as well as explore its
inner soul.

His academic background includes a bachelor of science in industrial
management from Carnegie Mellon University in 1952, a bachelor of sci-
ence in aeronautics from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1961,
and a doctor of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964. In addition, he has received
four honorary doctorates, one from each of the following: New Mexico
State University, the University of Akron, Carnegie Mellon University,
and Embry-Riddle University.

In 1973, a year after retiring from the U.S. Navy and the astronaut
program, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. It is a
foundation organized to sponsor research in the nature of consciousness.
He is cofounder of the Association of Space Explorers, an international
organization founded in 1984 for all who share the experience of space
travel. Both organizations are educational organizations developed to pro-
vide new understanding of the human condition resulting from the epoch
of space exploration.

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He is the author of Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science, published

by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 1974, a major reference book. He has also been
the author of or interviewee in dozens of articles in both professional and
popular periodicals. As a lecturer, he delivers 25 to 50 addresses annually
on cosmology, human potential, and topics relating to the evolving future
of the species on planet Earth. His most current lecture series discusses the
implications of recent discoveries in science as they effect our individual
lives in the home, the workplace, and society at large. He is a frequent
guest on radio and television talk shows, and has been featured in several
documentary films relative to his interests. Having retired from govern-
ment service in 1972, Dr. Mitchell continues to write, speak, and conduct
research for a number of new books. He is also a consultant to a limited
number of corporations and foundations.

Dr. Mitchell’s honors and awards include the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the USN Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Distinguished
Service Medal, the NASA Group Achievement Award (three times), and
was a 2005 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

From Dr. Mitchell’s Writing
Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of

immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate,
sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a
small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery—it takes more than a moment to fully
realize this is Earth—home.

On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the
stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as
intelligent, loving, harmonious.

My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.

We went to the moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.

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