What we're about
ICRL is an international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational consortium of some 75 members, most of whom have been associated with the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory at Princeton University as interns or research collaborators over its thirty-year history. Our goal is to extend the work of PEAR into a broader range of inquiry; to encourage a new generation of creative investigators to expand the boundaries of scientific understanding; and to strengthen the foundations of science by reclaiming its spiritual heritage. Ultimately, we seek to integrate the subjective and objective dimensions of human experience into a self-reflective Science of the Subjective.
ICRL promotes, encourages, and advances the study, research and dissemination of knowledge related to the broad field of "human consciousness," including recognition of the role of anomalous phenomena for understanding the human mind and acknowledgement of subjectivity as a critical ingredient in any comprehensive model of physical reality. In addition to encouraging ongoing scholarly research, ICRL provides technical and logistical support for the development of tools for scholarly application and personal exploration. Its educational outreach includes sponsorship of web-based courses and seminars, and management of the ICRL Press, which publishes select books and monographs on consciousness-related topics.
ICRL was created in 1990 by the founders of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory at Princeton University, as a small informal consortium of some eight or nine colleagues from various countries and diverse professional backgrounds who met regularly to explore their shared interests in anomalous consciousness-related phenomena. In 1996 ICRL formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public foundation in the state of New Jersey under the direction of a distinguished Board of Trustees. Since then it has gradually expanded to include a broader network of some 85 scholars, representing 13 different countries and a comparable range of academic and professional backgrounds. In 2010 it established a physical headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, which will eventually house many of the original PEAR experimental facilities.