Chapter 17: Resolving the Enigma of Nonlocal Intuition: A Quantum-Holographic Approach
Raymond Trevor Bradley The Concise Oxford Dictionary (Fowler & Fowler, 1964: 639) defines intuition as ‘immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning, immediate apprehension by a sense, and immediate insight’. Such intuitive experience is quite unlike that of normal conscious awareness, in which the mind’s contents are updated incrementally, as the sequences of sensory experience unfold (McCraty et al., 2004a). The dominant perspective on intuition is a cognitive approach: that intuitive perception is a function of the unconscious mind accessing existing information within the brain from prior experience (e.g., Agor, 1984; Laughlin, 1997; Lieberman, 2000; Mitchell et al., 2005, 2007; Myers, 2002; Simon, 1987). While there is little doubt that information from prior experience – both conscious and unconscious knowledge – is involved, there is, however, a persuasive body of experimental evidence for another informational basis for intuitive perception. This is the tacit information about remote or future events which is perceived and processed by the body’s psychophysiological systems. Yet despite the voluminous body of rigorous experimental research documenting such nonlocal communication as a scientific fact (Radin, 1997a; Bradley, 2007; Bradley et al., 2010a), the majority of mainstream scientists regard the findings of these studies as anomalous (Walach & Schmidt, 2005). Although such instances of ‘nonlocal intuition’ (La Pira & Gillin, 2006) appear to contradict the physical laws of causality, explaining how – the mechanisms and processes by which – such space/time-defying interaction occurs has not been possible until relatively recently. Three scientific developments provide the basis for a rational account: the discovery of holographic organization (Gabor,...
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