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Examples of Anomalous Cognition

The following two examples are taken from the same series in which receiver 372 was targeted upon a beacon person who was known to him. The targets were chosen randomly from a set of 75 possible locations within 50 Km of the CSL laboratory. Both R-372 and the monitor were blind to the specific target choice and the series of 12 trials produced a statistically significant effect size of 0.710 +/- 0.289 (p = 0.007). It should be emphasized that the photographs were pre-defined as part of the target pool definition.

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Baylands Nature Preserve

The Baylands Nature Preserve is approximately 5 Km from Palo Alto and is adjacent to the San Francisco bay. A beacon person was instructed to stand on the raised walk-way and focus upon the building. During the session, R-372 commented: the site was near flat water; located at the edge of water; building constructed with lots of poles; something like a fence but is not a fence; stand-alone, isolated structure; the site is very open and very airy.

Pete's Harbor Restaurant

Pete's Harbor Restaurant is approximately 8 Km from the laboratory and is adjacent to a small boat dock. A beacon person was instructed to stand in the parking lot and focus upon the structure. R-372 drew a building with front stairs and said that it was a single brown structure, next to the edge of water with boats and a parking lot. In this case R-372 was asked, before obtaining the answer, to estimate the likelihood of success. Although successful in this estimate, we find that receivers provide among the worst a priori assessment of their own performance.

Lucid Dream Example

This example was part of a 21-trial lucid dream study to determine if a dreamer who was aware of the dream while still asleep could retrieve information about a randomly selected photograph as part of the directed dream activity. The participant was asked to signal by moving his eye hard to the right and then to the left twice in a row when she/he was aware that the experience was a dream. The participant was further instructed to get out of the "dream bed," go down the "dream hall" into the adjacent room, open the "dream envelope," study it and then retrace the steps back to the "dream bed" and signal again with the eyes. Upon awakening, the participant reported all of the above activity except that she/he was unable to find the "dream envelope." Rather, the participant realized the experience was a dream and decided to "go" and stand where the photographer stood who took the picture that was in the "dream envelope" she/he could not find.

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