Brenda Dunne, Visionary

Jun
24
2022
by
Lynne McTaggart
/
955
Comments

Recently, I got word of the passing of Brenda Dunne on June 16. She transitioned peacefully after a short illness and, in the words of her son, Jeff, had decided that it was time to move onto her ‘next great adventure.’

To explain that Brenda was the co-founder of Princeton’s PEAR research project and the President of the International Consciousness Research Laboratory is hardly to do justice to the breadth of this woman’s contribution to the understanding of consciousness and the extent of our latent human capacity.

In the 1970s, Brenda established a fruitful, decades-long partnership with Dr. Robert Jahn, then dean of engineering at Princeton, an applied physicist whose work in advanced space propulsion systems and high temperature plasma dynamics had won him his distinguished position.

Jahn’s curiosity into consciousness research, piqued after a postgraduate student of his got interested in exploring whether mind was able to influence machines, led him to set up a highly sophisticated research program, grounded in traditional science and backed by a prestigious university, so that the entire topic might be aired in a more scholarly way.

He’d given his project a neutral name – the Princeton Engineering Anomaly Research (thereafter always known as PEAR) –  and to get the program off the ground Jahn recruited Brenda, then a developmental psychologist at Mundelein University in Chicago, who’d conducted and validated a number of experiments in clairvoyance.

Over 25 years, Jahn and Dunne embarked upon what became a massive international effort to quantify what is referred to as ‘micro-psychokinesis,’ the effect of mind on random-event generators (REGs), which perform the electronic, twenty-first century equivalent of a toss of a coin.

The output of these machines (the computerized equivalent of heads or tails) was controlled by a randomly alternating frequency of positive and negative pulses. Because their activity was utterly random, they produced ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ each roughly 50 per cent of the time, according to the laws of probability.

The most common configuration of the REG experiments was a computer screen randomly alternating two attractive images – say, of apples and pears. Participants in the studies would be placed in front of the computers and asked to try to influence the machine to produce more of one image – more apples, say – then to focus on producing more images of pears, and then to try not to influence the machine in either direction.

Theirs was a brilliant collaboration of opposites.

Jahn was spare and gaunt, impatient, sometimes irascible, often neatly turned out in a checked shirt and chinos, the informal uniform of conservative academia, and in both his manner and his erudite speech gave off a sense of containment – never a superfluous word or unnecessary gesture.

Dunne had the more effusive personal style. She was often draped in flowing clothes, her immense mane of salt-and-pepper hair hung loose or pony-tailed like a Native American. Although also a seasoned scientist, Dunne liked to say that she led from the instinctive.

Her job was to provide the more metaphysical and subjective understanding of the material to bolster Jahn’s largely analytical approach.

He would design the machines; she would design the look and feel of the experiments. He would represent PEAR’s face to the world; she would represent a welcoming face to its participants.

Year in and year out, Jahn and Dunne carried on the tedious process of collecting a mountain of data – which would eventually turn into the largest database ever assembled of studies into remote intention.

Over the course of more than two and a half million trials Jahn and Dunne decisively demonstrated that human intention can influence these electronic devices in the specified direction, and their results were replicated independently by 68 investigators.

Jahn and Dunne also continuously tweaked their experiments, examining whether there were any differences between the sexes (there were – men had a more directed effect on the machines, women a more profound one) and also whether it was more important to appeal to the unconscious, rather than the conscious mind (it was).

It was Brenda who urged Jahn to make the machines more engaging (she put toy frogs on some of the REGs) and the environment more cozy, with sofas and teddy bears, in order to encourage the resonance which appeared to be occurring between participants and their machines.

While a student at the University of Mundelein before her move to Princeton, Dunne had successfully replicated the original Stanford Research Institute Studies on remote viewing, demonstrating that ordinary people (and not simply the gifted) could see beyond their senses successfully.

Jahn and Dunne decided to create another painstaking batch of studies of remote viewing, where the remote viewer would be stationed at the PEAR lab and his traveling partner be asked to select an envelope containing a destination between five and 6000 miles away.

Without disclosing his destination to his partner, the traveler would have to go to the site, while the remote viewer would be asked to draw and describe where his partner was.

Of the 336 formal trials of remote viewing involving 48 recipients they carried  out, nearly two-thirds were more accurate than could be accounted for by chance.

Even more astonishing, Dunne and Jahn had designed most of their remote viewing studies as ‘precognitive remote perception,’ or PRP. The remote viewers remaining behind in the PEAR lab would be asked to name their traveling partner’s destinations not only before they actually got there, but also many hours or days before they had been given the envelope and even knew where they were going.

Of PEAR’s formal trials involving remote viewing, the majority were set up as PRP and were just as successful as the ordinary variety.

My favorite anecdote about this marriage of opposites occurred after the first 5000 random event generator studies, when Jahn and Dunne decided to pull off the data and compute what was happening thus far.

It was a Sunday evening, and they were at Brenda Dunne’s house. They took their average results for each operator and began plotting them on a graph. If there had been no deviation from chance, the two bell curves would be sitting right on top of the bell curve of chance, with 100 as the mean.

Their results were nothing like that.

The two types of intention had each gone in a different direction. The red bell curve, representing the ‘HI’ intentions, had shifted to the left of the chance average, and the green bell curve had shifted to the right.

This was as rigorous a scientific study as they come, and yet somehow their participants – all ordinary people, no psychic superstars among them – had been able to affect the random movement of machines simply by an act of will.

Jahn looked up from the data, sat back in his chair and met Brenda’s eye. ‘That’s very nice,’ he said.

Dunne stared at him in disbelief. With scientific rigor and technological precision they had just generated proof of ideas that were formerly the province of mystical experience or the most outlandish science fiction.

There were simply no words in their current scientific vocabulary to explain what had just happened.

‘What do you mean, “that’s very nice”?’ she replied. ‘This is absolutely f___ing incredible!’

Dunne was instrumental in creating ICRL, to join consciousness researchers into one fruitful body, and she had a special interest in what she’d dubbed ‘PEARTree,’ in encouraging young scientists to pursue consciousness research.

She and Jahn collaborated on numerous large books, notably Margins of Reality, chewing over the implications of their findings.

And despite the rejection of the establishment, they carried on with the stubborn, blinkered conviction of the true explorer, amassing more evidence, convinced they were witnessing a new science in the making.

I met with Brenda and Bob Jahn many times at Princeton, once even in Amsterdam, to interview them, ask advice about the Intention Experiments (both were instrumental in encouraging me to run them), and sometimes just to check in with what they were doing.

They met Bryan and our daughters, and watched them grow up over the years.

Last November, Brenda had one last great earthbound adventure with her beloved son, Jeff, who has carried on her work as board chairman of ICRL, when the PEAR equipment got rehoused into a permanent residence at Broughton Hall in Yorkshire.

They traveled there to launch it, and I was lucky enough to spend two special days with her, not realizing it would be the last time we would ever meet in human form.

But I also had the distinct sense that with the creation of the new permanent interactive museum of her’s and Bob’s life work (The Wyrd Experience: https://wyrdexperience.org/index.html) she’d felt a sense of earthly completion and also a strong feeling in her gut – that source of so much of her wisdom – that it was time to move on.

Princeton initially fought her appointment. They felt that she wasn’t credentialed because she didn’t have a PhD.

To the contrary, she and Bob Jahn were among the purest scientists I have ever known, unafraid to question the orthodoxy or follow a path even if it led them into dangerous territory.

They’d proved something revolutionary about human consciousness. Maybe one day this work would herald a refinement of quantum physics. Indeed, what they had in their hands was beyond current science –the beginnings of a new science.

They knew full well that their work might change the world forever.

May the brilliant instincts of this modern heroine always light our way.

Facebook Comments

We embed Facebook Comments plugin to allow you to leave comment at our website using your Facebook account. This plugin may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the commenting interface, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the interface (such as “liking” someone’s comment, replying to other comments), if you are logged into Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update

Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

955 comments on “Brenda Dunne, Visionary”

  1. Lynne thank you for that succinct and insightful biography of Dunne and Jahn's work. Their objective to make a connection between the physival and the conscious domains has been so amply demonstrated by SRI's Remote Viewing and Dean Radin's Ganzfeld studies that the existence of Quantum Metaphysics is a blatantly obvious field of study. I believe Sarah Knox of West Virginia University, the resources of IONS which includes Dean Radin and many other erudite intellects and the growing cohort of disenchanted classical physicists should be encouraged to form an association that challenges the physical groupthink of the Reality Barons of classical physics. Quantum metaphyics should seek establish the existence of consciousness as a supra-physical phenomenon.

  2. This is wonderful information thanks Lynne, hats off to Brenda ( RIP ) and Bob to their fine work and confirmation re: the actual physics of distant intentional healing, understanding more about human universal consciousness ..WOW

  3. pgดีที่สุดเกมออนไลน์ PG SLOT สล็อตบนโทรศัพท์เคลื่อนที่ แบบใหม่ตอนนี้ ของโลก สมัครเล่น SLOT วันนี้รับโบนัส แรกเข้า 100% ในทันทีทันใด โบนัส 50% สำหรับสมาชิกใหม่

  4. mexican pharmacy [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]mexican pharmacy[/url] п»їbest mexican online pharmacies

  5. reputable mexican pharmacies online [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]mexican drugstore online[/url] п»їbest mexican online pharmacies

  6. https://mexicanph.com/# reputable mexican pharmacies online
    mexico drug stores pharmacies [url=http://mexicanph.com/#]medication from mexico pharmacy[/url] buying prescription drugs in mexico online

  7. mexico pharmacy [url=http://mexicanph.com/#]buying from online mexican pharmacy[/url] buying prescription drugs in mexico online

  8. buying prescription drugs in mexico [url=https://mexicanph.com/#]best online pharmacies in mexico[/url] mexican online pharmacies prescription drugs

  9. mexican mail order pharmacies [url=https://mexicanph.com/#]buying from online mexican pharmacy[/url] buying from online mexican pharmacy

  10. mexico pharmacy [url=http://mexicanph.shop/#]mexican rx online[/url] pharmacies in mexico that ship to usa

  11. reputable mexican pharmacies online [url=http://mexicanph.shop/#]mexican mail order pharmacies[/url] mexican drugstore online

  12. pharmacies in mexico that ship to usa [url=https://mexicanph.com/#]purple pharmacy mexico price list[/url] buying prescription drugs in mexico online

  13. buying prescription drugs in mexico online [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]best online pharmacies in mexico[/url] medication from mexico pharmacy

  14. mexican online pharmacies prescription drugs [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]mexican border pharmacies shipping to usa[/url] pharmacies in mexico that ship to usa

  15. mexico drug stores pharmacies [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]п»їbest mexican online pharmacies[/url] mexican drugstore online

  16. buying prescription drugs in mexico online [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]best online pharmacies in mexico[/url] mexico drug stores pharmacies

  17. http://mexicanph.com/# buying prescription drugs in mexico online
    best online pharmacies in mexico [url=https://mexicanph.shop/#]mexico drug stores pharmacies[/url] mexican pharmaceuticals online

  18. mexican pharmaceuticals online [url=http://mexicanph.com/#]mexico pharmacies prescription drugs[/url] mexico drug stores pharmacies

  19. mexico pharmacies prescription drugs [url=https://mexicanph.com/#]buying from online mexican pharmacy[/url] mexico pharmacy

  20. canadian lisinopril 10 mg [url=https://lisinopril.top/#]lisinopril pill 20mg[/url] lisinopril 90 pills cost

  21. stromectol pill [url=http://stromectol.fun/#]stromectol online pharmacy[/url] stromectol nz

  22. top 10 pharmacies in india [url=https://indianph.com/#]india pharmacy mail order[/url] best online pharmacy india

  23. cost of tamoxifen [url=https://nolvadex.guru/#]buy tamoxifen[/url] tamoxifen effectiveness

  24. antibiotics cipro [url=https://cipro.guru/#]buy cipro online canada[/url] cipro online no prescription in the usa

  25. tamoxifen alternatives [url=http://nolvadex.guru/#]tamoxifen premenopausal[/url] how to prevent hair loss while on tamoxifen

  26. buy doxycycline online uk [url=http://doxycycline.auction/#]where to get doxycycline[/url] doxycycline 100mg price

  27. buy cipro online without prescription [url=http://cipro.guru/#]where can i buy cipro online[/url] cipro online no prescription in the usa

  28. Misoprostol 200 mg buy online [url=https://cytotec24.shop/#]buy cytotec online fast delivery[/url] cytotec abortion pill

  29. canadian pharmacy meds [url=http://canadianpharmlk.com/#]Best Canadian online pharmacy[/url] canada drugs online review canadianpharm.store

  30. mexican drugstore online [url=https://mexicanpharm24.shop/#]order online from a Mexican pharmacy[/url] mexico drug stores pharmacies mexicanpharm.shop

  31. pharmacy website india [url=https://indianpharm24.com/#]Online medicine home delivery[/url] indian pharmacy online indianpharm.store

  32. canadian drug [url=https://canadianpharmlk.com/#]International Pharmacy delivery[/url] canadian pharmacy online reviews canadianpharm.store

  33. amoxicillin 500mg price [url=http://amoxilst.pro/#]where can i buy amoxicillin without prec[/url] amoxicillin 200 mg tablet

  34. amoxicillin 500 mg without prescription [url=http://amoxilst.pro/#]buy amoxicillin online no prescription[/url] cost of amoxicillin prescription

  35. get ed meds today [url=http://edpills.guru/#]top rated ed pills[/url] cheapest erectile dysfunction pills

  36. buying ed pills online [url=http://edpills.guru/#]best online ed treatment[/url] cheapest ed online

  37. no prescription pharmacy paypal [url=https://onlinepharmacy.cheap/#]canadian online pharmacy[/url] cheapest pharmacy to fill prescriptions with insurance

  38. canadian pharmacy prices [url=https://canadianpharm.guru/#] canada drugs reviews[/url] legit canadian pharmacy

  39. rate canadian pharmacies [url=https://canadianpharm.guru/#] canadian pharmacy reviews[/url] canadian drug stores

  40. online medication no prescription [url=http://pharmacynoprescription.pro/#]mexican prescription drugs online[/url] canadian pharmacy online no prescription needed

  41. canadian prescription [url=http://pharmacynoprescription.pro/#]prescription online canada[/url] buying drugs online no prescription

  42. mexican rx online [url=https://mexicanpharm.online/#]best online pharmacies in mexico[/url] medication from mexico pharmacy

  43. best canadian pharmacy online [url=http://canadianpharm.guru/#] onlinecanadianpharmacy 24[/url] canadian 24 hour pharmacy

  44. buy medicines online in india [url=https://indianpharmacy.icu/#]indian pharmacy delivery[/url] п»їlegitimate online pharmacies india

  45. canadian pharmacy [url=https://canadianpharmacy24.store/#]Certified Canadian Pharmacy[/url] canadian pharmacy checker

  46. top 10 online pharmacy in india [url=http://indianpharmacy.icu/#]indian pharmacy paypal[/url] top 10 pharmacies in india

  47. canada rx pharmacy world [url=https://canadianpharmacy24.store/#]pills now even cheaper[/url] buy canadian drugs

  48. canada pharmacy world [url=https://canadianpharmacy24.store/#]Prescription Drugs from Canada[/url] cheapest pharmacy canada

  49. indianpharmacy com [url=http://indianpharmacy.icu/#]Generic Medicine India to USA[/url] top 10 pharmacies in india

  50. mexican rx online [url=http://mexicanpharmacy.shop/#]medication from mexico pharmacy[/url] mexican rx online

  51. indianpharmacy com [url=http://indianpharmacy.icu/#]Cheapest online pharmacy[/url] Online medicine home delivery

  52. order prednisone on line [url=http://prednisoneall.shop/#]cost of prednisone 5mg tablets[/url] can you buy prednisone over the counter in usa

  53. clomid sale [url=http://clomidall.shop/#]how to get generic clomid[/url] can i get generic clomid price

  54. zithromax 250mg [url=https://zithromaxall.shop/#]can you buy zithromax over the counter in mexico[/url] zithromax 500 mg lowest price drugstore online

  55. amoxicillin online pharmacy [url=https://amoxilall.com/#]amoxicillin price canada[/url] amoxicillin order online

  56. Cialis 20mg price [url=https://tadalafiliq.com/#]cialis without a doctor prescription[/url] Buy Tadalafil 5mg

  57. Viagra generic over the counter [url=https://sildenafiliq.com/#]best price on viagra[/url] generic sildenafil

  58. buy Kamagra [url=https://kamagraiq.shop/#]Kamagra Oral Jelly Price[/url] sildenafil oral jelly 100mg kamagra

  59. buy Viagra over the counter [url=https://sildenafiliq.com/#]generic ed pills[/url] order viagra

  60. Cialis without a doctor prescription [url=http://tadalafiliq.shop/#]Buy Cialis online[/url] Tadalafil price

  61. Buy Cialis online [url=http://tadalafiliq.shop/#]cialis without a doctor prescription[/url] Generic Cialis price

  62. Tadalafil price [url=https://tadalafiliq.com/#]tadalafil iq[/url] Tadalafil Tablet

  63. best online pharmacies in mexico [url=https://mexicanpharmgrx.com/#]Pills from Mexican Pharmacy[/url] pharmacies in mexico that ship to usa

  64. india pharmacy [url=https://indianpharmgrx.shop/#]indian pharmacy[/url] top online pharmacy india

  65. reputable indian online pharmacy [url=https://indianpharmgrx.shop/#]indian pharmacy delivery[/url] п»їlegitimate online pharmacies india

  66. mexican pharmacy [url=http://mexicanpharmgrx.com/#]buying prescription drugs in mexico online[/url] mexico drug stores pharmacies

  67. online canadian pharmacy [url=https://canadianpharmgrx.xyz/#]CIPA approved pharmacies[/url] canadian drug stores

  68. cost of diflucan [url=https://diflucan.icu/#]diflucan otc where to buy[/url] where to get diflucan

  69. diflucan 200 mg over the counter [url=https://diflucan.icu/#]diflucan 150 mg tablets[/url] diflucan tablets

  70. doxycycline generic [url=https://doxycyclinest.pro/#]buy doxycycline online 270 tabs[/url] generic doxycycline

  71. cytotec buy online usa [url=http://misoprostol.top/#]Abortion pills online[/url] cytotec buy online usa

  72. buy cipro online [url=https://ciprofloxacin.guru/#]buy cipro online canada[/url] ciprofloxacin mail online

  73. canadian order diflucan online [url=http://diflucan.icu/#]diflucan 200 mg capsules[/url] diflucan generic coupon

  74. nolvadex half life [url=https://nolvadex.icu/#]natural alternatives to tamoxifen[/url] tamoxifen medication