The primary interests which actuate Prism are in the field of Philosophy and Science of Culture, with an attempt to touch with almost equal weight every speculative concern represented by disciplines within this field. The Noödynamics Institute is profoundly concerned for the broadening of that understanding in all academic fields which its members feel must be the foundation of whatever is valuable in the post-modern era. In this interest, Prism specifically strives to combat presupposition, in every discipline, seeking to divest the quest for knowledge of all formalism, and turning with eager and open eyes in every direction in which there is a suggestion of illumination — to thought of every complexion and to all levels of active concern with matters of reflection.
Prism aims for a sustained exploratory attention to cutting-edge scholarship. Despite important differences and even divergences in the various domains of Academia, members of the Noödynamics Institute from every domain are united in this expansive spirit of inquiry. Published scholarship in the typical 80–120,000-word monograph tends to be extremely formalized, and academic writing is often overloaded with obscure jargon, generating an intellectual gap between Academia and the public. Prism strives to overcome all scholarly obfuscation without compromising rigor.
In Academia, devotion to the cultivation of encultured disciplines is so restricted by 20th Century prejudices that every field of concern tends to assume the slant of an immured and dogmatic scholasticism; and the more illuminated post-modern observer is tempted to say that the greatest gift that can befall Academia is one that will cause its participants to forget tenure. Such a gift, certainly, is suggested by Prism, which comes with no such limiting strictures in the desire to open the best minds upon all the experiences of true Culture with a liberty that alone offers the hopes of social enlightenment.