As more discoveries are made in the fields of human consciousness and related areas of science, people around the world with diverse perspectives and points of view seem to be learning more about these emerging developments.
How does increased understanding of the human mind and the world around us affect nations, cultures, communities, organizations, groups, families and individuals?
What are the impacts on international relations, military matters, economics, the natural environment, social dynamics, human development and other areas of interest?
The answers to these questions appear to often be elusive. Many people seem to have ideas about how changes in human psychology could help create significant advances for the human race.
But do we have any hard evidence that evolving human consciousness will have the necessary influence to change "business as usual" on planet Earth?
It is at once new and very ancient. What is now often called "anomalous cognition" is a concept that includes many kinds of interesting human perception and understanding.
The term refers to people, and perhaps animals, perceiving information, ideas or concepts through means other than their five senses or, in the case of humans, the intellectual processes of the brain.
Rather than obtaining information strictly from the senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell or through brain computations, anomalous cognition involves obtaining understanding from deep within, and from sources both inside and outside of ourselves.
Intuition, hunches, gut instincts, dreams, visions, extrasensory perception (ESP), "remote viewing" and other kinds of internal "intelligence" all fall within the general concept of anomalous cognition.
Hallucinations, delusions and similar kinds of psychological phenomena are differentiated from anomalous cognition by the basic quality of accuracy. Hallucinations and delusions, by definition, are basically not accurate, not true.
Anomalous cognition, by contrast, is perception that has some significant measure of truth and authenticity.
Throw into the mix the idea of "imagination." This term is often used to describe internal perception and creativity that can be authentic, purely fantasy or some mixture of both.
This unclear combination is also found in anomalous cognition and things like delusions. Are the internal perceptions truthful, somewhat inaccurate, deceptive or subject to misinterpretation? And how do we separate valid perceptions from those that should be discarded?
These are the challenging questions that people face in understanding what is going on around us and within us.
Utilizing Consciousness Resources
Every human being and groups of human beings are ongoing and developing experiments of sorts.
We come from and strive toward certain emotions and feelings, relationships, levels of material prosperity, ideas and beliefs.
Learning to use our bodies, brains, feelings and consciousness are part of the ongoing experience of life. And, as we go along, we often try different methods and approaches in our daily life and our longer-term planning.
Identifying, understanding and making use of intelligent resources within our consciousness is now taking on new meaning for many people and groups of people.
Apparent evidence that anomalous cognition can be very useful can be found in some accounts of premonition, prophesy, awareness of unusual coincidences, dreams and similar situations.
More solid and measurable results have also been reported in various scientific literature and in activities such as the "Project STARGATE" program, sponsored by the U.S. military and intelligence community.
Using military and intelligence professionals, Project STARGATE efforts achieved surprising success by fine-tuning an ESP process that is now referred to as remote viewing.
Anyone with a reasonably open mind who is willing to learn about the Project STARGATE operations will most likely come to the conclusion that some very interesting discoveries have been made.
In addition, these discoveries have firmly determined that anomalous cognition is real, very helpful and reflects an unusual intelligence that has important ramifications for the human race.
Will these discoveries affect real-life global challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger, injustice, warfare, terrorism, crime, environmental degradation and climate change?
Some people believe that as understanding about anomalous cognition reaches a critical mass within various human populations, we may experience very noticeable changes for the better in many aspects of human endeavor and progress.And when might this critical mass be reached? Maybe soon, maybe tomorrow, maybe today, maybe right now.