Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research

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The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research ( PEAR ) Institute at Princeton University , New Jersey used scientific methods to investigate the possible influence of random or machine-controlled processes by human consciousness ( telekinesis in the broadest sense, human / machine anomalies). The PEAR program was founded in 1979 by Robert G. Jahn .

As a rule, the tests were structured in a similar way and, through extensive test series and statistics, should show whether such human / machine anomalies are possible. So should z. B. Test subjects try to use their power of thought to get a dice machine to roll as many sixes as possible, or to induce a random generator controlled by radioactive decay to produce a number of ones or zeros deviating from the normal distribution.

The main research areas of PEAR were:

  • Human / machine anomalies
  • Remote Perception (sensory perception over great distances)
  • Theoretical Models (attempt to describe and explain the processes described above in a model)

Princeton University closed the PEAR in February 2007, but the research is to be carried out as part of the Global Consciousness Project by both the US company Psyleron, Inc. and the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), a non-profit organization according to § 501 (c) (3) of US federal law.

Central experiments and results were published in the book An den Randen des Realen in 1999.


  1. Benedict Carey: A Princeton Lab on ESP Plans to Close Its Doors. New York Times , February 6, 2007, accessed August 3, 2007 .
  2. ICRL website. Retrieved October 10, 2016 : “ ICRL is an international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational consortium, originally created in 1990 by Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne, founders of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory at Princeton University. "
  3. Robert G Jahn, Brenda J. Dunne: At the edges of the real. About the role of consciousness in the physical world . Two thousand and one, January 1, 1999, ISBN 978-3861502241 .

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