Augmented Cognition to Enhance Human Sensory Awareness, Cognitive Functioning and Psychic Functioning: a Research Proposal in Two Phases

James Lake

Abstract


Augmented cognition (AC) is a specialized area in human factors engineering that employs brain-computer interface (BCI) and human-computer interface (HCI) technologies to enhance human awareness and cognitive functioning. By translating subtle “non-conscious” information into conscious awareness emerging AC technologies will enhance human “intuition.” Phase I of this research proposal is directed at developing optimal AC technologies and protocols for enhancing normal human sensory functioning, “intuition,” and select cognitive capabilities aimed at improving adaptive responding in day-to-day situations. Phase I goals include using AC technologies to increase the acuity of “ordinary” sensory perception in humans, convert non-conscious perceptual data into conscious awareness, augment “ordinary” human senses with novel sensory capacities in order to enhance or modify ordinary states of awareness, and enhance the speed and accuracy of human intuitive decision-making in response to non-conscious or subtle information. Starting from Phase I findings Phase II will characterize AC technologies and protocols that may be conducive of enhanced Psi capabilities in gifted humans or provide reliable methods for training Psi-naïve humans in various Psi capabilities including remote viewing, telepathy, precognition and PK. Phase II goals include developing AC technologies that reliably detect specific physiological or environmental signals (or complex patterns of 2 or more signals) that may correlate with a particular spontaneous or forced choice Psi capability, including AC technologies capable of changing data into a more accessible form (eg, visual, auditory or tactile cues); developing biofeedback technologies and protocols for training enhanced Psi performance (including both receptive and active tasks) using signal amplification (ie, of EEG, biophotonic spectra analysis, other neural or somatic activity measures) of “anomalous” perception or reward paradigm; developing AC technologies aimed at optimizing signal “bit-rate” needed to achieve practical applications of select Psi capabilities including RV, telepathy and DMILS.

Keywords


intuition, augmented cognition, brain-computer interface (BCI), human-computer interface (HCI), Psi, ESP, remote viewing, telepathy, precognition

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