A term coined by British author Colin Wilson in his book
The Occult A History (1971) to indicate a latent power in human
beings enabling awareness of a higher reality beyond immediate
sense perception. The term is synonymous with the more
generally used ESP.
Wilson, Colin. Mysteries An Investigation into the Occult, the
Paranormal, and the Supernatural. New York G. P. Putnams
. The Occult A History. New York Random House,