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2015 Vol. 79(1) 5-19

John A. Palmer, Ph.D.
Parapsychology Press


May, E. and Marwaha, S.B. (2015). The Multiphasic Model of Precognition: The Rationale. Journal of Parapsychology, 79(1), 5-19.


The Multiphasic Model of Precognition: The Rationale

Sonali Bhatt Marwaha and Edwin C. May

Precognition is defined as an atypical perceptual ability that allows the acquisition of noninferential information arising from a future point in space-time. Despite the controversies, there is sufficient empirical evidence for the validity of the phenomenon. The multiphasic model of precognition (MMPC) is capable of addressing the experimental data. The MMPC identifies two distinct phases: The physics domain (PD) 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 retrocausal signals from a future point in space-time is via three stages in the neuroscience domain (ND): Stage 1, perception of signals from an information carrier, which is based upon psychophysical variability in a putative signal transducer; Stage 2, cortical processing of the signals mediated by a cortical hyper-associative mechanism; and Stage 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. In this article, the authors present the MMPC and discuss the rationale for the hypotheses put forth for the PD and the ND.


precognition, retrocausation, entropy, signal-based model, cortical hyperassociative mechanism

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