PEAR Conclusions


After nearly 30 years of work in this field, the lab closed its doors at Princeton in February of 2007. The feeling of the founders and lab staff was that while a vast amount of additional study was needed, it could not easily be accomplished in the confines of the university laboratory environment, and that it was time to move on. The primary conclusions of the lab were:

  1. Human intention can directly influence the physical world in a small but highly significant way. This was shown through experiments using random event generators, and later applied to other physical systems such as a random mechanical cascade, which has physical uncertainty at its base.

  2. While the above results were found via rigorous scientific methods, it is clear that it may not be possible to deeply understand and easily replicate the results using the traditional scientific tools or framework. For example, there are a number of studies in the PEAR database that did not produce significant results, and there are some small studies generated over short periods of time which contain highly significant data. However, all of the studies are factored into the above analysis, so even given the failures, there were many more successes than the aggregate data imply.

  3. A science that could account for these phenomena might have to drop some of its assumptions about the nature of physical reality and the way in which the experimental methods can be conducted. (See Change the Rules.)

If you would like to know more about PEAR's substantial body of work, you can visit their website publications page, or get a copy of The PEAR Proposition—an eight-hour DVD set detailing their work.

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