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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 and 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 the term "noetics" has been employed by several authors like Dan Brown in The Lost Symbol and others who write about consciousness and spirituality.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences proposes noetic sciences as "how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world".[3]

Many 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


  1. ^ Daniel D. De Haan (2010). "Aristotle's De Anima: A Common Point of Departure for Averroistic and Thomistic Noetics?".
  2. ^ Richard T. Wallis. Neoplatonism and Gnosticism. SUNY Press, 1992, p. 99ff.
  3. ^ Institute of Noetic Sciences. <>

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