Extension of Modern Science to Enable Research on Anomalies | William H. Kautz

Extension of Modern Science to Enable Research on Anomalies

William H. Kautz

The primary contemporary challenge to research on anomalistic phenomena arises from the now well-confirmed presence of the human mind in an increasing number of laboratory experiments and natural observations — in direct contradiction with materialistic science’s inability to either account for or explain them. These limitations arise mainly from the root metaphysical assumptions that govern all scientific exploration of the natural world, for they disallow subjective or non-reductionistic participation, among others.

If science is ever to embrace and explain these and similar contradictions, it must somehow be extended to allow new ways of exploring, verifying, and explaining how human consciousness interacts with natural phenomena, yet without losing its essential features of open inquiry, critical assessment, and public validation. SSE’s membership, representing today’s leading-edge research, has the opportunity to lead this effort.

One possible extension is to employ the mind deliberately to generate new information. This very common practice is ordinarily too unreliable as scientific methodology. It should now be reconsidered for enhancing the discovery stage of scientific inquiry, before verification is undertaken.

Recognized mental means for obtaining unique information — clairvoyance, mediumship, divination, dreams, etc. — are manifestations of intuition (Greek nous), meaning innate access to knowledge apart from the senses, rational thought, and ordinary memory. That this capacity exists in humans can no longer be questioned, though it is seldom accurate and trustworthy. When so-called expert intuitives, who have trained themselves to be responsible sources, are interviewed under a controlled, multi-intuitive, and consensual protocol, however, they can provide substantial information subsequently verifiable as accurate, detailed, new, and almost error-free. Hundreds of examples in a dozen different disciplines demonstrate that this “other way of knowing” is ready for immediate practical application to the solution of scientific problems. This methodology and several illustrative examples are described.

William H. Kautz, Sc.D., was formerly Staff Scientist at SRI International, working in the emerging field of computer science and in geophysics and the social sciences. He later founded and directed the Center for Applied Intuition, which carried out research, training, consulting, counseling, and public education on intuition and its applications. He is widely published.

Recorded at the 34th annual SSE Conference in 2015 at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville hotel.

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Published on November 19, 2018