Yes, I've heard about it. It's quite poorly named, because it's not science at all. The human mind is just an organic computer, and like the inorganic one I'm using right now, it can't influence the surrounding world in any meaningful way simply by processing data. No, like any computer, it needs peripherals, be they the robots on an assembly line or the human body itself.
The reason this nonsense has any popularity at all simply illustrates humans' astonishing capacity for self delusion. It's nice to think you have psychic powers, and that you can make some kind of a difference by thought alone, rather than, say, ACTION. It's the very same reason people pray. It's a way to feel like your helping without actually doing anything.
If you cultivate a mind that embraces opportunity while expanding as far as possible your definition of opportunity, you will find the world a better place. I don't think this is a controversial position. Look up 'psycho-neuro-immunology' for a more scientifically noetic version of that idea. But if you are interested in practicing- I recommend playing a lot of poker or solitaire, with real cards, for long stretches at a time.
The idea that the human mind can be used to influence the world around us is something that resonates with me
Of course the human mind can be used to influence the world around us. Human minds direct human actions. When I decided to answer you here, my mind directed my fingers to type these words. Hence, the world is influenced by the mind.
"Noetic theory" is not a theory in the scientific sense; it's just put that way so as to SOUND scientific. Real science is based on observation, not wishful thinking.
Woah my man, I never called you stupid. Thats the first thing.
Secondly Theory is by it's definition an intelligent guess based on what we know. Quantum Theory has, 'Theorized' the Higgs Boson's existence, I would imagine a scholar such as yourself will already know of the discovery of the God Particle so surely that is someway to this 'Proof' you are looking for.
Ok well what about things like the Uncertainty Principle or quantum entanglement which is being used inside quantum computers.
I believe these things should open peoples minds and show that, we don't know everything, Physics as we know it could only be the tip of the iceberg. Everything we know about the way the universe works could be blown apart by some of the discoveries being made in this age, so yeah maybe it is "you create your reality", but I don't think it's silly and I think they have proved it may not be complete nonsense.