It is heartening that recent scientific initiatives are giving credence to why the KINS approach has proven to outperform other methods of innovation.
Qualities That Create Anomalous Events
The measurable results of the KINS energy field is best described by the scientifically replicable experiments of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR – now called ICRL and described at the ICRL.org website).
PEAR/ICRL asked: “What are the subjective qualities characterizing the anomalous effects of group consciousness?” (“Anomalous” refers to extremely unusual or, in human parlance, “miraculous” events. KINS refers to our results as “creative breakthroughs.”)
PEAR/ICRL demonstrated by replication that some of these qualities appear to be:
- Group resonance, particularly in emotionally meaningful contexts;
- High ratios of subjective to objective, or emotional to intellectual contents;
- Relatively profound personal involvement, especially if shared in a group;
- Deeply engrossing, fully interactive communication;
- Situations or sites that are spiritually engaging;
- Circumstances that evoke a sense of fun and humor;
- Activities that are intensely creative, and
- Freshness or novelty for participants.
“FieldREG!!: Consciousness Field Effects: Replications and Explorations”, RD Nelson, RG Jahn, BJ Dunne, YH Dobyns, GJ Bradish. Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol 12, No. 3, page 448. See also:
In the article ‘Knowing Without Words’ in the magazine The Intelligent Optimist (January/February 2014), author Robert Visscher summarizes current research regarding the power of intuition-based decision-making. Recent scientific evidence suggests that the best decisions are not reached instantly, nor by detailed logical analysis, but by letting information sink in and undergo unconscious processes and then listening to our gut feelings.
According to AP Dijksterhuis, professor of the psychology of the unconscious, there are essentially three ways to make a decision: instantly and without much thinking, which is how we make most of our daily decisions; rational decision-making, in which all options are pondered and carefully considered; and intuitive decision-making (or the ‘unconscious approach’) in which information is absorbed and then allowed to sink in during sleep or unrelated activities and then the ‘gut feeling’ is followed.
In a recent scientific study, participants were grouped into these three types of decision making in regards to choosing an apartment to buy. Those who had to make a snap decision chose the best apartment about 35% of the time, while those who took time to make a well-considered choice chose the best more than 45% of the time, and the group who used the intuitive method chose the best almost 60% of the time.
This supports the conclusion that the best decisions are reached through intuition-based decision-making. As Dijksterhuis puts it, “intuition can be seen as a series of unconscious processes that take place in our brains, which operate like supercomputers, picking up many more verbal and nonverbal signals than our conscious minds do and processing them rapidly.”
Although intuition-based decision-making clashes with the prevailing paradigm of rational decision-making, these and other recent scientific studies indicate that unconscious processes work better for complex decisions, as the unconscious mind can detect and incorporate far more information that the conscious mind. Based on recent research, The Intelligent Optimist offers 5 golden rules for intuitive decision-making:
- Take Three Steps for Decision-making. First, gather as much information as possible to feed into the unconscious processes, and then go to do something completely unrelated or sleep on it to allow the unconscious processes to work. You will soon automatically know the answer. Finally, do the precision work of examining the decision logically, searching for any potential pitfalls.
- Don’t Overestimate the Importance of Words. A scientific study showed that people who had to verbally justify their decisions were less satisfied than those allowed to choose without a verbal explanation. Good intuition goes farther than logic and there are many things that cannot be expressed in words.
- Rely on Your Experience. A study showed that experienced golfers performed better when their conscious minds were distracted than when they concentrated on their swing.
- Distrust Knowledge. A study showed that novices were better at predicting the outcome of sporting events than experts with a lot of background knowledge. There is a danger of overloading on information and analysis.
- Watch Out for Preconceptions and Prejudices. The human brain constantly categorizes people and events, which is useful in most contexts but can feed into racism and other forms of social discrimination.