Pondering Psi

“The scientist knows that in the history of ideas magic always precedes science, that the intuition of phenomena anticipates their objective knowledge.” – Michael Gaugelin

“No theory of reality compatible with quantum theory can require spatially separate events to be independent.” – J.S. Bell

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Throughout history, psi — parapsychological phenomena such as paranormal cognition, extrasensory perception, remote viewing, psychokinesis, etcetera — has captivated the human imagination. It has been associated with divinity, mysticism, magic, and chicanery. Methodologically difficult, serious psi research has generally been scorned by the scientific community at large, in spite of the fact that many conscientious scientists — including Nobel Prize winners — were (and are) responsible for that research. Quantifying psi data is a burdensome and often-challenged proposition. Confirmation bias cannot easily be excluded. Yet there is extensive documentation of psi experiences that points to something very real.

Bell’s Theorem, published in 1964, was groundbreaking in proving that the quantum universe operates much differently than we had previously supposed. It usurped our “cause and effect” model for reality and placed us in a universe where time and distance are not necessarily consequential to interconnectedness. The theorem stands. Subsequent experimentation has repeatedly demonstrated that two photons, sent off from a single source in opposite directions at the speed of light, maintain their connection with one another. Moreover, such photons are instantaneously affected by what happens to their twins. The resultant premise of nonlocality — which Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” — is fundamental to quantum theory.

Does Bell’s Theorem offer a possible explanation for parapsychological phenomena?

Is psi humanity’s firsthand experience with nonlocality?

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~ by theobservereffect on January 10, 2008.

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