The IAC Approach
A multidimensional reality
Our organization does not follow the traditional Newtonian-Cartesian research paradigm (worldview or theoretical construct) that is predominant in mainstream science, which considers reality to consist solely of a physical universe operating under physical laws. Instead, our research is conducted based on a new paradigm or view of reality that is inclusive of the genuine multidimensional, psychic, ‘spiritual,’ and ‘transcendent’ experiences had by millions of people around the world. When these experiences are investigated in an unbiased, rational, and objective manner, they point to the conclusion that we live within a greater, multidimensional reality that, to date, has been largely ignored by mainstream science.
The materialistic or mechanistic Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm contends that the physical world is made up of basic entities with specific properties. According to that paradigm, by reducing the physical world to its most basic entities or parts, we are able to ascertain a completely knowable, predictable, and therefore controllable physical universe (reductionism, physicalism). With the aim of maximizing objectivity, physicalistic investigators limit themselves to that which is physically observable or which produces effects that can be recorded on a physical device.
The multitude of of multidimensional, psychic, or ‘spiritual’ experiences had by people around the world do involve objective events and occurrences that can be observed, however: it’s just that the physical senses and physical devices typically do not capture the observable data, or a fraction of it at best. The best device currently available for recording such observations is the human consciousness, ideally one that has been honed through years of training with energetic and psychic development.
This leads to a further point of departure from scientific materialism. Under the materialistic or physicalistic paradigm, investigators limit themselves to third-person observations, meaning that they attempt to remain objective so that what they end up observing is (supposedly) not influenced by their subjective perceiving processes. Such an approach has its relative merits, but it significantly limits the development of new knowledge when one excludes from study the investigator’s first-hand psychic experiences (there are also questions around the possibility of absolute objectivity – those questions are explored elsewhere on this website). Parapsychology is a perfect example: for 125 years it has been attempting to make progress in this area while relying primarily on the objective, third-party accounts of experiencers. It is very hard for an investigator to understand deeply certain phenomena, however, if he or she has never personally experienced them, or has experienced them only once or twice in his or her lifetime. Under the new research paradigm being used by IAC, investigators may legitimately use their own psychic experiences, and their psychic perceptions of the psychic or energetic experiences of others, as data for their research. This approach enriches the debate and establishes a higher baseline of knowledge, allowing discussion to move beyond elementary questions such as ‘is ESP possible,’ shifting it instead to questions such as ‘how can I enhance my ESP,’ and ‘what benefits could I derive or produce by improving my ESP.’
This section has more information about this approach, divided in four parts:
- The consciential paradigm, describing the basis for our studies.
- The science of conscientiology, that aims at studying the consciousness as a multidimensional and multiexistential entity.
- The subspecialty projectiology, that studies the manifestations of the consciousness beyond the physical body.
- The Journal of Conscientiology, a periodical that presents essays, research results, and accounts related to consciousness studies, bioenergies, and out-of-body experiences.
For more information about IAC’s scientific approach, research projects, and publications, please refer to the research and science area of IAC’s global website.