Carpenter’s basic premise is that even if psi is currently anomalous in terms of known physical and neurobiological mechanisms, it is not psychologically anomalous. Like memories of past experiences, subliminal stimuli, and unconscious motives, psi is a nonconscious, continuously present resource in the development of all conscious experience.
In arriving at a conscious thought, perception, or intended action, we nonconsciously combine pertinent information from all these resources.. . . . Carpenter’s First Sight theory integrates many previously scattered and little understood findings in psi research and is richly generative in suggesting new lines of research. Overall, the theory constitutes a transformational contribution to both psi research and the psychology of consciousness.
Daryl J. Bem (Professor Emeritus, Cornell University), ESP is not a Psychological Anomaly, a review of First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life. PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 57(50), 2012.
- In this engaging and beautifully crafted book Jim Carpenter shows in remarkable depth and detail how situating the paranormal in the context of other preconscious receptive and expressive processes allows us to understand a host of existing findings in a way that makes excellent psychological sense – a significant theoretical achievement that should command the attention of parapsychologists and mainstream psychologists alike. —Edward F. Kelly, Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia
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The following paper appeared in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Parapsychology, and is presented with permission. This was a special issue devoted to visions of the future state of parapsychology 25 years hence. What will be the … Continue reading
The following review by Donald T. Saposnek, PhD, appeared on Amazon.com. Dr. Saposnek is the author of Mediating Child Custody Disputes and Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce. Widely published in child … Continue reading
Sunday, February 10: Dr. Carpenter will present a talk on First Sight theory to the C. G. Jung Society of the Triangle at 3 p.m. in the ball room of the Cedars of Chapel Hill (100 Cedar Club Circle, Chapel … Continue reading