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Felt Reality Abandoned
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February 10 2007
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March 21 2012

Contributed by Hayley Silverman


The New York Times, 2007, BENEDICT CAREY

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 6 — Over almost three decades, a small laboratory at Princeton University managed to embarrass university administrators, outrage Nobel laureates, entice the support of philanthropists and make headlines around the world with its efforts to prove that thoughts can alter the course of events.

But at the end of the month, the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory, or PEAR, will close, not because of controversy but because, its founder says, it is time.

The study of telekinesis and related phenomena, Dr. Jahn said, will carry on.

“It’s time for a new era,” he said, “for someone to figure out what the implications of our results are for human culture, for future study, and — if the findings are correct — what they say about our basic scientific attitude.”

P.E.A.R.(Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research) explored the role individual consciousness had on physical reality. Their studies used people as conduits in registering how and if consciousness altered patterns recorded in random number generators. Their experiments tested the scientific community's capacity to take on a discussion regarding phenomenology and the science of the subjective.

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