When Robert G. Jahn and Brenda J. Dunne first embarked on their exotic scholarly journey more than three decades ago, their aspirations were little higher than to attempt replication of some previously asserted anomalous results that might conceivably impact future engineering practice, either negatively or positively, and to pursue those ramifications to some appropriate extent. But as they followed that tortuous research path deeper into its metaphysical forest, it became clear that far more fundamental epistemological issues were at stake, and far stranger phenomenological creatures were on the prowl, than they had originally envisaged, and that a substantially broader range of intellectual and cultural perspectives would be required to pursue that trek productively. This text is their attempt to record some of the tactics developed, experiences encountered, and understanding acquired on this mist-shrouded exploration, in the hope that their preservation in this format will encourage and enable deeper future scholarly penetrations into the ultimate Source of Reality.
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A Gift of Light, April 21, 2011 By TW (WV, USA) – See all my reviews
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What a journey! Reading this book is like being an astronaut discovering life on an up until now dead planet. In piercing through the windows of consciousness, the authors manage to find a way through to the heart of science, and in the process, they rediscover the soul of being. This is an adventure into deep space from which you return to earth able to free yourself from the restrictive suit you needed to survive, dressed now in the promise of deeper meaning and finer creative potential.
CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SOURCE OF REALITY–THE PEAR ODYSSEY is hard, cold objective science dramatically broadened in complementary relationship with its living, breathing other half, “science of the subjective.” THIS is breakthrough science–valiant intercession in that mysterious, metaphorical zone between matter and meaning, analytical precision and intuitive resonance, science and spirit, where science and art meet, where time and distance are irrelevant, where healing happens anomalously, and where life continues after this one.
Jahn’s and Dunne’s Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research program, PEAR, at Princeton University, steadfastly stood 30 years against the grain of “status quo science.” This book includes an overview of the famous and infamous lab, of the mind/machine experiments, the remote viewing studies, and of the work expanding now through ICRL, Psyleron, and other offshoots and projects. Highlights of the book are the theoretical models proposed in Section IV, which are beyond breathtaking, elevating Jahn and Dunne from heretical pioneer to heroic national treasure status.
CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SOURCE OF REALITY infiltrates and inspires mind, heart and soul. Remarkably, this blueprint for the regeneration of science is also a blueprint for the regeneration of the spirit of mankind. Intention, resonance, attitude, meaning–these are powerful forces. How astounding the revelation of the reality of the hidden knowledge that we are not only so much more than what we’ve been taught to believe or imagine, but that the proof is in the science.
A road map for the future of mind-matter research, March 11, 2011 By Lian Sidorov – See all my reviews
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The PEAR lab represents a unique phenomenon in the history of psi research: the first systematic, wide-spectrum, technology-enhanced program of study in consciousness-related anomalies. Over a period of almost thirty years, in a few rooms belonging to the Princeton University’s School of Engineering, they developed innovative experimental designs and analytical techniques, pushing the boundary of mind-matter interactions ever further into the macroscopic domain, identifying potential sources of randomness and systems where quantifiable results would yield proof of such “impossible” events.
They were relentless in their effort and determination, even when faced with constantly changing political winds; they were supremely open to that uncertainty which is a true scientist’s deepest drive; and, in time, they managed to map internal features of mind-matter phenomena (such as co-operator effects) which represent much-needed empirical landmarks. Their generous spirit, forever seeking to include, to nurture, to collaborate, seems almost utopian by today’s standards of research.
While there are a number of other outstanding titles in print which cover the full range and implications of these studies (notably Radin’s Entangled Minds and The Conscious Universe) Jahn and Dunne’s book includes unique material for anyone interested in the future of psi research: that is, an intimate look at how these two pioneers conceived and implemented every step of what remains the only long-term, comprehensive academic psi research program in the US. For that achievement alone this volume (together with other ICRL publications) is worth keeping as a critical reference.
Amazing, July 12, 2013 By Syrah4689 – See all my reviews
Dr. Jahn is an exceptional human being, I wish we had more scientists like him. Some of these concepts are difficult to grasp but anytime you listen to a rocket scientist that explores the origins of consciousness your head is probably going to hurt a little. Definitely worth a read, he is a Princeton Dean Emeritus doing legit research on a topic usually discussed only by new agers and hippies
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