Handbook of Intuition Research

This new book, Handbook of Intuition Research has been brought to my attention. It is by Dr Marta Sinclair, Senior Lecturer, Griffith Business School, NSW Australia.

While the first few sections may not immediately appear to be relevant to parapsychology, as with a lot of parapsychological books the research emanates from within many other disciplines. I have not been able to find out who the main contributors are but I would think there would be one or two practising parapsychologists on the list.

It seems the term intuition is the ‘new black’ in academic research and elsewhere and I seem to be encountering the word at every turn.

So, what is the actual definition of intuition? It would appear each of the contributing authors put their own definition in place but according to Wikipedia ‘Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason’.

Handbook of Intuition Research

The blurb for the book, released August 2011 reads:

This groundbreaking interdisciplinary Handbook showcases the latest intuition research, integrated in a framework that reconciles various views on what intuition is and how it works. The internationally renowned group of contributors presents their findings in five areas.

Part I explores different facets of the intuiting process and its outcome, the role of consciousness and affect, and alternate ways of capturing intuition.

Part II deals with its function in expertise, strategy, entrepreneurship, and ethics.

Part III outlines intuitive decision making in critical occupations, legal profession, medicine, film and wine industry, and teaching.

Part IV pushes the boundaries of our current understanding by exploring the possibility of non-local intuition (1), based on the principles of quantum holography (2) (my highlighting).

Part V investigates new techniques for developing intuitive skills. This cutting-edge, comprehensive Handbook will prove essential for academics and research students of social sciences, particularly management, psychology, sociology, entrepreneurship, leadership, team dynamics, HR and training. It will be also an invaluable resource for industry professionals searching for soft-core methods to increase productivity and creativity/innovation, to improve leadership and organizational climate, or to adopt new staff training and development methods.

And now for the bad news, the cost! As it is an academic tome, destined for library shelves etc no surprise the cost is 110 pounds or $200+

Anyone starting a Xmas Wish List?

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(1) One academic definition of Nonlocal Intuition is:

the perception of energetically encoded information about a future event by the body’s psychophysiological systems, which informs decision and action; this information is not based on reason or memories of prior experience.

Layperson’s interpretation: yes some people at some times are able to either predict the future or influence its outcome – I just love the possibilities this engenders, don’t you?

(2) Quantum Hologram

What is Quantum Hologram and have we any chance of understanding it?

The following definition is taken from the abstract of the article Nature’s Mind, listed below.

We present a new model of information processing in nature called the Quantum Hologram which we believe is supported by strong evidence. This evidence suggests that Quantum Hologram is also a model that describes the basis for consciousness. It explains how living organisms know and use whatever information they know and utilize. It elevates the role of information in nature to the same fundamental status as that of matter and energy. We speculate that Quantum Hologram seems to be nature’s built-in vast information storage and retrieval mechanism and one that has been used since the beginning of time. This would promote Quantum Hologram as a theory which is basis for explaining how the whole of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a self-organizing, interconnected holistic system.

I don’t purport to understand this research at a deep level but intuitively it feels like we are moving in the right direction.

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For further reading

Nonlocal Intuition in Entrepreneurs and Non-entrepreneurs: An Experimental Comparison Using Electrophysiological Measures

Simon Bacon

Nature’s Mind: the Quantum Hologram by Edgar Mitchell (yes, that Edgar Mitchell, as in 6th Man on the Moon)

The Quantum Hologram And the Nature of Consciousness (Journal of Cosmology, no less)

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