Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR)
program was founded in 1979 by Robert G. Jahn, a physicist,
engineer, and former dean of the School of Engineering and
Applied Science, to pursue the study of the interaction of
human consciousness with various mechanical devices and to
measure the effects of such interaction. The ultimate goal was
better understanding of the role of consciousness in establishing
physical reality.
PEAR has emphasized research on attempts by humans to
affect the behavior of various mechanical, electrical, and other
devices apart from mundane physical forces. Utilizing various
sophisticated machines that generally give random outputs, researchers
found that various subjects had been able to produce
outputs that varied considerably from expected random results.
Among the more interesting experiments were those involving
people located at some distance from the machine
being affected, pairs of people with emotional bonds, and experiments
in which the results were produced either prior to
or after the actual attempt to make changes occurred.
PEAR also has become involved in the popular remote viewing
experimentation that has dominated much parapsychological
research through the 1980s and 1990s. PEAR experiments
tended to be based on telepathy (rather than
clairvoyance), as the experiments were set up between a recipient
at one location attempting to reproduce the images perceived
by a second participant who was at another location. Researchers
also ran a lengthy remote viewing experiment using
Urquardt Castle at Loch Ness in Scotland as a target. Repeated
positive effects have been reported from these experiments.
The results of two decades of work, demonstrating the correlation
of human intention and physical effects, has led Jahn
and his associates to the conclusion that a larger model of reality
exists, one that provides for an active role of consciousness
in controlling the physical world. Jahn has called for his colleagues
to alter their methodology based upon the phenomena
he has explored.
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research program is
headquartered at C-131, Engineering Quadrangle, Princeton
University, Princeton, NJ 08544. It maintains an Internet site
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Consciousness in the Physical World. San Diego Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1987.
Jahn, R. G., B. J. Dunne, and R. D. Nelson. ‘‘Engineering
Anomalies Research.’’ Journal for Scientific Exploration 1, no. 1
(1987) 15–26.
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