A Campaign To Preserve The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab As A Museum

 Princeton Engineering Anomalies ResearchPresenting a much-needed Kickstarter to save the Twin Peaks-esque headquarters of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program.

PEAR ran fascinating experiments using strange and fantastic devices with the goal of detecting collective consciousness and the physical manifestation of mental projection:

Operated at Princeton University from 1979 to 2007, PEAR 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 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, 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.

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  • festernaecus

    A Kickstarter for an institution with a 16.9 BILLION dollar endowment? Yeah, seems legit.

  • echar

    The first thought that came to mind is The Smithsonian, but I wonder if they want to leave it open for use. Either way, what a treat to see the aparatuses.

  • InfvoCuernos

    “Designed to study the potential vulnerability of engineering devices and information processing systems…” wonder what the final verdict on that was?

    • Simon Valentine

      re-open the X-Files
      as of this moment officially

  • Simon Valentine

    the mathematical anomaly that suddenly altered the entire face of a biosphere

    gen[i]us, or evolution?

    immortality begins, or did time cease to exist? never existed?

    all mere shapely illusions.

    at its basis, simply a ‘more human’ human-machine interface sensor, process, hardware, software, … whatever [it takes]. basically a sensor that can pop up a ONE on a monitor any time it detects – as a human would – that ‘another human’ is staring at it. or that it specifically is being addressed for conversation. that it’s being looked at directly in the eye. faces. emotions. all the ‘human queues’ that are often taken for granted or not noticed. all things that would seem to have separate and ‘quite distinct’ ‘computer engineering solutions’ – yet for them to be all in one in as much as they are all in one human?

  • BuzzCoastin

    when I first began to study the effects of thought upon “reality” in the 80′s
    I quickly became aware of their work
    not that thought’s effects are limited to machines
    nor is a museum really necessary to preserve their valuable insights
    except maybe to stimulate others to experiment on their own

  • The Well Dressed Man

    Please tell me there’s a meticulously arranged tray of donuts on a desk just through the red door.

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