Anomalous Cognition : Remote Viewing Research and Theory

Anomalous Cognition : Remote Viewing Research and Theory


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Anomalous Cognition : Remote Viewing Research and Theory by Edwin C. May

Anomalous cognition involves the acquisition of information emerging from a distant point in spacetime that is blocked from the usual sensory systems by distance, shielding or time. From 1975 to 1995, Edwin May was a scientist and then program director for the U.S. government’s psychic espionage program, known as STAR GATE. With the closing of that program, research has continued at the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, in Palo Alto, in the areas of methodology and analysis, neurophysiological studies, personnel assessment and selection, operations research, the physics of anomalous cognition, and psychokinesis.
The conclusions from this 35+ year research effort can be summarized as (1) ESP exists; (2) the gradient of Shannon entropy is the key factor influencing information transfer; (3) because of the innate nature of the ability, the phenomenon so far resists training for excellence (and replication studies will not yield results), and (4) evidence for psychokinesis (PK) is questionable.
This book presents the state-of-the-art, with 26 key papers on research methods, physiological research, decision augmentation theory, entropy, other research, and research challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786494583
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edwin C. May is the leading figure in anomalous cognition research, and has authored more than 500 research and technical papers in this area. The former director of the U.S. government psychoenergetics research program STAR GATE at SRI International and SAIC for two decades, he is the president of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research in Palo Alto, California. Sonali Bhatt Marwaha is a research associate with the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Her areas of interest include Indian psychology and the synthesis of the cognitive sciences and anomalous cognition research leading to a theoretical framework. She lives in India.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword Richard Broughton 1

Introduction Edwin C.May 4

Research Methods in Anomalous Cognition

Anomalous Cognition: Two Protocols for Data Colletion and Analyses Edwin C. May Sonali Bhatt Marwaha Vinay K. Chaganti 18

A Target Pool and Database for Anomalous Cognition Experiments Edwin C. May Laura V. Faith 38

Managing the Target-Pool Bandwidth: Possible Noise Reduction for Anomalous Cognition Experiments Edwin C. May James P. Spottiswoode 48

Advances in Romote Viewing Analysis Edwin C. May Jessica M. Utts Wands L. W. Luke Thane J. Frivold 57

Advances in Anomalous Cognition Analysis: A Judge-Free and Accurate Confidence-Calling Technique Edwin C. May 80

Target and Sender Dependencies in Anomalous Cognition Experiments Nevin D. Lantz Wanda L. W. Luke Edwin C. May 89

Feedback Considerations in Anomalous Cognition Experiments Edwin C. May Nevin D. Lantz Tom Piantanida 104

Physiological Research in Anomalous Cognition

A Methodological Issue in the Study of Correlation Between Psychophysiological Variables Edwin C. May S. James P. Spottiswoode Laura V. Faith 118

Skin Conductance Prestimulus Response: Analyses, Artifacts and a Pilot Study S. James P. Spottiswoode Edwin C. May 131

Anomalous Anticipatory Effects in the Human Autonomic Nervous System Edwin C. May S. James P. Spottiswoode 152

Anomalous Anticipatory Skin Conductance Response to Acoustic Stimuli: Experimental Results and Speculation Upon a Mechanism Edwin C. May Tamás Paulinyi Zoltán Vassy 158

A Search for Alpha Power Changes Associated with Anomalous Cognition Edwin C. May S.James P. Spottiswoode Laura V. Faith 172

Neurophysiological Correlates of Remove Viewing Edwin C. May Wanda W. Luke Thane J. Frivold 195

Decision Augmentation Theory: A Phenomenological Model

Decision Augmentation Theory: Toward a Model of Anomalous Mental Phenomena Edwin C. May Jessica M. Utts S. James P. Spottiswoode 222

Applications of Decision Augmentation Theory Edwin C. May S. James P. Spottiswoode Jessica M. Utts 244

The Global Consciousness Project: Identifying the Source of Psi Edwin C. May S. James P. Spottiswoode 268

Entropy: A Fundamental Model of Anomalous Cognition

Anomalous Cognition Technical Trials: Inspiration for the Target Entropy Concept Edwin C. May Nevin D. Lantz 280

Shannon Entropy: A Possible Intrinsic Target Property Edwin C.May S. James P. Spottiswoode 299

Anomalous Cognition: A Replication and Correlation with the Gradient of Shannon Entropy Edwin C. May 314

Toward a Classical Thermodynamic Model for Retro-Cognition Edwin C. May 327

Testing Schrödinger's Paradox with a Michelson Interferometer Evan H. Walker Edwin C. May S. James P. Spottiswoode Tom Piantanida 339

Other Research

Forced-Choice Anomalous Cognition Edwin C. May 352

The Possible Role of Interntion, Attention and Expectation in Remote Viewing Joseph W. McMoneagle Edwin C. May 368

Anomalous Cognition Effect Size: Dependence on Sidereal Time and Solar Wind Parameters S. James P. Spottiswoode Edwin C. May 377

Research Challenges

Facing the Challenges of Parapsychology Edwin C. May 388

The American Institutes for Research Review of the Department of Defense's Star Gate Program: A Commentary Edwin C. May 398

Glossary 415

Publications of Edwin C. May 423

About the Contributors 429

Index 431

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