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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February 03, 2014 From website PARANOMALIA (scroll down to entry for February 3 — string of responses are interesting too) First Sight I was given a review copy of James Carpenter’s First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life some … Continue reading
CALL FOR PAPERS 57th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention Hilton Hotel Concord, California August 14-17th, 2014 The 57th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association (PA) will be held from Thursday evening, August 14th, through Sunday noon, August 17, 2014, at the … Continue reading
A CALL FOR AN OPEN, INFORMED STUDY OF ALL ASPECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS Etzel Cardeña1* 1 Lund University, Sweden Science thrives when there is an open, informed discussion of all evidence, and recognition that scientific knowledge is provisional and subject to … Continue reading