Jim Carpenter's First Sight Model for Psi



A summary from Jim Carpenter's site.

First Sight draws heavily upon contemporary work in mainstream psychology on unconscious or implicit mental processes. It highlights the fact that psi, far from being extraordinary and anomalous, appears to function harmoniously with other processes that have been more deeply studied and accepted, such as suboptimal perception and procedural memory. Integrative work with other disciplines will be fruitful. First Sight is intended in part as a way of making our efforts more accessible and interesting to other cognitive scientists.

It is also intended to shed light on just why obvious expressions of psi engagement appear so rarely in everyday consciousness. This phenomenon itself can be understood as part of the greater lawfulness of psi. Understanding this lawfulness should help us better construct ways to bring our psi engagements into consciousness and use them when we wish to do that. Presumably psi is inherently unconscious, and if this is so, parapsychologists have been like the blind studying sight. It is not surprising that our efforts have been inductive and groping. Still, we have accumulated more knowledge than we might have thought, and this fact is clearer when seen through the lenses of theory We can borrow methods from other fields that are also studying unconscious mental processes. This should help us find a more meaningful coherence in our phenomena and a congruent place in this larger arena of work.

First Sight is primarily intended to help guide research toward our greater understanding of psi. Our subject matter has been held to be rare, anomalous, unruly and innately unpredictable. None of these things may be true after all, and First Sight is one way of understanding it differently. With the help of this developing theory, and other theories it may hopefully inspire, parapsychology may find a program.
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