Rethinking Extrasensory Perception: Towards a Multiphasic Model of Precognition
(Marwaha, S. B., & May, E. C. (2015). Rethinking extrasensory perception: toward a multiphasic model of precognition. SAGE Open, 5(1), 2158244015576056)
Precognition is defined as the acquisition and cognition of information emerging from a distant point in spacetime that is space-like separated (i.e., not causally related), which is blocked from the usual sensory systems by distance, shielding or time. Despite the controversies, there is sufficient empirical evidence for the validity of the phenomenon. In this paper we present the Multiphasic Model of Precognition (MMPC) which is capable of addressing the experimental data. The MMPC identifies two distinct phases: the physics domain addresses the question: how is it possible for information to traverse from one space-time point to another? We suggest that the solution might be found within entropic considerations. The acquisition and interpretation of retrocognitive-signals is via three stages in the neuroscience domain: (1) perception of signals from an information carrier, which is based upon psychophysical variability in a putative signal transducer; (2) cortical processing of the signals is mediated by a cortical hyper-associative mechanism; and (3) cognition, which is mediated by normal cognitive processes that lead to a precognitive response. The model is comprehensive, brain-based, and provides a new direction for research requiring multidisciplinary expertise.