About the Project
The purpose of this project is to create an archival museum to preserve, display, and demonstrate the unique and attractive experimental equipment that served as the nucleus of the studies conducted at the PrincetonEngineering Anomalies Research laboratory.
The PEAR program, which operated at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1979 to 2007, has been featured in numerous scholarly journals, TV programs, magazines, and books, and is internationally renowned for its studies of human/machine anomalies and the role of consciousness in the construction of physical reality. Its legacy is now being carried forward by International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which will house the proposed museum in its Princeton, NJ, headquarters.
Designed to study the potential vulnerability of engineering devices and information processing systems to the anomalous influence of the consciousness of their human operators, all the machines that will be in this exhibit were based on some form of random physical noise that produced a statistical output distribution, which was automatically recorded on hard copy and in a computer file.
Each device combined rigorous scientific controls with aesthetically attractive feedback displays designed to appeal to their human operators, who attempted to shift the means of these distributions in alternating directions. Thus, each qualifies as an example of kinetic art as well as a scientific research tool.
ICRL and the PEAR Legacy
As the successor to the PEAR legacy, ICRL promotes and encourages the advancement of knowledge related to the proactive capacities of human consciousness. In addition to inspiring ongoing research, ICRL provides technical and logistical support for developing tools for scholarly application and personal exploration. Its educational outreach includes web-based courses and webinars, the Mind-Matter Mapping Project (M3P) that publishes the Journal of Nonlocality, and the ICRL Press, which publishes select books and monographs on consciousness-related topics.
ICRL encourages seriously motivated young scholars and others who are challenged to explore the role of consciousness in physical reality. To this end, it is our hope that the successful completion of this project will enable us to continue to stimulate new scientific initiatives and pragmatic applications of consciousness-related physical phenomena for generations to come.
As a non-profit organization, ICRL obtains all its financial support from tax-deductable charitable gifts and contributions. We are seeking to raise $35,000 for this project to defray the costs of reassembly and reconfiguration of the various PEAR research devices to adapt them to their new environment. Their operational software will also need to be modified to enable the machines to function with contemporary computer technology. These tasks will entail hiring skilled hardware, software, and electronics specialists, as well as a professional carpenter to make some modest alterations to the space in which they will be housed. The project will begin immediately, and is anticipated to take approximately one year to complete.
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Risks and challenges
The project will begin immediately and, barring unforeseen technical problems or other difficulties, is expected to be completed within one year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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