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Sensation, Perception, and Extrasensory Perception
Extrasensory perception (ESP) is defined as the reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses, but sensed by the mind.
These include the sense of temperature, taste, pressure, sound, etc, and the type of sensory receptor activated by a stimulus plays a fundamental role in coding the sensory modality. The senses are the physiological capacities within human beings that provide inputs for perception, but such an input has not been found for extrasensory perception.
Interdisciplinary research efforts encompassing subjects such as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, the philosophy of perception, and parapsychology, study the senses and their operations, classifications, and theories.
Their studies dedicate one specific, physical sensory system or organ to each sense, but in the case of extrasensory perception, such a dedication has yet to be made. Such a dedication cannot be made until a specific physiological capacity can be identified as an input provider for extrasensory perception.
However, current research suggests that information may be received via the body’s biophotonic field (input) with the central nervous system as its path to perception. Perception is the process through which we attain awareness or an understanding of sensory information. What one perceives is a result of interactions between past experiences and the interpretation of that which is currently being perceived.
In regards to extrasensory perception, extrasensory information in which is received via out biophotonic field, is assumed to mediate through the central nervous system and up through our long-term memory, which is where our past experiences reside. When extrasensory information enters the long-term memory, the brain attempts to utilize past experiences to interpret the information received.
Once the information has been interpreted, the interpretation is the either subconsciously, or potentially consciously perceived (i.e. the individual becomes aware of the information to some degree).
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(Adapted from the book “A Quantum Approach Series” by Theresa M. Kelly, MsD.)