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Published: Jun.7.2014

Consciousness Research from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Person Perspective

Luis Minero
IAC - International Academy of Consciousness

This work presents the case for studying consciousness beyond the conventional 3rd person perspective, used mainly in current conventional materialistic approaches. Upon studying thousands of cases of paranormal phenomena across the world and throughout centuries, such as out-of-body experiences (OBEs), remote viewing, near-death experiences (NDEs) and others, it becomes imperative to design and incorporate new research methods to study such occurrences. Thus, this work introduces the consciential paradigm, and the methodology of researching consciousness also through subjective experiences (the development of ones own skills for producing paranormal events), or 1st person research; and the interpersonal experiences (measuring and developing in other individuals their own abilities to promote such anomalous events).

The universality of several paranormal phenomena will be presented, including the broad range of cultures, countries, religions and schools of thought which have reported these phenomena and developed methods for their production. Phenomena, in which, individual consciousnesses have a manifestation outside the current boundaries of their physical body. Just like microbes could not be directly observed before the invention of the microscope, there is currently no physical technology to detect what appear to be a non-physical consciousness. Therefore, a new paradigm, called the consciential paradigm, for the study and understanding of these events is needed.

In this work, several types of current 1st person research methodologies will be presented, where individuals develop their own skills and become both the subject and the researcher of the phenomena produced. As the number of cases from different individuals accumulates, consensus and refutation among these researchers allows for more solid conclusions and cross-verifications. Likewise, techniques for the production of paranormal phenomena can also be taught to other individuals, and their progress can be tracked by senior researchers. Helping in the consensus and the refinement of the methods. Furthermore, this work will also present new and 3rd person research initiatives with more classic instruments and methods, including studies using fMRI and double-blind experiments. These 3rd person experiments have already yielded positive and promising results which support the 1st and 2nd perspective research.

These 3-pronged approach (subjective, intersubjective, and objective) towards the study of consciousness aims to further the understanding of Reality, without limiting it unnecessarily to only the 3rd person perspective.

Bio: Luis Minero graduated in Chemistry with honors and the author of the book “Demystifying the Out-of-Body Experience”. He has lectured across Europe, Australia, North and South America on consciousness and OBEs, has had countless OBEs in his lifetime starting since his early teens (1st person), has helped thousands of individuals to develop their paranormal skills (2nd person), and has participated and helped to design several double-blind research activities (3rd person) on this subjects. Minero has been an IAC researcher and instructor since 1995, and is currently the Executive Director of the IAC California center and the Education Director of IAC globally.